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Gramlich Fellows

Logo for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard UniversityThe Edward M. Gramlich Fellowship in Community and Economic Development is cosponsored by NeighborWorks America and the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University.

Edward "Ned" Gramlich
The program provides graduate-level Harvard University students the opportunity to spend a summer on an analytical project suitable for publication, while working directly with Joint Center faculty and NeighborWorks staff.

The fellowship is named for Edward “Ned” Gramlich, a former member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System and past chair of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (now doing business as NeighborWorks America). Gramlich was a strong and consistent advocate for consumer protection in the financial arena.

Interested in applying? Visit the JCHS website.

Program Benefits

  • Practical — Fellows receive compensation of $8,000 plus travel and office expenses; 10 weeks of NeighborWorks America's office space; and the opportunity for publication in the JCHS working paper series. 
  • Educational — Fellows are mentored by JCHS faculty of Harvard University. They gain hands-on experience that builds a deep understanding of the benefits of connecting financial-service institutions; local, state and federal governments; and community residents.
  • Professional — Through their research, the Gramlich fellows develop relationships with some of the top practitioners and policy makers in community development. Fellows also have an opportunity to attend a weeklong NeighborWorks Training Institute. Our institutes are premier training events for community-based development, drawing approximately 2,000 professionals to every event. Fellows are given the opportunity to present their research at the conference and at a policy briefing in Washington, D.C.

Gramlich Fellows Research

2021 Fellows

Mel Miller's research offers organizational- and policy-level insights into the implementation and sustainability of delivering resident services. To enable and improve this field, a call is made to policymakers and other funders to increase the stability and availability of funding for resident services. This opportunity, if met by government, foundations, private donors, and organizations themselves, has the potential to transform not only the physical, emotional, and financial health of residents, but our definition of and approach to housing as we know it.  

2020 Fellows

Our 2020 Gramlich fellows are joined by our President & CEO Marietta Rodriguez and our Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislative Affairs Kirsten Johnson-Obey.
Margaret Holtom's research highlights the role of resident leadership in housing and community development and considers how planning scholars have long asserted the necessity for community members to take more active roles in planning, housing and community development processes.


2019 Fellows

Hannah Hoyt's report draws on interviews with individuals who work in multifamily housing policy, development, architecture and construction. Experts shared strategies and cautionary tales on addressing housing costs. 

2018 Fellows

Aneliese Palmer's research interviewed leaders of 10 notable Community Land Trusts in order to understand their strategies and uncover when and how existing Community Land Trusts have been able to grow. 

Susanna Pho identified how community-based organizations are uniquely positioned to carry out longer-term disaster recovery and preparedness efforts. She also identifies the challenges that four organizations faced in their continued engagement in disaster-related work. 

2017 Fellows

Caroline Lauer sought to explore the disaster preparedness efforts of rural communities.

Matt Schreiber's research focuses on one- to four-unit properties in areas at risk of future gentrification and explores how mission-driven organizations can get ahead of gentrification and proactively preserve vulnerable unsubsidized affordable housing for low-income residents.

Application information

Interested in applying to be a Gramlich fellow? Visit the JCHS website.

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