Do you ever wish you could go back to school and apply all you’ve learned as a professional to the big questions that still dog and excite you? The Harvard Graduate School of Design offers that opportunity with the Loeb Fellowship in Cambridge, Mass. Not only to you get to cross-pollinate ideas with faculty and students, but you have the whole fellowship class to brainstorm with as well.

The alumni club is a distinguished group of “urban designers, public artists, developers, journalists, civic leaders, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, policymakers, and community developers.” This year’s class includes Auburn University Rural Studio leader Andrew Freear, who is focusing on “pushing forward” the Rural Studio’s $20K house initiative for “affordable, equity-building, locally sourced, sustainable housing.”

The deadline for applications is January 5, 2018, and requires letters of recommendation, so plan ahead through the holiday season. Twenty finalists will be chosen by the panel of fellowship alumni, outside practitioners, and the program curator. Ultimately, 9 or 10 applicants will learn by the end of April that they are invited to join the class that begins in Mid-August of 2018 and continues until after commencement in 2019.

The program is designed for “people in mid-career, with a minimum of 5-10 years of experience in the field. We seek professionals who have leadership ability and who show the potential to take their capacities to higher levels. The opportunities presented by the Fellowship work best for those experienced enough to ask the hard questions, but with plenty of time left to make an impact. A typical Loeb class averages about 42 years of age.”

Fellows have to be willing and able to leave their day jobs behind for the academic year. They may also bring their families with them. To find out more, see the Loeb website.