Geodesign Fellows Program

The Geodesign Fellows Program is open to sophomores and juniors who are committed to helping others and building solutions for some of the world’s most serious and vexing problems. This is a 12-month (fall, spring, and summer) commitment and the three fellows chosen each year will work with the Geodesign Fellows Program Manager to prepare for and participate in visioning workshops which seek to create consensus among experts, stakeholders, and the people of the place around plans for building sustainable and healthy communities.

Geodesign is a relatively new and cross-cutting discipline that seeks to use spatial information to describe the current status and opportunities to improve the lives of people in specific places, planning as a framework for collective action, and design as a force for good. The Spatial Sciences Institute currently offers a B.S. in Geodesign and a B.S. in Global Geodesign in collaboration with the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC School of Architecture.

The students who apply to the Geodesign Fellows Program should bring some existing skills, experiences and initiatives that could help with the creation and assessment of plans, programs and design solutions, and a strong commitment to pursue a career in global leadership upon graduation. The program is not restricted to geodesign majors and some additional training will be provided in the handling and use of geographic information to support the work connected with the visioning workshops themselves. The Geodesign Fellows will learn to work in a multidisciplinary team, to communicate across cultures and to evaluate the efficacy of proposed solutions from local, national and global perspectives.

$11,000 per year
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please tell us about your existing skills and interests and your aspirations following graduation.
  2. Please upload an updated resume or CV.
  3. Please upload an example of academic work (paper, poster, article, etc.).
  4. Please upload a copy of your most recent course plan approved by your academic advisor.
  5. Please upload a copy of your most recent STARS report.
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