External Scholarships and Student Opportunities

The Levin College Office of Student Services (LCOSS) occasionally receives announcements of external scholarships and other opportunities of interest to Urban Affairs students and graduates. As announcements are received, they will be posted below. For more information about a particular opportunity, please contact the associated organization directly.

All items are posted for informational purposes only and at the discretion of LCOSS.  Postings may be denied or removed without notice. LCOSS makes no guarantee as to the completeness / correctness of the information listed below. For older postings please see the Opportunities archive.

Also see our Career Information and Internship listing pages. 


Posting Date: 05/17/2019
Opportunity Type:  Fellowship Opportunity
Opportunity Title: 2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference
Company: Association For Public Policy Analysis & Management

As our 41st annual meeting, the APPAM 2019 Fall Research Conference will be a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues.  The current political context underscores the value of bringing together researchers and practitioners with a wide range of perspectives to engage the evidence and discuss how best to improve public policy.  We hope that the theme, Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on the Issues and Evidence, will encourage a conference with conversations that reach across disciplinary, methodological and ideological divides.  

This conversation will take place across 300+ educational programs in a variety of formats, including panels, roundtables, poster presentations, super sessions and special events.  Read our interview with APPAM President-Elect Maria Cancian for more about the role that diversity will play in the conference.    

Conference Location:

The 2019 Fall Research Conference will take place at The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, located at 1550 Court Place in Denver, Colorado, just minutes walking from the American Museum of Western Art, the Denver Pavillions for shopping, and the Molly Brown House Museum.  Our room block for the conference will open in early July.

Important Dates: 

Registration opens July 15
Accept/Reject Notifications Sent Mid July
2019 Fall Research Conference November 7-9

Click here for more information: Opportunity Details 

Posting Date: 04/18/2019
Opportunity Type: Scholarship Opportunity
Opportunity Title: Enterprise Ohio Scholarship
Company: Cleveland Housing Network

We are pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity, now open to Undergraduate and Graduate African-American students pursuing a degree that will help them in joining or advancing in Cleveland’s community development field. We will award up to two scholarships of up to $5,000 each for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The Enterprise Ohio Scholarship is offered for the 2019-2020 school year in honor of Bruce Murphy. Mr. Murphy made tremendous contributions to community development during his tenure at Key Bank and was recognized as Enterprise’s Visionary of the Year in 2018.

Purpose of the Scholarship:

Community Development can be defined as "community-based activities that build stronger and more resilient communities through an ongoing process of identifying and addressing needs, assets, and priority investments." This Scholarship is offered with the intention of promoting the participation of African-Americans in the field of community development in Cleveland by way of completion of a graduate or undergraduate degree at a university in Northeast Ohio in a related field of study. Enterprise will help meet financial need by awarding up to two scholarships of up to $5,000 each for the 2019-2020 school year.


Scholarship amount you are requesting (up to $5,000 for full-time students; up to $2,500 for part-time students)

Application Deadline: 5 pm on Friday, ET on May 31, 2019

Click here for more information: Opportunity Details

Posting Date: 04/02/2019
Opportunity Type:  Fellowship Opportunity
Opportunity Title: USDN Equity Diversity Inclusion Fellowship - Summer 2019
Company: Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)

The Global Philanthropy Partnership (GPP) and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) are pleased to offer seven summer 2019 fellowship opportunities with local governments. Fellows will receive a valuable learning experience while helping local governments to advance their sustainability and inclusion goals.

2019 fellowships will be offered with the City of Baltimore (MD), City of Cleveland (OH), City of Dubuque (IA)City of Fort Collins (CO), Iowa City (IA) City of Philadelphia (PA), and City of Vancouver (BC).  These links contain more information on the scope of each available fellowship.   

The application period will now be open through late April 2019.  However, review of applications will begin in late March and Host Cities may make hiring decisions.  


  • A living wage or higher for the fellowship location
  • Full-time employment over the summer (12 weeks, start date TBD by host and fellows)
  • The experience of working in a local government sustainability program on a well-defined project that advances a community’s sustainability and equity goals
  • A project that is inclusive of underserved and under-represented communities and responsive to their needs and priorities
  • Mentorship from Desiree Williams Rajee and participation in a national learning cohort of USDN EDI fellows.
  • Access to all USDN member discussions and products
  • Free attendance at the October 2019 USDN annual meeting (lodging, flight, meals, and the opportunity to meet with more than 200 sustainability professionals from across North America - expenses paid)
  • Membership in an informal network of past and current EDI fellows

Application Deadline: Late April  2019

Click here for more information: Opportunity Details | Download Application

Posting Date: 03/15/2019
Opportunity Type: Civil Engineering Scholarship Opportunity
Company: CT consultants


