The Harvard Committee on General Scholarships has awarded Justin Stern the Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship. The competitive fellowship, which affords scholars the opportunity to conduct research or study outside of Cambridge, is awarded to only one Harvard graduate. Stern was selected by the fellowship committee from a pool of applicants from Harvard’s various graduate Schools.
A recent graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Stern is a research associate in the department of urban planning and design and an instructor in urban planning in the GSD Career Discovery Program. Having also received a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2012-13 year, he will use the Sheldon fellowship to fund research and language study in Hong Kong and Seoul, after which he will continue his studies in a doctoral program. Stern’s research will focus on the political economy of urban morphology in late industrializing countries in Asia, exploring how export-oriented industrialization and the scale of industry in East Asian countries factor into urban design, planning, and other elements of spatial morphology.