Apply for Vanguard – Next City

Apply for Vanguard

The 2017 Vanguard conference will be held in Montréal, Québec, from May 31 through June 3.

The conference welcomes entrepreneurs, community developers, activists, artists, designers, urban planners and sustainability experts — anyone committed to improving cities.

The conference is free and there are a limited number of stipends to cover travel costs for qualified applicants.

How It Works

Applications for the 2017 Vanguard conference are now closed.

Why You Should Apply

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    “If you want to be challenged and grow intellectually and professionally in an environment with like minded individuals ahead of their game and striving for urban change then you need to apply for Vanguard 2017.”

    Ifeoma Ebo
    Vanguard 2016
    Strategic Initiative Specialist, New York City Department of Design and Construction

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    “There's something truly special about colliding with a group of people who are not from the same place, but are united in their desire to learn from others and share the stories of our daily grind with the rest of the world.”

    Rohit Malhotra
    Vanguard 2016
    Founder and Executive Director, Center for Civic Innovation

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    “Vanguard was an incredibly unique way to meet and work with other urban leaders from across the country and the world — a fantastic experience!”

    Jacqueline Burton
    Vanguard 2016
    Program Associate, Ford Foundation

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    “Vanguard has been an invaluable asset for my professional development by growing my network more than I ever thought possible and inspiring me to think about cities differently.”

    Juan Sebastian Mendive
    Vanguard 2015
    Principal/Owner, Urban Strategy Lab

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    “Exploring the intersectionality of culture, arts, science, urban planning and the like as a Vanguard is compelling and intensely invigorating. It's an explosive kick of robust learning and sharing that challenges perspectives all the while seeking out creative and tangible solutions for the todays of tomorrow.”

    Danica Monét
    Vanguard 2016
    Creative Director & Interaction Designer, Rokh.co

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    “Vanguard is more than a conference, more than just another experience. It is an opportunity for you to learn what it takes to change community and, ultimately, the world.”

    David R. McGhee
    Vanguard 2016
    Program Director, The Skillman Foundation

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    “The Next City Vanguard Conference is a tremendous opportunity to engage with emerging leaders committed to affecting sustainable and more equitable change in global urban communities.”

    Gabrielle Horton
    Vanguard 2016
    Rackham Merit Fellow & Candidate for Master’s in Public Policy, University of Michigan

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    “'An amazing opportunity to connect with 39 other young urban leaders, all dedicated to building better cities. The Next City Vanguard Conference is a heavy dose of inspiration and a strong network of passionate individuals!”

    Julie Favreau
    Vanguard 2016
    Project Manager, Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal

Learn more about the conference and our growing list of Vanguard alumni. Have questions? Email us.