The Association of Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) and Morgan Stanley partnered in 2012 to create a high-quality community development fellowship that matches top-level, master’s degree students with a local community development organization to carry out a specific project that the group could not otherwise accomplish.

Why This Matters

The Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship is a unique opportunity that helps cultivate and empower the next generation of community development leaders. Fellows have graduated from the program and secured jobs at Community Development Corporations (CDCs), government agencies, leading non-profits, and other organizations within the community development movement.

What We're Doing

Each year, the Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship pairs nine students from New York City’s most highly respected urban planning, community development, or public administration masters-level university programs, with high-performing community development corporations (CDCs). Both the Fellows and the host sites apply to be a part of this opportunity, which runs during the fall and spring semesters of the final year of the fellows’ programs, and supports projects in the fields of affordable housing, economic development, or community planning.

Program Benefits for Fellows Include:

  • High-quality training and support from some of the best housing developers in the movement
  • A $20,000 stipend for the ten-month, part-time (20-hours per week) fellowship
  • The opportunity to meet with leaders in New York City’s government, planning, and community development fields
  • Academic credit, in accordance with the policies of the Fellows’ respective universities

The 2020-2021 Morgan Stanley Application Cycle is Now Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship. The application process for the 2021-2022 program will begin in early 2021. Check back here for updates.

The Fellowship Application: All high-level master's degree students who have completed at least one semester of Full-Time graduate studies completed (will have completed at least ¼ of the credits necessary to graduate as of September 1, 2019) in a two-year Urban Planning, Urban Policy, Public Administration, or related program are encouraged to apply.

The Host Application: All ANHD member organizations with a compelling community development project are encouraged to apply, including those who have housed a Fellow in the past.


If you have any specific questions about the Fellowship or Host Applications, please contact Aixin Li.

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