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For some ideas on how the University of Memphis partners with the MidSouth and Memphis communities check out some of our featured success stories:

Housing and Community Development Fellowship (HCD)
The HCD Fellowship program pairs community development and other community minded organizations with graduate students studying the Anthropology, City and Regional Planning, Public and Nonprofit Administration, and Social Work.

Organizations apply to host one of the highly qualified students for 20 hours per week. Students compete for the highly sought after fellowship which includes tuition reimbursement and paid internship placements which offer them one to two years of extensive practical application work experience in their fields.

The HCD Fellowship program is jointly funded by the City of Memphis Department of Housing and Community Development and the Graduate School at the University of Memphis. 

Learn more and read the 2011-12 Annual Fellowship Project Reports here. 


The Strengthening Communities Initiative (SCI)
The initiative is breaking new ground with a collaborative, grant-making partnership to provide start-up funds to incubate neighborhood-based projects with "Small Grants" for 12-month or "Capacity Building Grants" for 18 months.

Key to project implementation is the use of service learning strategies to increase community capacity and enhance student knowledge, skills, and abilities, while furthering the engaged scholarship of the faculty partners. Funded projects must relate to safety, housing, health, transportation, education, or economic development.
  • Faculty & student teams assist the projects with content specific expertise.  Community organizations choose the projects based on resident participation.

  • The characteristics of the neighborhoods represented range greatly, although all are focused on addressing issues typical of urban redeveloping communities.

SCI is a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the United Way of the MidSouth, and the University of Memphis. Managed by the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, the program establishes a national model based around community organizations in Crittendon, Desoto, Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tate, Tipton and Tunica counties.

Read about successful Capacity Building partnership grants or watch the video.




Housing and Community Development (HCD) Fellowship

Strengthening Communities Initiative
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