Peter Bren Fellows in Entrepreneurial Real Estate

The UCLA Ziman Center is proud to present the Peter Bren Distinguished Fellows in Entrepreneurial Real Estate Program. The Bren Fellows Program has been established to augment the training of the most gifted and ambitious students pursuing real estate education at UCLA. Each year, an exclusive group of students will be chosen to serve one-year terms as Peter Bren Distinguished Fellows. Fellows will be selected for their entrepreneurial spirit, passion for real estate, academic accomplishments, leadership and service to the real estate program at UCLA.

The Peter Bren Fellowships are part of the Peter Bren Real Estate Entrepreneurship Studies Initiative, and are made possible by a generous gift from Peter M. Bren, member of the Founding Board of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. Mr. Bren served as president and chairman of KBS Realty Advisors.

Program Highlights

  • Honorific designation as a Peter Bren Distinguished Fellow
  • A series of group dinners with a relevant high-level Ziman Center industry affiliate
  • Entrepreneurial leadership training, select internship opportunities, and targeted career planning and placement
  • Education supplemental benefit (up to $300) for related events, trainings and memberships
  • A monetary award applied towards tuition
  • Complimentary admission to all UCLA Ziman Center events, including the invitation-only Ziman Center summits, policy briefings, and industry events
  • The opportunity to work with UCLA faculty and industry vanguards in the development of future case studies for the Advanced Cases in Real Estate Entrepreneurship (MGMT298D) course

Application Guidelines

The program is open to any UCLA Anderson MBA/EMBA/FEMBA student or UCLA Law student who is entering the last year of his or her respective Anderson/Law graduate studies program. Students must display academic excellence and possess an active interest in real estate entrepreneurship.

Program Requirements

  • Enroll in the UCLA Anderson Peter Bren MBA course (MGMT 298D/Eric Sussman) ADVANCED CASES IN REAL ESTATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP and submit final course project to the Ziman Center at the end of the calendar year. **Highly Encouraged**
  • Entrepreneurial real estate capstone project due at the end of spring quarter/semester. In preparation, Fellows are required to submit a one-page proposal outlining the scope and direction of the intended project.
  • A letter of appreciation to the Bren Family.

Application Process

Academic Year 2023/2024:
» To apply for the Peter Bren Distinguished Fellows Program, please complete the application, which includes the following four parts:

  • 1 - Resume
  • 2 - Unofficial Transcript
  • 3 - Essay (500 word limit)
  • Topic: Discuss your real estate entrepreneurial vision, particularly your experience, interests, and/or ideas for innovation. Why would you be an exceptional candidate for this program?
  • 4 - Submit application materials by email to Peter Saephanh at:
April 30, 2023
Application Deadline
Week of May 8, 2023
Decision Notification
Academic Year 2023/2024
Program Duration

Past Fellows