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.

Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

The Institute periodically issues requests for proposals on key themes and offers fellowship programs.

Overcoming Barriers to Housing Affordability

Application Period: September 3, 2020 - September 30, 2020

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy invites proposals for studies on the barriers to implementing housing strategies at the scale needed to address the housing affordability crisis in the United States, and strategies to overcome those barriers. We seek to better understand how multipronged housing strategies, which include several policies working in tandem, can more effectively promote affordability and build community support for housing reforms.

Innovative Curricula and Case Study Awards

Annual, Currently Closed
Curriculum Innovation Application Period: November 8, 2019 - February 10, 2020
Case Study Application Period: November 8, 2019 - January 6, 2020

In partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the Lincoln Institute is holding a competition for the development of innovative curricula and case studies focused on local government finance, urban poverty and spatial inequality, climate change, sustainable land and water management, and related land policy issues. The Curriculum Innovation awards (three $7,000 awards) will honor excellence in teaching and design of learning experiences that are accessible, engaging, and effective for all students. The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2020. The Case Study awards (ten $2,000 awards) will be awarded to authors to write case studies that will be hosted in a digital case study library and freely available for anyone. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2020.

Program on the People's Republic of China International Fellowship

Annual, Currently Open
Application Period: October 1, 2020 - December 4, 2020

The Lincoln Institute China Program annually sponsors a small number of fellows researching land markets, urban planning, local public finance, land taxation, urban development and land conservation in China.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Institute offers fellowship programs to assist new research projects and to encourage and support scholars who will pursue academic disciplines related to land policy and land-related tax policy.

David C. Lincoln Fellowships on Land Valuation Methods

Annual, Currently Closed
Application Period: March 20, 2019 - July 5, 2019

The David C. Lincoln Fellowships in Land Value Taxation were established to encourage academic and professional interest in land value taxation through support for major research projects. The Fellowship program honors David C. Lincoln, the founding chairman of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The 2019–2020 program will focus specifically on land valuation techniques. To improve proficiency in new methods of land valuation, we invite fellowship applicants to submit proposals for estimating land value based on a dataset provided by the Institute.

Lincoln Institute Scholars Program

Annual, Currently Closed
Application Period: July 5, 2019 - September 30, 2019

The Department of Valuation and Taxation hosts a program in which recent PhDs specializing in public finance or urban economics have an opportunity to work with senior economists.

Lincoln/Loeb Fellowship


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.

Graduate Student Fellowship Opportunities

The Institute offers fellowships for Ph.D. students whose research furthers the goal of improving the quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and steweardship of land.

Babbitt Center Dissertation Fellowship Program


The Lincoln Institute’s Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy is proud to announce the establishment of the Babbitt Center Dissertation Fellowship Program. These fellowships will assist Ph.D. students at U.S. universities whose research builds on, and contributes to, the concerns of the Babbitt Center.

C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program

Annual, Currently Closed
Application Period: January 17, 2020 - March 16, 2020

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.

Latin America Program Graduate Student Fellowship Support

Application Period: September 21, 2020 - October 21, 2020

The Program on Latin America and the Caribbean offers support to students in doctoral and masters programs whose theses explore land policy in Latin America.