Funding Opportunity

Foundation for Community Association Research

Byron Hanke Fellowship

DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
AREA OF STUDY: Economics, Sociology, Urban Planning, Various



The application for the fall 2017 scholarship is now available. The deadline is May 1, 2017.

The Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR) awards its Byron Hanke Fellowship to selected graduate students to implement research projects related to the development, management and governance of common interest communities and their community associations. Find out more about Byron Hanke.

Prior to sending in an application please read information below regarding the eligibility requirements, areas and topics of study, evaluation and selection, and stipends and payments. All information on eligibility and deadlines is up to date.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled, at time of application and through the research period, in a graduate level program (masters, doctoral, legal) at an accredited higher education institution in the United States or Canada. Students from any relevant discipline may apply for the Hanke Fellowship, provided their research project relates to community associations and/or common interest communities.

Areas and Topics of Study

Projects may focus on applied or theoretical research and must be done in conjunction with the fellow’s graduate studies. The application should clearly explain the purpose and anticipated outcomes of the project and show how it will expand or enhance existing theory, knowledge, or data collection and help to advance the Foundation’s mission. Before applying, please review the definition of a community association/common interest community.

Within the field of community associations and common-interest communities, Hanke Fellowship projects are accepted for the following topics:

Financial Crisis: Community Associations in Lien Priority, Insolvency or Foreclosure
How Community Associations respond to aging infrastructure and aging residents
Evaluating the impact of short-term rentals (like Airbnb) on Community Associations
Quantifying how Community Associations impact home values and resale activity
How Community Associations manage risks related to technology use and data collection
Trends in Community Association efforts to conserve resources and protect the environment
Applicants may submit proposals on other relevant topics with the understanding that preference will be given to proposals that address priority topics.

Projects may focus on either applied or theoretical research. The Foundation is especially interested in substantive papers from the social sciences, which place community association housing within political or economic organizational models. In all cases, the topic must have the approval of the graduate student’s general academic advisor, or of another full-time faculty member who will supervise the Hanke Fellow’s project. The project topic must have potential of furthering understanding of residential community associations.

Stipends and Payments

Stipends and payments come from the Foundation for Community Association Research and are sent to recipients in three equal payments.

The first comes upon acceptance of the fellowship and his or her academic institution’s certification that the student is both currently enrolled in the appropriate graduate program, and is authorized to accept a Hanke Fellowship.
The second installment of the stipend will be paid at the beginning of the second academic term following the first payment, upon confirmation of satisfactory progress by the Hanke Fellow’s academic or project advisor. The funds must be used for tuition, books, or other expenses of the Fellow’s graduate education, as documented by receipts submitted to the Foundation.
The final installment of the stipend will be paid upon completion of the project. The Hanke Fellow will also be obligated to provide to the Foundation a copy of the final project, in accordance with the Fellow’s application. The Foundation may publish the project if it is deemed appropriate.
The Hanke Fellowship stipends range from $3,000-$5,000 over one year, or as determined by the Foundation. The Foundation Executive Committee maintains the right to determine the amount of the stipend.

Application Process

Project abstracts and applications for Fall 2017 should be sent directly to the Foundation for Community Association Research at or to 6402 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042, attn: Hanke Fellowship. The deadline is May 1, 2017. For more information, contact the Foundation at (888) 224-4321 or

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