Endowed by the Rice Family Foundation, the Henry Hart Rice Fellowship is awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment to bringing their scholarship and expertise to bear upon significant urban issues.

The fellowship is named for Henry Hart Rice, who was a leader in the world of residential and commercial real estate for six decades. An industry senior statesman, public servant, author, and lecturer, Mr. Rice conceived and developed projects throughout the U.S. and Canada, but made his biggest impact on New York City real estate and urban planning. He was instrumental in preserving and landmarking Carnegie Hall and in the development of Lincoln Center Plaza. He led the real estate development of Fresh Meadows in Queens and organized the land assembly that led to the creation of Barney’s on Madison Avenue. He also held key government posts early in his career and helped write the original NYC rent-control rules. Mr. Rice served as the chairman of James Felt Realty Services for almost 40 years. He was also a governor of the Real Estate Board of New York and a member of the New York City Public Development Corporation.

Fellowship Criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to bringing your expertise to bear upon significant urban issues
  • Passion for learning and problem-solving
  • Thoughtful and articulate communication, both verbal and written
  • Steadfast dedication, emotional maturity, flexibility under adverse conditions
  • Demonstrated success in a first career

How to Apply

  • Submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner. Fellowship applicants must also submit the one-minute video essay in order to be considered for fellows. Applications are due by the December 15 deadline.
  • Those selected as fellowship semi-finalists will be invited to participate in Skype interviews in mid-to-late February 2017.
  • Those selected as fellowship finalists will be invited for an in-person interview with the Selection Committee in New York City in early April 2017. Those finalists who cannot travel to New York will be able to interview via Skype. This panel of judges will be comprised of representatives from sponsoring organizations, faculty and NYU Wagner alumni.