Henry Hart Rice Urban Studies Fellowship

The Henry Hart Rice Urban Studies Fellowship, endowed by the Rice Family Foundation, is awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment to bringing their scholarship and expertise to bear upon significant urban issues. The fellowship provides full tuition support for one new student each year.

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 US 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.

Henry Hart Rice 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.


  • 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

Students enrolled in dual degree programs with other NYU schools are not eligible for NYU Wagner Named Fellowship programs or merit scholarships.


  • Submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner. Fellowship applicants must also submit a one-minute video essay. 
  • Those selected as fellowship semi-finalists will be invited to participate in Zoom interviews.
  • Those selected as fellowship finalists will be invited for a virtual interview with the Selection Committee. This panel of judges will be comprised of representatives from sponsoring organizations, faculty, and NYU Wagner alumni.


Current FellowS

Jennah Gosciak

Jennah Gosciak (MUP 2023) - 2021 Rice Fellow

Jennah Gosciak is a Master of Urban Planning student and a Henry Hart Rice Urban Studies Fellow at NYU Wagner. They're interested in the intersections of urban planning and data science, specifically leveraging the power of open data to improve policymaking in cities and support community-driven initiatives.

Prior to Wagner, Jennah worked as a programmer at Mathematica where they supported RCTs, impact evaluations, and descriptive studies on policy issues related to education, child welfare, labor, and family support. Jennah graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a B.A. in applied mathematics and urban studies.

Jane Bartman

Jane Bartman (MUP 2022) - 2020 Rice Fellow

Jane is a student in the Master of Urban Planning program at NYU Wagner, where she is particularly interested in how city governments can further equitable and innovative strategies for housing affordability. She works as a Housing Fellow at Bloomberg Associates (BA) and NYU’s Furman Center, furthering priority housing related-initiatives and research for U.S. and international cities. 

Prior to joining NYU Wagner, Jane worked full-time as a pro bono consultant to mayor's offices at BA, with key projects including: providing strategic, technical, and analytic assistance to nine cities' 2020 Census campaigns; assessing and recommending opportunities to deploy reserve funds held by a major city public housing authority; and facilitating advisory council meetings, creating and analyzing survey results, and developing recommendations for the creation of the City of Atlanta's COVID-19 phased reopening guidelines.

Jane’s past work also includes managing market feasibility analyses for real estate development across product types and in 50+ U.S. geographies at the Concord Group. Jane graduated from the University of Chicago, where she earned an AB with honors in Geography and International Studies. 

ALUMNI Fellows

Katherine Rivard

Katherine Rivard (MUP 2021) - 2019 Rice Fellow

Katherine Rivard (MUP 2021) earned her Master of Urban Planning with a focus on international development and planning. She received her bachelor's in culture and politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. 

Prior to joining Wagner, Katherine served as a project assistant on political development programs in the Balkans. Her passion for community building and urban revitalization led to hands-on learning opportunities during her graduate studies, including an internship with NYC Mayor's Office for International Affairs and a research assistantship with NYU Furman Center.

Melinda Hanson

Melinda Hanson (MUP 2014) - 2013 Rice Fellow

"NYU Wagner gave me the skills and connections to transition from a career in philanthropy to a career in urban planning and policy. In addition to quality courses, I got to work with NYU research institutes on projects directly relevant to pressing NYC transportation issues."

Melinda is co-founder and Principal at Electric Avenue, a public affairs and mobility strategy firm working with companies, non-profits, and city agencies to move car trips to micro-EVs. She’s spent her career working at the intersection of transport and climate, including as Head of Sustainability at Bird, Deputy Director at NACTO, and Portfolio Manager at the ClimateWorks Foundation. Highlights include implementing tactical urbanism projects in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; contributing to the master plan for a Bus Rapid Transit Project in Peshawar, Pakistan; and supporting research and advocacy to pass the Obama administration’s landmark fuel economy standards.

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