Through a combination of in-house and commissioned research, the Institute investigates broadly defined land policy issues as well as more specific themes such as municipal fiscal health. The Institute periodically issues requests for proposals on key themes and offers fellowship programs.
The Program on Latin America and Caribbean holds an annual requests for research proposal on key themes related to land policy and urban development in the Latin America region. Approximately 10 to 15 original research proposals are selected annually. Over the years, the Program's research initiative has generated a body of knowledge on themes ranging from the relationship between formal and informal land markets, the effects and benefits of value capture, effective approaches to address informal settlements, affordable housing and social-spatial segregation, and the relationship between land policy and climate change adaptation. Commissioned research generates a number of publications, supports the Institute's educational programs, and helps build a network of senior and junior researchers and educational institutions across the region.
The Lincoln Institute China Program annually sponsors a small number of fellows researching land markets, urban planning, local public finance, land taxation, and urban development in China.
The David C. Lincoln Fellowships in Land Value Taxation (LVT) were established in 1999 to develop academic and professional interest in this topic through support for major research projects. The fellowship program honors David C. Lincoln, founding chairman of the Lincoln Institute, and his long-standing interest in LVT. The program encourages scholars and practitioners to undertake new work in this field, either in the basic theory of LVT or its applications as a component of contemporary fiscal systems in countries throughout the world.
The Department of Valuation and Taxation hosts a program for junior scholars in which recent Ph.D.'s specializing in public finance or urban economics have an opportunity to work with senior economists.
The Loeb Fellowship was established in 1970 through the generosity of the late John L. Loeb, Harvard College '24. Based at the Graduate School of Design, the program offers ten annual post-professional awards for independent study at Harvard University. The fellowship is a unique opportunity to nurture the leadership potential of the most promising men and women in design and other professions related to the built and natural environment. Each year one fellow is selected to be the Lincoln/Loeb Fellow and to work with the Lincoln Institute's Department of Planning and Urban Form.
Kingsbury Browne Fellowship
The Lincoln Institute established the Kingsbury Browne Fellowship in association with the Kingsbury Browne Conservation Leadership Award in 2006. That award honors the late Kingsbury Browne, a Lincoln Fellow in 1980, whose work led to the creation of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA). Now a national organization of about 1,800 land trust members, LTA trains thousands of conservation leaders, encourages the passage of legislation on land conservation, and develops standards and practices to professionalize and safeguard work on land trusts. This annual fellowship program is administered by the Lincoln Institute's Department of Planning and Urban Form.
The Lincoln Institute's C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program assists Ph.D. students, primarily at U.S. universities, whose research complements the Institute's interests in land and tax policy. The program provides an important link between the Institute's educational mission and its research objectives by supporting scholars early in their careers.
The Program on Latin America and the Caribbean offers thesis support to students in doctoral and masters programs in Latin American universities.