Funding Sources

CSFP funding comes from a number of private donors, fellowship sites, financial aid, and the Career Services Office at the GSD. These funds are set aside to assist students in gaining access to work, while providing students with a standard wage.

Our Donors

Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation

The Pforzheimer Foundation was the first source of funding and helped to fund the CSFP program. This particular fund is designated for students interested in public service careers, who can show a prior commitment to work in this area.

Students have worked in organizations such as Boston Redevelopment Authority, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Processing Foundation, LivableStreets Alliance, Refugee Artisans of Worcester, Kounkuey Design Initiative, Destination Design School of Agricultural Estates, Town of Lexington MA Planning and Economic Development, GreenRoots, INC., Great Springs Project, Soul Fire Farm, World Monuments Fund, The Legal Design, Monument Lab, City of Hartford’s Office of Sustainability and Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab.

Doebele Community Service Fellowship

The Doebele Fellowship was conceived in 2010 on the occasion of the Loeb Fellowship’s 40th Anniversary in honor of founding curator William Doebele. This fund is dedicated to training students in community design.

Funding has been awarded to support opportunities with organizations including: The Canary Project, Louisville Metro Government, Metro Nashville Arts, Design School of Agricultural Estates, Sweet Water Foundation, Santa Fe Art Institute, QuitoLab and Destination Design School of Agricultural Estates (DDSAE). 

Harvard Club of New York Community Service Fellowship

Funding is available to support GSD students to work in a nonprofit or public sector setting in New York and aims to meet these goals:

  • Public service component

  • Promoting operational or policy change/improvement, or; applied research with clear implications for change/improvement in NYC

  • Pertinence to, and impact on, people of NYC

  • Student ties to NYC

 

Funding has been awarded to support opportunities with organizations including:

 

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City Housing Authority, and The Design Trust for Public Space.

Harvard Real Estate Alumni Board

This fund focuses on the built environment, encompassing real estate (i.e. buildings and land) and infrastructure (roads and public transportation). The community service fellowship may include positions in development, equity, policy, planning and design.

Funding has been awarded to support opportunities with organizations including: The Lotus Campaign in Charlotte, NC, San Francisco Public Works, The Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) Program of MassDevelopment in Boston, MA and Prosperity Now. 

Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) supports 10-week, full-time summer fellowships that give returning GSD students the opportunity to bring their skills to – and to learn from people at –public and nonprofit entities in the United States that are working on issues related to housing and community development.  In recent years, fellows have worked for such entities as the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the California Housing Partnership, the Greater Grove Hall Main Streets Initiative, the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, the National Housing Council, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, ReBuild Metro in Baltimore, and the Urban Institute. Students who receive this fund may be connected to staff at the JCHS during the summer for additional mentorship opportunities as well as opportunities to connect with other GSD and HKS students receiving summer funding from the Joint Center.

Lawrence and Marla Curtis Fund for Public Service

The Curtis family are advocates for equality and social justice and have dedicated their lives to the creation of affordable housing for working families, and the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings. This fund supports affordable housing, historic preservation, neighborhood development, housing policy, and economic vitality in Massachusetts. In the past, funding has been awarded to support opportunities with the Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative and Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC). 

Wendy Evans Joseph MArch ’81 Community Service Fund

This fund gives preference to projects that hold the potential for enduring impact in under-served or economically disadvantaged communities. In the past, funding has been awarded to support opportunities with organizations including: Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab/MASS Design, and Horizons for Homeless Children.