New Fellowship

Lincoln Institute Launches Fellowship for Claremont Lincoln University’s Master in Public Administration Program
By Claremont Lincoln University and Lincoln Institute Staff, March 9, 2021

This article was updated March 16, 2021 to reflect the addition of a new cohort with a later application deadline.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has committed $100,000 to fund the newly established Lincoln Institute 75 Fellowship for Ethics and Equity in Public Administration. The fellowship will support select new students earning a Master in Public Administration (MPA) at Claremont Lincoln University (CLU), a nonprofit online graduate university that focuses on socially conscious education. A key goal of the fellowship program is to empower a diverse group of aspiring leaders with the critical skills and knowledge needed to enact ethical, equitable, and inclusive policies and practices.

“We created this fellowship in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to help realize our commitment to advanced practice in public policy,” said George W. “Mac” McCarthy, president and CEO of the Lincoln Institute. “We are inspired by the passion of our future leaders, and believe an MPA degree from Claremont Lincoln University will empower them to effectively address challenges such as social inequity, fiscal stress, and climate change in their communities.”

The fellowship is designed specifically for underrepresented working professionals. Ideal candidates are in entry- and mid-level roles in the public and nonprofit sectors, or in mission-oriented roles in the private sector, and looking to earn a graduate degree while working full time. The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and CLU strongly encourage candidates from groups that are underrepresented with respect to race, ethnicity, gender identity, disabled status, and veteran status to apply.

“We look forward to welcoming the first cohort of Lincoln Institute 75 Fellows for Ethics and Equity,” said Lynn Priddy, strategic advisor and board member for CLU. “We are fully aligned with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s mission and have designed our MPA program alongside the Lincoln Institute to give students the tools they need to achieve equitable, cross-sector solutions to complex social, economic, and environmental problems.”

MPA students at CLU will have access to innovative resources, a faculty made up of leading scholars and practitioners, and a cohort of peers looking to address pressing issues in an engaging online learning community. Students will also have opportunities to build their networks and learn from land policy experts and practitioners who are devising creative solutions to challenges such as the housing crisis, inequality of opportunity, municipal fiscal stress, and climate change. The MPA degree culminates in an immersive capstone experience guided by mentors dedicated to each student.

The deadlines to apply for the fellowship are April 2, 2021 for students starting the MPA program on April 26, 2021, and June 4, 2021 for students starting on June 28, 2021. An independent review panel will evaluate eligible applications and select the finalists. Students can complete the degree program in as little as 13 months. The application can be accessed at



Photograph Credit: Claremont Lincoln University.