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.

Scenario Planning and Climate Strategies

Closed for Applications
Application Period: March 9 - 31, 2021

The Consortium for Scenario Planning, a program of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, invites proposals for original research on and tools related to the application of scenario planning to advance climate mitigation and adaptation strategies in communities. The Lincoln Institute’s goal with this work is to use land policy to reduce the most catastrophic effects of climate change and help cities adapt to the impacts that remain avoidable.

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 Closed
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

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. students whose research furthers the goal of improving the quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and steweardship of land.

75 Fellowship for Ethics and Equity in Public Administration

Application Period for Classes Starting April 26, 2021: March 18, 2021 - April 2, 2021
Application Period for Classes Starting June 28, 2021: March 18, 2021 - June 4, 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

Annual, Currently Closed
Application Period: January 4, 2021 - March 19, 2021

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

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.