The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) is accepting applications for the 2023-2024 ANHD/Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship until Monday, May 15, 2023 at 11:59pm.

The ANHD/Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship supports the training and development of emerging community development leaders, while also building the capacity of community development organizations.

Every year, the Fellowship pairs 9 graduate students with 9 neighborhood-based community development corporations and ANHD members (the Host Organizations) in NYC. The Fellowship provides an immersive experience where Fellows can gain hands-on experience and skill-building in various sectors of the community development field, including affordable housing, economic development, and community planning.

This Fellowship seeks to cultivate and empower emerging practitioners from historically marginalized communities most impacted by the issues and work of housing, economic, and racial justice in NYC.

Program Elements 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

Please note that the Fellowship may be remote, in-person or a hybrid depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs of the specific project and Host Organization.

ANHD has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and program participants. As a condition of participation, we require all participants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. ANHD will consider requests for reasonable accommodations from the vaccine requirement for employees who request them because of disability, pregnancy, childbirth, religious beliefs or observances, or other accommodations as required by law. If you have any concerns please state them in your application below.


The selection process for Fellows has two phases.

In phase one, ANHD staff will review all written applications and select a pool of finalists.

In phase two, finalists will be invited to a Matching Fair where they will interview with Host Organizations. These interviews are an opportunity for Fellow Finalists and Host Organization Supervisors to assess alignment between finalists’ skills and interests and the project needs and opportunities. Using feedback from the Matching Fair, ANHD will determine placements for 9 Fellows.

Please note that not all finalists will be selected as Fellows, and while Fellows’ preferences for specific host organizations, projects and neighborhoods will be taken into account, the 9 Fellows may be placed with any of the Host Organizations.

Host Organizations may be located anywhere within the five boroughs. 

Interviews between Hosts and Fellows will happen on a date to be determined. We expect to select Fellows by mid-June 2023.


  1. Enrollment in a Master’s degree program in Urban Planning, Urban Policy, Public Administration, or related programs with at least one semester or 1/4 of the credits necessary to graduate from their program completed as of September 1, 2023; and continued enrollment in your program through the 2023-2024 academic year are encouraged to apply. (Students graduating in May and December 2023 do not qualify for the fellowship.)
  2. Availability to work 20 hours per week at the Host Organization, whether in-person, remote, or a hybrid of the two.
  3. Strong commitment to New York City’s neighborhoods.
  4. Respect for grassroots organizations.
  5. Familiarity with community planning and neighborhood development.
  6. Strong academic record.
  7. Previous experience with community development or community planning is a plus.
  8. Being bilingual or multilingual a plus.
  9. Applicants must be available for approximately 4-5 hours of virtual interviews, either on one day or split over two days.The interview date(s) are to be determined.