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Morgan Stanley Student Fellowship

The Community Foundation of Utah (CFU) is Utah’s catalyst for innovative and sustainable philanthropy to meet the long-term and ever-changing needs of our community. Since our establishment in 2008, CFU has facilitated over $205 million in grants to support Utah’s social sector. CFU seeks the best emerging ideas in philanthropy and partners with individuals, corporations, and foundations to help communities, including LMI communities, progress. The future needs of the community are unclear; however, CFU has a unique opportunity to positively influence the future of giving by actively engaging all stakeholders in strategic philanthropy. Through fostering a collaborative mindset and educating funders and nonprofits on the value of long-term investments and data-driven funding, we seek to decrease the disparity and gaps in Utah’s social sector to meet community needs. 

Along with personalized philanthropic services, CFU develops innovative programming by utilizing the skills of entrepreneurs and business leaders to address the challenges faced by Utah's nonprofit organizations. By deploying private donor capital, facilitating partnerships with businesses and the community, promoting high quality programs, and engaging skills-based volunteers from the private sector, CFU will continue to strengthen Utah's philanthropic, nonprofit, and LMI communities. 

CFU is also focused more broadly on investing in human capital in Utah. For example, we just launched our Give for Good collaborative, which brings together a cohort of up-and-coming philanthropic leaders to dive deeper into philanthropy and work together to transform the future of Utah in the coming decades.  2022 is also the first year that we will be deploying funds from our endowment, which will be focused on supporting and developing current nonprofit leaders in Utah. The Morgan Stanley Fellowship Program is another example of our focus on human capital, as we believe that introducing students to community development work is an investment in the nonprofit and philanthropic leaders of tomorrow.

Project Description

The Morgan Stanley Community Development Graduate Fellowship supports the training and development of emerging community development leaders, while also building the capacity of community development organizations. Every year, the Fellowship pairs graduate students with neighborhood-based community development corporations (the Host Organizations) in Salt Lake City to gain hands-on experience working on a high-impact project in the fields of affordable housing, economic development, community planning, and/or development. Depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs of the Project and your organization, the Fellow may work in-person, remotely, or a hybrid of the two.

After recruitment of students and Host Organizations, CFU will convene the Fellows in a mix of in-person and virtual events for education, discussion, mentorship, and networking purposes. CFU will also host an event where Fellows can engage in a grantmaking process by presenting a pitch for funding for their organization in front of an Investment Committee.

Project Outcomes

Graduate students at the University of Utah are invited to apply to become a Fellow through September 30, 2022. Fellows will work with a Host Organization on a clearly defined, high-impact community development project to be completed between October 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 on a part-time basis (20 hours per week). The project should provide a substantive opportunity to increase capacity at the Host Organization and provide a Fellow with mentorship and professional development support in addition to hands-on community development work.

After Host Organizations and Fellows are selected, CFU will assess the alignment between Fellows’ skills and interests and the project needs and opportunities of Host Organizations to determine placements for the Fellows.

Proposal Content

Interested graduate students should submit the following:

  • Name
  • Preferred phone number and email address
  • A brief description of your interest in the Morgan Stanley Community Development Fellowship and how it would contribute to your education or career plans
  • A description of the skills, education, work, or community experiences you have that would be relevant to this Fellowship opportunity
  • A description of what field (affordable housing, economic development, community planning and/or development) interests you the most and why


  • Host Organization and job description proposals submitted by September 30, 2022.

Contact Information

Any questions regarding this RFP should be directed to Brooklyn Mills, Community Impact Coordinator, Community Foundation of Utah (

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Last Updated: 9/19/22