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Fellowship for Equitable Development

University Applications Close May 24.

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View a pre-recorded informational webinar for universities here.

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 universities and host organizations must apply for this fellowship opportunity.

Program Benefits for University 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 nine-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 
  • Complimentary admission to the NCRC annual Just Economy Conference 

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 2024 Fellowship for Equitable Development: impact@ncrc.org. 

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

Host Requirements
  • Be an active NCRC member (become a 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:  Birmingham, AL; Arizona; Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco Bay Area, CA;   Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area; Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT Metro Area; New Haven, CT; Washington DC; Tampa, FL; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Buffalo, NY; New York City, NY; New Mexico; Cincinnati, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR;    Nashville, TN; Austin, TX; Utah; Richmond, VA; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA; Milwaukee, 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, 2024) 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
  • Must commit to fellowship for full 2024-2025 academic school year
  • Must commit to a 20 hour/week fellowship
  • Must be located in one of the following geographies:  Birmingham, AL; Arizona; Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco Bay Area, CA;   Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metro Area; Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT Metro Area; New Haven, CT; Washington DC; Tampa, FL; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Buffalo, NY; New York City, NY; New Mexico; Cincinnati, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR;    Nashville, TN; Austin, TX; Utah; Richmond, VA; Seattle, WA; Tacoma, WA; Milwaukee, WI

University Partnerships

Download a sample application here.

NCRC partners with universities to provide paid fellowship opportunities to their students enrolled in relevant graduate programs. Fellowships are tailored to ensure academic rigor and real world experience with NCRC host organizations in your area.

Contact us today at impact@ncrc.org to determine if your master-level program is eligible for the 2024 cohort!

University applications will be open May 13—24, 2024.

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