The Metro-Urban Institute fellowship is a one-year paid, urban immersion experience for seminarians enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministru at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This fellowship offers PTS scholars the opportunity to engage in communities and advance social justice, equity, and transformation in Pittsburgh's urban communities.

During this year, scholars are enrolled in master's-level classes while working with community organizations on specific projects in one of the following fields: education, vocational development, business, technology, law, the arts, medicine, government, urban agriculture, and youth and/or senior ministries. Fellows also work alongside the Larimer Consensus Group, engaging in community-based research, aiding their efforts to ensure the revitalization of Larimer is reflective of the needs and desires of the residents of the community. 

In addition to their community-based work, fellows attend weekly Bible studies to discuss their communit-engaged experiences and the way in which it correlates to their theological education and personal development. Fellows are also assigned an East End mentor experienced in social justice ministry to support the stuidents in further contextualizing their experience and discerning the way in which they are called to urban ministry.

The Metro-Urban Institute Fellowship provides monthly professional development seminars through the Metro-Urban Institute Urban Leadership Series, comprised of workshops and lectures aimed at equipping organizations and individuals with the tools and skills necessary to address issues in urban communities. This series is held the first Monday of every month during the school year and facilitated by various community subject matter experts. The Urban Leadership Series provides free community-focused professional development to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary students and the community at-large. These sessions are open to the public.

Program Overview

  • $600 monthly stipend
  • Time commitment of up to 20 hours per week
  • Mandatory attendance at monthly professional development sessions and weekly Bible studies
  • 15 hours per week at an approved community organization
  • Attendance at Larimer Consensus Group’s monthly community meetings
  • One week of community-based research along with various community engagement requirements throughout the program
  • One hour of monthly mentoring
  • Acting as an MUI ambassador both within the Seminary and greater community


  • A strong commitment to urban ministry
  • Enrollment in the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergrad or GCUM courses
  • An exceptionally strong work ethic
  • A desire to work within the diverse communities of Pittsburgh’s East End
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and ability to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • Not enrolled in Field Education during fellowship year

Application for the 2018-2019 Fellowship Cohort will be available April 2018. For more information on the Metro-Urban Institute Fellowship contact Christin Thorpe at or 412-924-1363

Learn more about our 2017-2018 Metro-Urban Institute Fellows below.


MUI Fellowship Application

Interested in applying for the upcoming cohort? Please complete the application below.

Applicants for Metro-Urban Institute Fellowship must submit a resume and both of the following essays.
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