2015-16 Academic Year

SEED Wayne Fellowship in Community Food Systems Planning

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning and SEED Wayne have received funding from the WK Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Motor Company Fund to support a Fellowship in Community Food Systems Planning

The Fellowship has two required classes. UP 5430, Cities and Food, is offered during the winter semesters, so interested students will need to register for the Winter 2016 offering soon! With some exceptions, UP 5430 is a requirement for UP 7810, Internship in Planning for Community Food Systems. which can be taken in any semester during the academic year. Up to $2,500 is available in tuition scholarship and/or stipend for the Internship for eligible students, subject to university rules and availability of funds.
Click here to complete an application. Separately, email to k.pothukuchi@wayne.edu, a personal statement of no more than 2 pages, related to your interest in the Fellowship. More details are on the application form. 
Watch a 2014 video in which Kami Pothukuchi describes SEED Wayne's activitties and explains why students participate.
Guest seminars by community leaders in the Cities and Food class are open to the public, with prior RSVP to k.pothukuchi@wayne.edu.

 Mimi Pledl of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation starts our Seminar Series off, January 25, with a presentation on the Green Grocer Project.

Frequently asked questions

What is the SEED Wayne Fellowship?
The SEED Wayne Fellowship aims to develop a cadre of graduate students with knowledge in community food systems, familiarity with the Detroit context, and basic competencies for community food sustainability and justice work. The Fellowship integrates classroom and engaged learning through a required course and an internship, both offered in partnership with community‐based organizations.

What are the Fellowship’s goals?
The SEED Wayne Fellowship has three main goals:
•    To increase students’ capacity to help grow local, sustainable, and just food systems in Detroit.
•    To support community‐based organizations engaged in sustainable and just food systems work through activities related to, among others, urban agriculture, healthy food retail in neighborhoods, community nutrition, food justice, and related policy and planning.
•    To enhance community capacity related to sustainable and just food systems.

How is the Fellowship structured?
The Fellowship requires completion with a grade of B+ or better, of UP 5430, Cities and Food (winter semesters), and UP 7810, Internship in Community Food Systems Planning. UP 7810 involves a work with a community organization on a pre-negotiated project and deliverable. The Fellowship awards up to $2,500 towards tuition and/or stipend for the Internship, subject to university rules and availability of funds.

Who is eligible?
Students in urban studies and planning, business, education, public health, public policy, nutrition, natural/environmental sciences, and social sciences such as sociology, anthropology, and political science are encouraged to apply. The Fellowship gives preferential consideration to applicants who: a) have previous volunteer or employment experience in local food system-related activities (such as urban agriculture, community nutrition, healthy food retail, anti-hunger, food policy, etc.); b) have at least five years of residency in the city of Detroit; and c) are currently enrolled in a professional degree such as urban planning, public health, social work, education, business, or law. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

How do I Apply?
Applicants must submit a completed application along with a personal statement of interest (1-2 pages) in the SEED Wayne Fellowship in Community Food Systems Planning. Write k.pothukuchi@wayne.edu for an application. Click here or information about SEED Wayne.

Contact us!
SEED Wayne, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
k.pothukuchi@wayne.edu  *  313.577.2701313.577.2701  *  www.clas.wayne.edu/DUSP
656 W. Kirby, 3198 Faculty Administration Building, Detroit, MI 48202



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