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 community development organizations
  • 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
  • Access to our Alumni Programming, which includes mixers, career-building information sessions, and other opportunities to connect with this growing community of community development professionals

Apply for the 2021-2022 Application Cycle!

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 1/4 of the credits necessary to graduate as of September 1, 2020) in a two-year Urban Planning, Urban Policy, Public Administration, or related program are encouraged to apply.

Click here to access the Fellowship Application. Applications are due by Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm.

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.

Click here to access the Host Application. Applications are due by Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:59 pm.


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

Recents Blogs and Media

September 19, 2019
We Are Harnessing the Next Generation of Community Development Leaders
October 17, 2017
Non-profit affordable housing developers have played a key role in New York City housing plans since the beginning of the modern, city-backed affordable housing model. The role of for-profit developers has grown over the years, leaving community development practitioners to question whether affordable housing development has become overly reliant on for-profit developers and whether the level of public benefit created by these projects has diminished.