Morgan Stanley Fellowship


CFU seeks the best emerging opportunities in philanthropy and partners with individuals, organizations, and foundations to help communities, including Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) communities, better serve our state. A key focus area for CFU is in the development of human capital for Utah’s social sector through investments that attract, retain, and develop top talent.

The Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship is an example of CFU’s intentionality around investing in talent and in human capital, as we believe that connecting students to community development work now, is an investment in the social impact leaders of tomorrow.

The Opportunity for Utah

Each year, the Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship (Fellowship) pairs students from graduate-level university programs (Fellows) with high-performing community development organizations (Host Organizations). Both Fellows and Host Organizations apply to be part of this Fellowship opportunity, which runs from September to June and supports projects in the fields of affordable housing, economic development, or community planning.

Program Benefits for Fellows Include:

  • High-quality training and mentorship at some of Utah’s best community development organizations
  • A $20,000 stipend for the ten-month (September 1st – June 30th), part-time (20 hours per week) Fellowship
  • The opportunity to meet with leaders in Utah government, private sector, philanthropic sector, and community development fields
  • Access to Fellow & Alumni Programming and other trainings and workshops including mixers, career-building information sessions, and other opportunities to connect with this growing community of community development professionals
  • Possibility to receive academic credit, in accordance with the policies of the Fellows’ respective academic programs

Program Benefits for Host Organizations Include:

  • The opportunity to build and expand capacity at the organization for a clearly defined, substantive community development project
  • Support the learning and development of emerging community development professionals, fostering relationships to strengthen leadership in the community development field
  • Ongoing support throughout the Fellowship to ensure completion of the project and meaningful learning experiences