Application to the CBIPS and to the AECOM and STV Industry Field Study (previously called 'Practicum') is highly selective, involving an understanding of value, willingness to participate in fast-paced, collaborative “action research,” and a programmatic approach to problem-solving and thinking outside the constraints of siloed practice.
Candidates can apply to CBIPS alone, to CBIPS with AECOM Industry Field Study, to CBIPS with STV Industry Field Study to one or both Industry Field Study programs without CBIPS. The application process is common for all these permutations.
Applications should include:
* A paragraph about what you will gain from the program.
* A  paragraph about what you will contribute to the program.
* A paragraph about your research interests.
* A one-page resume.
* A clear expression of interest in either the CBIPS Fellowship alone, or in combination with one of the Industry Field Study programs, or in the Industry Field Study alone.
* Registration for 1 to 3 units of independent research for CBIPS and similarly for the Industry Field Study.
* A brief interview (contact [email protected]) to schedule. The interview conversation will be for both CBIPS and the Industry Field Study programs.
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A: The CBIPS Research Fellowship and separate Industry FIeld Study (previously called 'Practicum') counts for academic credit. Fellows register for Independent Study and receive one to three credits per semester for the CBIPS Fellowship and one to three credits per semester for the Industry Field Study. Students can apply for CBIPS alone, or for the Industry Field Study alone, or to CBIPS in combination with the Industry Field Study. If application is made to the Industry Field Study, please indicate preference for AECOM, STV, or 'no preference.'

A: The research topics, the majority of which will be done in partnership with public agencies or the private sector, as in the process of being determined. Fellows can also suggest their own specific research topic. All Fellows meet once each week throughout the semester for two hours. In addition, students working on a team project meet a second time each week for an additional hour.  Last year the social housing research group had this supplemental hour-long session with housing experts, including engineers, architects, and a Housing Authority design leader. Apart from these classroom sessions, field study to construction sites or recently completed buildings or civic infrastructure projects take place once each month. These are supplemented by week-long field study that occurs during the winter and spring breaks. The most recent one took place in London (from Monday, 1/13, through Friday, 1/17 in 2020). Based on that, during the semester, it is expected that Fellows will spend between four to six hours per week either in a field study in New York City or research meetings. The semester schedule of holidays parallels that of School and University.

A: Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBIPS International and National Field Study was undertaken during the winter and spring breaks respectively. The cost of communal food and hotel lodging was paid for by the University, along with the cost of local public transportation such as subway or bus. Airfare, individual meals and incidentals are the responsibility of the Fellow. During the pandemic, the International and National Field Study was conducted virtually by Zoom. For the 2022-2023 Academic Year, we are guardedly optimistic that International and National Field Study will be in place, not virtual, subject to University policies, procedures and safety constraints.

A: There is no financial assistance for the Fellow in relation to tuition, room and board, or transportation in NYC. For the CBIPS National and International field study, there is financial assistance as above, that is for communal food, hotel lodging and local public transportation. 

A: The duration of the CBIPS Program and the Industry FIeld Study (previously called 'Practicum') follows the academic calendar of the School and University. Preference is given to students who are interested in being a Fellow for the whole academic year. For CBIPS Fellows, a commitment to participate in the international and national field studies is required.

A: Yes. Selection to the CBIPS Fellows Program requires commitment to participate in both the Global (International) and the National Field Study. Site visits and meetings with design and construction industry leaders in both the Global (International) and the National Field Study will parallel and complement the program content in New York City. Participation is obligatory and highly beneficial.

A. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the CBIPS Fellowship and the Industry Field Study (previously called 'Practicum') are separate and distinct, though linked by a common application process. Students can apply to the CBIPS Fellowship alone, to the Industry Field Study alone, or to a combination of the CBIPS Fellowship and the Industry Field Study. If applying to the Industry Field Study, students are requested to indicate a preference for AECOM or STV or to indicate 'no preference.'

There is no form, as such, to download. Students applying to either the CBIPS Fellowship or the Industry Field Study (previously called 'Practicum') or to a combination of the CBIPS Fellowship and Industry Field Study, should send a cover letter with the required information to the CBIPS email address which is [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, 21 August 2023. Under exceptional circumstances (travel exigencies, etc.) applications received after this deadline may be considered. Please be sure to indicate your name, contact information (email addresses and phone number) and the other information listed above, including a commitment to participate fully in the meetings and components of the program(s). Thank you for your interest!