Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) Program


The Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) program is a leadership development program designed to expose historically underrepresented minority undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to key public policy issues. The program provides Fellows with weekly seminars offering a solid introduction to theory and practice in the areas of public policymaking, advocacy, community development, and service provision and also a valuable internship experience. 

Students from all academic areas are eligible, including those with an interest in fields such as education, urban planning, political science, sociology, urban health, communication, and law. Upperclassman standing (minimum 45 hours) is necessary to participate in this non-degree, non-credit program. 

For more information regarding the UPPF program or application process, please contact Catalina Nava at (312) 355-0154 or via email: cnava2@uic.edu

The UPPF 2015-2016 Application is now available. Click on the below links to access the application.

2015-2016 UPPF Application Word Document
2015-2016 UPPF Application Electronic Form

If you have any questions, please contact Catalina Nava at cnava2@uic.edu or 312-355-0154.

2014-2015 UPPF Program

2013-2014 UPPF Program

2012-2013 UPPF Program

2011-2012 UPPF Program 

2010-2011 UPPF Program 

Spring 2010 UPPF Program 

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The UPPF Program is administered by IPCE in partnership with the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services program (LARES) and the African American Academic Network (AAAN).







UPPF Alumni


Victor Perez

Spring 2010

Major: Urban & Public Affairs

Internship Placement: City of Blue Island

Research Project: Mass Transit Funding Policy & Its Impact on Chicago

Life after UPPF:
Victor will begin Master of Urban Planning & Public Affairs Program at UIC in the fall of 2012.