What is Community Development?
Community development is a systematic effort to enhance the organizing, planning,
development, and management capacity of community-based organizations and public agencies
seeking to improve the overall quality of life in Memphis neighborhoods.
- Introduce students to the critical environmental, economic, and social problems.
- Expose students to innovative policies, programs, and practices.
- Facilitate service-learning, volunteerism, and applied research to promote innovative
- Use reflective strategies to improve professional practice and connect emerging organizational
challenges and policy issues.
- Integrate theoretical, classroom-based learning and engaged, experiential learning.
Graduate students are placed at nonprofit organizations, community development corporations,
and government agencies working on community development initiatives and, where possible,
link to the priority areas/neighborhoods of the Memphis Division of Housing and Community
Students accepted into the program will participate in the program throughout the
length of their professional degree program (typically two years).
All students will receive a tuition and fee waiver from the UofM Graduate School,
academic credit for a seminar course, and a stipend for 20 hours of work each week.
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.
Eligibility and Deadlines
All incoming and current graduate students in Anthropology, City Planning, Public
Administration and Social Work are eligible to apply. Applicants will be selected
based on their areas of focus interest and essay responses.
Fellowship awards will be made by a committee of advisors from the local CDC community.
Awards will be made in June.
***Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on April 12, 2013.***
Agencies seeking interns must submit an application by April 30, 2013.
For more information on the Fellowship program, call (901) 678-1635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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