Fellowship for Equitable Development

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The National Community Reinvestment Coalition matches top-level master’s degree students with premiere community development organizations. 

The NCRC Fellowship for Equitable Development cultivates the next generation of community development leaders and empowers them to tackle the issues of tomorrow. The community development sector will face significant challenges in the coming decades from climate change, widening wealth inequality, food insecurities, extreme housing shortages and other needs. These challenges will disproportionately impact low-wealth communities and communities of color. Therefore, it is NCRC’s intention and pledge to uphold the values of community empowerment and racial equity in the fellowship program.

Interested students and organizations must apply for this fellowship opportunity.

Program Benefits for Fellows Include:

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

Program Benefits for Host Organizations Include:

  • Young and innovative talent to help advance organizational mission
  • The opportunity to help shape the next generation of community development leaders
  • Participation in a fellowship program at little to no cost

Priority will be given to applicants of color, women applicants and applicant members of the LGBTQ community.

Contact us for more information about NCRC’s Fellowship for Equitable Development.

Host Requirements
  • Be an active NCRC member
  • Have a commitment to excellence in design, creative placemaking, sustainable building principles, affordable housing and meaningful community engagement
  • Have a track record of completing projects that benefit low-income families
  • A compelling project to provide a challenging assignment for fellows with real world application
  • Have the ability to mentor and provide effective training and supervision for fellows. Including but not limited to weekly meetings, and provide diverse professional development opportunities
  • Have the ability to cover administrative and payroll expenses associated with fellow (as a 1099 employee or as a part time employee)
  • Must be located in one the following geographies: AL,AZ, CA, DE, DC, FL, GA, IN, IL, KT, MD, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, PN, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, WI
Fellow Requirements
  • All high-level master’s degree students who have completed at least one semester of Full-Time graduate studies (will have completed at least ¼ of the credits necessary to graduate as of September 1, 2023) in a two-year Urban Planning, Urban Policy, Public Administration, Economics or related program are encouraged to apply.
  • Priority will be given to applicants of color, women applicants and applicant members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Must be actively enrolled in a participating university/college
  • Must commit to fellowship for full 2023-2024 academic school year
  • Must commit to a 20 hour/week fellowship
  • Must be located in one of the following geographies: AL,AZ, CA, DE, DC, FL, GA, IN, IL, KT, MD, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NM, NY, N

Fellowship Partnerships

NCRC partners with universities to provide fellowship opportunities to their students enrolled in relevant graduate programs. Working with the university programs, we develop unique requirements and guidelines specifically tailored to ensure academic rigor, and real world experience with NCRC host organizations in your area.

If you would like more information and to determine if your master-level program is eligible,
please contact us.

Current Opportunity

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The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) Fellowship Program provides NCRC member organizations with an exciting opportunity to increase their impact as they tackle the most pressing community development challenges facing the communities they serve.

NCRC members located in the San Francisco Bay Area (in Northern CA) are invited to submit a project proposal to work with a GSPP student to help them solve a specific and current policy problem. This serves as the student’s final capstone project and is a graduation requirement. Throughout the Spring 2024 semester, the student will conduct advanced research and analysis to inform recommendations for evidence-based and actionable solutions to the problem scoped by the organization. These solutions will be presented to the organization to consider for implementation.

For more information, visit here.

Attend a virtual information session with the Goldman School on
Wednesday, September 20 at 12 – 1 pm PT, please RSVP here.


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