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 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 Community Development Graduate Fellowship pairs nine students from urban planning, urban policy, and public administration masters-level university programs with high-performing community development organizations who are ANHD members in New York City. Both Fellows and Host Organizations apply to be part of this opportunity, which runs from September to June and supports projects in the fields of affordable housing, economic development, or community planning.

Program Benefits for Fellows Include:

  • High-quality training and mentorship at some of NYC's best community development organizations

  • A $20,000 stipend for the ten-month (September 1st – June 30th), part-time (20 hours per week) fellowship

  • The opportunity to meet with leaders in New York City’s government, planning, and community development fields

  • Access to our Fellow & Alumni Programming and other ANHD trainings and workshops including mixers, career-building information sessions, and other opportunities to connect with this growing community of community development professionals

  • Possibility to receive academic credit, in accordance with the policies of the Fellows’ respective academic programs


Program Benefits for Host Organizations Include:

  • The opportunity to build and expand capacity at the organization for a clearly defined, substantive community development project

  • Support the learning and development of emerging community development professionals, fostering relationships to strengthen leadership in the community development field

  • Ongoing support for Fellows’ supervisors throughout the Fellowship to ensure completion of the project and meaningful learning experiences

2023-2024 Applications Are Now Closed

Are you a graduate student looking for hands-on experience in community development? Are you looking to build community and network with peers in your field? 

Apply to be a Fellow: All Master’s degree students in Urban Planning, Urban Policy, Public Administration, or related fields are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to have completed at least one semester by the start of the Fellowship in September and be enrolled in their program through the end of the 2024 Spring Semester.

Is your organization looking to build capacity for a community development project? Are you committed to supporting emerging leaders in the field?

Apply to be a Host: All ANHD member organizations with a compelling community development project to be completed ​from September to June are encouraged to apply.

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

Recents Blogs and Media

September 14, 2023
We are excited to welcome the 2023-2024 ANHD/Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship Cohort!
September 19, 2022
2022-23 Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellows
Now in its 11th year, ANHD Welcomes Another Inspiring Generation of Community Development Leaders