CUP Fellowship

Dear CUP Members & Friends,

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) is seeking dynamic and emerging leaders from the digital and technology, legal, business, media and entertainment, consulting, finance, public and non-profit sectors for its CUP Fellows Program.

Through the CUP Fellows Program, participants complete a rigorous ten-month leadership development experience that includes comprehensive training, events and board placement services that prepare them for impactful civic involvement.
There is no greater experience than being a CUP Fellow!  

In addition to equipping professionals with the skills needed to lead with impact, the CUP Fellows Program provides participants with a lifelong springboard for prestigious opportunities such as appointments to high profile cultural institutions, policy commissions and more. By exposing CUP Fellows to public sector opportunities and cultivating their networks, the program is designed to equip participants with the skills, information and resources needed to manage their careers effectively and position themselves for leadership opportunities. 


  • Capstone Experience: Held over the course of an entire day, the experience provides the CUP Fellows with the opportunity to strengthen their bonds as they attend plenary discussions and smaller hands-on workshops.
  • CUP Board Matching Program: Recent research demonstrates that boards, which are the governing bodies of the sector, are not as diverse in age, gender or ethnicity as the communities with which they work. CUP assists in placing Fellows on nonprofit boards in the interest of transforming the sector.
  • CUP Executive Level Membership: At the conclusion of the program, CUP Fellows receive a one year CUP Executive Level membership. This membership gives access to members-only receptions, networking opportunities, leadership development forums and more.
  • CUP Fellows Alumni Board: The CUP Fellows Alumni Board is a voluntary collaboration between CUP Fellows Alumni and CUP Staff. The Alumni Board assists in the selection of CUP Fellows and offers strategic insight on the future direction and scale of the program. 

Application and Selection Information:
All information about the application process can be found here

The application deadline for the 2013 CUP Fellows is December 12, 2012

Interviews of select candidates will be scheduled between January 7, 2013 and January 25, 2013. 

The 2013 CUP Fellows will be announced on February 4, 2013. 

Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to receiving your application materials.

Best regards, 

Alicia L. Young, Director of Programs, CUP Leadership Institute