About the Fellowship
The Edward M. Gramlich Fellowship in Community and Economic Development is co-sponsored by JCHS and NeighborWorks®America. The fellowship is named for Edward “Ned” Gramlich, a former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and former chairman of NeighborWorks® America, who was a strong and consistent advocate for consumer protection in the financial arena.
Gramlich Fellows spend a summer investigating policy and practice challenges faced by public and nonprofit sector organizations in real time, in partnership with NeighborWorks®America, a national practitioner network, and the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard’s nationally recognized housing research center.
What Former Fellows Have to Say
- Having access to the dynamic network of academics, policy makers, practitioners, and industry leaders that the Fellowship provides presents an exceptional opportunity to design your research in an almost “real time” context, making it pertinent, relevant, and revealing the path to achieve further impact. The Fellowship changed the course of my career, becoming the stepping stone that transformed thoughts and ideas into projects and action.
– Eduardo Berlin, 2010 Gramlich Fellow, CEO, Mapdwell
- Access to an outstanding network of professionals led directly to my current job position. They were truly interested in the work I was pursuing and provided key guidance at critical points. Being able to present my findings in a forum of professionals in the field and obtain direct feedback was invaluable.
– Jeffrey Morgan, 2011 Gramlich Fellow, Director of Real Estate Development, Historic Boston Incorporated
- This Fellowship was a great opportunity to step back and see the big picture of what’s happening in the community development field, while also delving into the details of current initiatives. Through the research and the training institute, I made many connections with professionals and learned about current trends and leading initiatives. These connections and the mentoring of staff at JCHS and Neighborworks have enriched my experience at Harvard.
- Nathalie Janson, 2015 Gramlich Fellow, MUP candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Design
$8,000 compensation, plus travel and research expenses, enrollment in the NeighborWorks America Training Institute with all expenses paid (tuition, travel/lodging and related expenses), project mentoring by faculty of the Joint Center for Housing Studies, potential for publication of project as part of Joint Center Working Paper Series, the opportunity to present findings to a group of practitioners at the NeighborWorks Training Institute in Washington, D.C., and also present the findings to leading policy makers, researchers, and advocacy groups at a separate policy briefing also in Washington, DC, and 10 weeks use of office space at a NeighborWorks® America location.
Who Should Apply
Harvard graduate students not in their graduating year who are in planning, public policy, law, business, economics, administration, sociology, education, or related fields who have commitment to and knowledge of the community and economic development fields. Must be entrepreneurial and committed to co-developing, leading, and completing a minimum 10-week analytical project (full-time) that is suitable for publication as a working paper.
How to Apply
Send resumé, cover letter, two letters of reference (we suggest one from a faculty member and one from a professional affiliate in the community or economic development field), current address, phone, and e-mail address to email@example.com.
In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
- How have your past professional and educational experiences prepared you for this fellowship opportunity?
- What interests you most about this opportunity and what do you hope to learn?
- Why does the field of community and economic development interest you?
2017 Application Deadline: Applications Due Friday, February 24, 2017.