  • Be an Black/African descent student enrolled in an accredited Ohio College or University civil engineering program
  • Students must be declared as an Engineering Major and focus on Civil Engineering
  • Maintain reasonable standard of conduct, as defined by the Ohio Minority Student Scholarship Program selection Committee, expected of scholarship students


  • Four $2,500 scholarships awarded each year
  • Student(s) can maintain multi-year scholarships if they continue to fulfill program requirements
  • Recipients may be eligible for internship and mentoring opportunities
  • The program will be marketed to accredited Ohio Colleges and Universities that have Engineering programs

Click here for more information: Opportunity Details

Posting Date: 03/15/2019
Opportunity Type: Civil Engineering Scholarship Opportunity
Opportunity Title: Edwin B. Hogan Memorial Scholarship
Company: CT consultants


  • Black/African Descent
  • Enrolled in an Accredited Ohio College or University in the Civil Engineering, Architecture and Planning Field(s)
  • Strong Community Involvement


  • $5,000 scholarship for students of Black/African Descent in the Civil Engineering, Architecture and Planning Fields with a focus on Community Involvement
  • Presented annually by CT Consultants, Inc

Click here for more information: Opportunity Details

Posting Date: 03/11/2019
Opportunity Type: Scholarship Opportunity
Opportunity Title: 2019 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace
Company: CREW Network Foundation

CREW Network Foundation is the only organization dedicating its resources solely towards transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally.


  • $5,000 USD (or CAD equivalent) for tuition and books
  • Paid internship opportunity (summer of 2020)
  • Complimentary CREW Network student at-large membership (18 months)
  • Complimentary registration to the 2019 CREW Network Convention and Marketplace in Orlando, Fla

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Posting Date: 03/06/2019
Opportunity Type: Program Leader
Opportunity Title: Part-Time Enrichment Program Leader
Company: After-School All-Stars (ASAS)

ASAS is currently seeking a passionate and talented enrichment instructor (i.e. Program Leader).  Reporting to the Program Coordinator, the Enrichment Program Leader is responsible for developing lesson plans, managing classrooms, ensuring safety of students, and facilitating daily implementation of the C.E.O. program and STEAM classes. C.E.O. (Career Exploration Opportunities) is a career development and entrepreneurialism program created to help students learn to be self-sufficient adults, prepare them for the 21st century economy, and inspire long-term career planning.  C.E.O. also connects youth with community leaders from the government, business, and nonprofit sectors to help them learn workplace skills and motivate them to create ambitious career goals. STEAM classes include science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics activities.

Compensation: $12/hour

Application Deadline: N/A

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Posting Date: 03/06/2019
Opportunity Type: Program Leader
Opportunity Title: Part-Time Administrative Program Leader
Company: After-School All-Stars (ASAS)

ASAS Cleveland is seeking part-time Administrative Program Leaders to work directly with elementary and middle school students in an engaging after-school program. The Administrative Program Leader must be energetic, youth-focused, and passionate about providing high quality programming to Cleveland youth. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a great personality, passionate about serving youth in an educational setting, with the ability to engage with K– 8th grade students. The Administrative Program Leader’s mission is to ensure that youth have a positive and fun after-school experience and are crucial to a successful after-school program.

Compensation: $12/hour

Application Deadline: N/A

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Posting Date: 02/27/2019
Opportunity Type: Competition Opportunity
Opportunity Title: Zero Threshold Design Competition
Company: Created by North Coast Community Homes Funded By The Cleveland Foundation

CLEVELAND – February 19, 2019 – Zero Threshold is a one-of-a-kind international design challenge aimed at creating the most innovative, visually appealing and forward-thinking barrier-free designs for living. The contest invites designers to celebrate the aesthetics of accessibility and seeks accessible-housing concepts that emphasize striking, beautiful design in equal weight to functionality. The competition encompasses:

  • New residential construction
  • Accessory dwellings
  • Interior design and retrofits for existing housing
  • Public space and landscape design
  • Holistic urban design strategies aimed at eliminating physical and social barriers in urban neighborhoods

The competition is timely, as cities across the U.S. face a lack of accessible housing for people with disabilities and a growing population of older individuals looking to stay in their communities. Zero Threshold is open to students and professionals, working individually or in teams. Winning entries will receive monetary awards and be featured in an exhibition and publication. The most compelling and innovative projects will be considered for construction in a future second phase of the competition.

$15,000 in prizes, including a special Student Division

Application Deadline: Early bird registration until March 8, 2019. Competition ends June 28, 2019. 

Click here for more information: Opportunity Details | Flyer

Posting Date: 02/08/2019
Opportunity Type: Student Employment
Opportunity Title: Design and Construction Documents Management Assistant
Company: Cleveland State University Office of the University Architect

Design and construction documents management. Some amount of clerical and filing required. Maintaining and organizing Plans Room and Plotter Room documents.

Application Deadline: N/A

For more details about this position, click here.