The Jay Pottenger Fellowship


Fellows and OCA staff visiting a local farm as part of a social gathering.

The Jay Pottenger Fellowship Fund offers graduate and law students nationwide an unparalleled opportunity to delve into public policy careers with a focus on housing segregation. Fellows will explore the historical and legal foundations of housing segregation, hone their advocacy and organizing skills, and deepen their knowledge of legislation and litigation. Through hands-on experience, they will build valuable professional networks and refine their technical writing and research abilities. This immersive program in housing policy-making not only equips fellows with practical expertise but also lays the groundwork for their long-term professional growth.

The Jay Pottenger Fellowship Fund is hosted by Open Communities Alliance. You can learn more about Jay Pottenger and how you can support the Fund here.

We are committed to fostering a nurturing and equitable work environment. If a Pottenger Fellow does not receive a stipend through their academic institution, OCA will provide a stipend to offset daily expenses such as transportation and meals. This Fellowship offers valuable hands-on experience in a dynamic and supportive setting, and we ensure that Fellows are financially supported so they can fully engage with and benefit from their experience with us.

Fellowships are typically available for 10 to 12 weeks over the summer although academic semester terms are also possible.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Enrolled graduate or law student or undergraduate planning to attend law school
  • Interest in affordable housing policy, housing data, zoning and Fair Share policies, racial equity, regionalism

OCA is currently accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming Pottenger Fellows during the Fall of 2024. Applications must be submitted by August 23, 2024.

Applicants should submit a resume and writing sample to [email protected]. Please include "Pottenger Fellowship - Fall 2024" in the subject line.

  • Open Communities Alliance
  • 75 Charter Oak Avenue
  • Suite 1-200
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • Phone: 860-610-6040