HARRISBURG, PA — With the goals of funding critical research and promoting leadership development, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency recently announced the opening of the application period for its 2023 Kathy A. Possinger Housing Policy Fellowship.
The fellowship will fund a maximum of 12 months of research on a pressing housing or community development topic. With a monthly stipend of $1,000, the maximum funding available will be $12,000.The financial support can be used for a variety of activities supporting the approved research, including interviews with experts, securing resources and study materials, travel for attending relevant conferences and more.
This fellowship is intended to benefit the housing field by underwriting research on subjects that currently present housing or community development challenges. A secondary benefit of the fellowship is its investment in an individual to promote their growth as a housing leader. The fellowship will produce documented findings that will be made publicly available for everyone’s benefit.
“For someone looking forward to a career in affordable housing, this fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for professional growth,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann.”The beauty of this program is that the 2023 fellow gets to pick housing research of most interest to them, and housing professionals around the state benefit from the research findings that are produced. Plus the fellowship supports the development of a future housing leader.”
The fellowship is named for Kathy Possinger, who was a leading affordable housing advocate who served Pennsylvanians for two decades through her work in both the public and private sectors. Her service with nonprofit and government agencies provided significant contributions to the field of affordable housing and community development. This service included contributions to PHFA as a board designee and advocate.
The fellowship application is available on the agency’s website. All legal residents of the state over the age of 18 are eligible to apply, excluding PHFA staff and board members. All applications will be reviewed by PHFA staff according to the fellowship criteria, which are outlined on the website.
The fellowship application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022.