Morgan Stanley/ANHD Community Development Fellowship Program

The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD) is currently recruiting for the 2015-2016 Morgan Stanley/ANHD Community Development Fellowship Program.  This program will provide an opportunity for nine Master’s Degree students to take a significant role in a high-impact, community-based project targeting a low- and moderate-income neighborhood.  Fellows will receive a $20,000 stipend to serve in a part-time (20 hours a week), ten month (September 1st – June 30th) internship in a neighborhood-based community development corporation (the host organization).  Projects may be in the fields of affordable housing, economic development, or community planning.  A key objective of the program is to help train the next generation of community development leaders, so in addition to hands-on community development work, Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with leaders in New York City’s government, planning, and community development fields.  If academic credit is available, the host organization will work with the Fellow and his or her educational institution towards securing this credit. 

The nine host organizations have each designed a distinct, compelling community development project and the role for the Fellow within this project. Projects were chosen based on their impact, achievability and suitability, the learning experiences provided to the Fellows, evidence of the importance of the project to the host organization, and the strength of the host organization. Each host organization will play a significant role in choosing its Fellow. Fellows will be required to attend periodic networking and training events.  In addition, Fellows will have access to all of ANHD’s regularly scheduled educational courses and conferences.


The selection process for Fellows has two phases. In phase one, ANHD will review all timely completed applications and select a pool of finalists. In phase two, finalists will be interviewed by host organizations. Fellows will be chosen from among these finalists (i.e., not all finalists will be selected as Fellows) and placed at host organizations based on the best match of skills and interests of the Fellow with the specific project and needs of the host organizations. While Fellows’ preferences for specific host organizations, projects, and neighborhoods will be taken into account, Fellows may be placed with any of the host organizations. Host organizations may be located anywhere within the five boroughs.


  1. 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, 2016) in a two-year Urban Planning, Urban Policy, Public Administration, or related program.
  2. Availability for at least 3 days each week at the host organization
  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 a plus.
  8. Bilingual a plus.
  9. Applicants must be available on Friday, May 8th for a full day of in-person interviews.


To apply, please submit the following no later than Wednesday, April 1st, 2016

  1. Cover letter and CV.
  2. Graduate academic transcripts (unofficial or official).
  3. Two short writing samples, with one preferably focused on community planning or development issues.
  4. Two references, with members of CDCs, or other people involved with the CDC community, especially encouraged as references.
  5. Letter of Recommendation from a current or former professor or employer.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to ANHD from the professor or employer, and indicate their position, the applicant’s name, and their relationship with the applicant.

Fellows may apply by e-mail to with the subject line “Fellowship Application.” Please include cover letter, CV, transcripts, writing samples, and references as attachments.  Letters of recommendation should be submitted to with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation for (applicant).”  Those selected to advance to the final interview will be notified the beginning of May.  Final interviews, selection of Fellows, and placements will take place in May and June. ANHD and all host organizations are equal opportunity employers.