Henry Hart Rice Urban Studies Fellowship

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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 two new students 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


  • Submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner. Fellowship applicants must also submit a one-minute video essay. The deadline for Fall 2021 fellowship applications is November 30, 2020.
  • Those selected as fellowship semi-finalists will be invited to participate in Skype interviews in early-to-mid February 2021.
  • Those selected as fellowship finalists will be invited for an in-person interview with the Selection Committee in New York City in late March 2021. 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.


Katherine Rivard - 2019 Rice Fellow

2019 Rice Fellow Katherine Rivard

Katherine Rivard will be an incoming Master of Urban Planning student with a focus on international development and planning. She received her BS in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. After college, Katherine served as a project assistant on political development programs in the Balkans. Her passion for community building and urban revitalization has led to her most recent role as a communications and marketing specialist for the National Park Foundation in Washington, D.C. 

In this capacity, she provided communications support across the nonprofit, including writing the organization’s blog and even serving as the voice of the National Christmas Tree’s Twitter account. Katherine spends her free time writing for local newspapers, visiting coffee shops for her personal blog, reading as much as possible, and traveling.

Katherine has clear aspirations for reviving transportation options within her home town of Buffalo, New York. She intends on creating policy around travel, followed by a media campaign around the affordability, ease, and safety of public transportation.



Gretha Suarez - 2018 Rice Fellow

2018 Rice Fellow Gretha Suarez

Gretha Suarez is a current Master of Urban Planning student with a focus on environment, infrastructure, and transportation. She received her BA in World Politics with a concentration in Environmental Studies and a minor in Asian Studies from Hamilton College. After college, Gretha was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research the safety and accessibility of Mumbai’s public bus system in an underprivileged minority neighborhood.

Upon her return to the US, Gretha worked for Partnerships for Parks, a private-public partnership of NYC Parks and City Parks Foundation, as an outreach coordinator in Queens. In this role, she supported dedicated park groups in advocating and caring for their neighborhood parks and green spaces by connecting them to NYC Parks resources and helping them develop skills in community organizing.

Gretha was born in a small farming community outside of Havana, Cuba. At age 10, her parents won the so-called “freedom lottery”—a chance to move to America through a legal channel without risking arrest. Gretha is passionate about increasing accessibility to public transportation and public spaces. She sees her graduate studies at NYU Wagner as a golden opportunity to learn how to design and implement principles of resiliency within the policymaking process—a set of skills she will need to be a sustainability leader in the decades to come.

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