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Call for Fellows: Public Space Fellowship Program 2022

Application Deadline: October 24, 2021

During a time marked by widespread challenges to public health and well-being, public spaces have served as essential sites for civic life; including recreation, cultural engagement, advocacy, activism and commerce. But the opportunities, recognition of expertise, and allocation of resources for city-building have long been exclusive or confined. How then can cities around the world take this moment to broaden the public space field to include, empower and value more perspectives in the development, operations and programming of our shared public realm?

The Bentway’s Public Space Fellowship seeks to help address these gaps and ensure that burgeoning talent, lived experience, and a diversity of expertise help shape a more inclusive and accessible city for all.


  • Applicants must reside in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area and have demonstrated
    experience and interest working in and around public space in areas such as: urban
    planning and design, architecture, landscape, active transportation, public art, health and
    well-being, public policy, cultural equity, creative place-making, safety, accessibility, and
    community engagement, supportive housing, social services, sustainability, and
    environmental studies.
  • We recognize and value a wide range of experiences and expertise, both traditional and
    applied. Applicants are not required to have professional degrees in the above-mentioned
    categories. We encourage applications from individuals who are undertaking relevant
    community initiatives to engage in city-building processes of critical importance in
    maintaining or regaining the strength and resilience of cities. CALL FOR PUBLIC SPACE FELLOWS
  • The Bentway is committed to fostering a positive and supportive creative environment that
    promotes equity and diversity and will prioritize applications from persons with disabilities,
    Indigenous and racialized persons, women, and LGBTQ+ people. Priority will be given to
    BIPOC candidates, and other historically marginalized individuals who have valuable
    professional and/or lived experience in equitable public space development, programming
    and research.


  • Hands-on Experience
    The Public Space fellowship offers unique opportunities for direct engagement in
    public space and with public space practitioners through site work and over digital
    platforms. Fellows will benefit from exposure to the day-to-day realities of public
    space operations and programming. Please note that due to COVID-19 may change
    the nature of work on site and in the Bentway office leading to a greater reliance on
    digital communication and coordination.
  • Cross-Sector Learning
    Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with creative partners, peer
    organizations, community stakeholders and multiple City divisions during the
    duration of the fellowship. They will gain a firsthand look at how public and private
    entities and individuals actively work to shape the public realm.
  • Capacity-Building
    Fellows will be invited to attend education and engagement opportunities aimed at
    sharing individual perspectives, building connections, and furthering collective
    knowledge of the unique health and safety and equity issues faced by a diversity of
    communities. These opportunities may take the form of roundtable discussions,
    working groups, information sessions, and more.
  • Professional Development
    The Public Space Fellowship will lead to new learnings and relationships that will
    help the fellow further their career objectives. The Bentway will assist fellows in
    their future endeavors by facilitating new connections, sharing information about
    professional opportunities and new developments in the field, as well as offering
    continued mentorship.
  • Stipend
    $16,000 ($800/week over 20-week fellowship period)

Application Procedure

Complete applications must be received by no later than 11:59 pm on October 24, 2021 to
be considered. Applications may be submitted via email with the subject line ‘Public Space
Fellowship Application’ to
Application Package Components:
• CV (PDF format, no more than 3 pages)
• Letter of Intent (no more than 2 pages), which addresses the following:

  1. How have your past experiences equipped you to explore this topic?
  2. What research areas are you interested in exploring?
  3. How do you think you would benefit from the Public Space Fellowship
    • 1 letter of support from someone who is familiar with your experience and skills
    Proposals will be evaluated by The Bentway team, as well as external reviewers from
    Bentway partner organizations or peer projects. Successful candidates will be contacted in
    early November 2021 to arrange interviews. Accommodations will be made available to
    those prospective candidates that are unable to attend an online interview, either through a
    phone-based interview or by means of an in person, physically distanced interview.

Candidates who are not part of the interview shortlist will be notified no later than
November 15, 2021. In an effort to support all applicants’ ongoing professional
development, The Bentway team will conduct a follow-up session on December 8, 2021
providing feedback on the application, interview, and review process. The session will also CALL FOR PUBLIC SPACE FELLOWS
highlight opportunities for continued engagement with the organization, including
professional development events, training, as well as volunteer opportunities related to
ongoing programming and operations.

Official Website: Call for Fellows: Public Space Fellowship Program 2022



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