Excellence in Public Service Awards 2021: Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline: May 24, 2021.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

  • Recognize outstanding public service achievements by recent MCP graduates
  • Provide inspiration and encouragement to other DUSP students, DUSP alumni/ae, and others to pursue public service careers
  •  Provide a financial award to help offset debt incurred to obtain an MCP degree

Type of Assistance.  Up to two awards of up to $10,000 will be made each year.  Awards must be used to reduce outstanding debt incurred to obtain a MCP degree.  Please note that these awards may be subject to taxes and applicants should consult their tax advisors.

Eligibility.  Eligibility is based on the graduation year, public service employment and financial need.  Graduates who received an MCP degree from DUSP between 2016 and 2020 and are employed full-time in planning-related public service work are eligible.  Public service work includes employment in government, the private non-profit sector, an equivalent organization, or self-employment with a public service mission.  Graduates in an academic position at a college or university are not eligible.  For financial eligibility, a graduate must have incurred at least $30,000 in debt to secure an MCP degree, have at least $15,000 of that debt still unpaid, and have annual income of $73,000 or less.  For applicants who are married, 50% of the total household income will be used to determine eligibility with an allowance for children based on the IRS dependent exemption amount. Please add $4,050 per dependent to the income cap.  Both U.S. and international alumni/ae are eligible and are encouraged to apply.  For international applicants, foreign currency denominated debt and income will be converted into dollars, based on the currency exchange rate in effect on the application deadline date.  (Exceptions to these eligibility requirements may be made given exceptional circumstances.)