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.

Program on the People's Republic of China International Fellowship

Annual, Currently Open
Submission Deadline: November 27, 2022

The Lincoln Institute's China Program invites proposals for academic and policy research papers addressing land, urban, fiscal, and environmental issues relating to urbanization in China. Preference will be given to policy-oriented empirical studies and international comparative studies.

Legacy Cities Community of Practice (2023–2024)

Currently Closed
Application Deadline: September 16, 2022

The Legacy Cities Community of Practice is a groundbreaking 18-month program that brings together interdisciplinary teams from four selected cities. These teams will focus on a land-use issue like housing, transportation connections, or placemaking to gain a deeper understanding of local issues and implement solutions through place-based projects in disinvested neighborhoods. Through a combination of virtual workshops and three in-person convenings, the Community of Practice will include leaders from community-based organizations and local city governments who will explore topics including equity, greening, network building, data, and metrics.

Community-Based Exploration of Changes in Agricultural Water Availability in the U.S. Southwest

Currently Closed
Application Deadline: September 12, 2022

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, in partnership with its Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy and Arizona State University’s Global Futures Laboratory (ASU), is seeking agricultural communities interested in exploring the impacts of changes in water availability and climate uncertainty on their community. This project will use an exploratory scenario planning process to consider these factors and options for addressing them.

Babbitt Center Evaluating Tools for Integrating Land Use and Water Management

Currently Closed
Application Period: April 15 – May 15, 2022

The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy invites proposals for original research in the U.S. that evaluates the suite of tools, practices, and processes the Babbitt Center has identified as crucial to water sustainability and to connecting land use and water management.

Innovative Curricula and Case Study Awards

Curriculum Innovation Application Period: March 15 - April 25, 2022
Case Study Application Period: March 1 - March 28, 2022

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 (four $7,000 awards) will honor excellence in teaching and design of learning experiences that are accessible, engaging, and effective for all students. 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.

Scenario Planning and Changing Food Systems

Application Period: March 3 - March 23, 2022

The Consortium for Scenario Planning, in collaboration with the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, seeks proposals for original tools that help communities prepare for changing food systems. Potential deliverable types for this project should be a practitioner how-to guide; software tool or game; or workshop model and/or interactive exercise.

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: January 26, 2021 - April 16, 2021

This program provides an opportunity for recent PhDs specializing in public finance or urban economics 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. and master students whose research furthers the goal of improving the quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land.

Master’s in Land Policy and Sustainable Urban Development Fellowship

Application Deadline: November 29, 2022

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Spain’s Universidad Nacional a Distancia (UNED), have joined to develop a graduate program that addresses the current urban reality. Participants will receive training to lead the implementation of measures that will allow the transformation of cities. The Lincoln Institute will offer scholarships that will cover the partial cost of the master for those candidates that are selected. Among the requirements, candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and submit a narrative of their professional goals and their vision of the types of leadership that are currently needed to attain sustainable and equitable cities. Those candidates that are not selected may opt to apply for financial aid offered by UNED.

75 Fellowship for Ethics and Equity in Public Administration

Application Deadline: October 17, 2021
(Classes Starting November 1, 2021)

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has joined with Claremont Lincoln University to create a distinctive Master in Public Administration degree that engages students with real-world cases and cross-sector analysis of current social issues. Now the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy has committed $100,000 to fund the Lincoln Institute 75 Fellowship for Ethics and Equity in Public Administration. The fellowship is designed specifically for underrepresented working professionals seeking to earn a graduate degree. Ideal candidates are in entry- and mid-level roles in the public and non-profit sectors, or in mission-oriented roles in the private sector. 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. 

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

Application Period: February 1, 2022 - April 1, 2022

The Lincoln Institute's C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship Program assists PhD 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

Annual, Currently Closed
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.

Native American Graduate Fellowship Program in Land and Water Management

Annual, Currently Closed
Application Period: May 15, 2021 - July 1, 2021

The Lincoln Institute's Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy offers the Native American Graduate Fellowship in Land and Water Management to support Native American students’ pursuit of skills and expertise that can be applied to advance water resilience in tribal communities. Tribal members pursuing graduate studies in a variety of disciplines and programs relevant to land and water resource management in the Colorado River Basin region are invited to submit applications.