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.

The Place Database Contest

Application Period: January 7, 2019 - March 25, 2019

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and PolicyMap announce The Place Database Contest. The Lincoln Institute will provide $1,500 each to five authors who create the most compelling stories through maps using The Place Database. The selected authors will turn their ideas into a one- to two-page written narrative. The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2019.

Call for Papers for the 2019 International Conference on China Urban Development

Application Period: December 21, 2018 - February 28, 2019

The 2019 International Conference on China Urban Development seeks submissions of studies that improve the understanding of quality urbanization in China. Selected authors will present their research at the conference in Beijing, China on June 28-29, 2019. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by March 31, 2019.

Innovative Curricula and Case Study Awards

Annual, Currently Closed
Curriculum Innovation Application Period: October 25, 2018 - February 11, 2019
Case Study Application Period: October 25, 2018 - December 21, 2018

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, 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 11, 2019. 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 December 21, 2018.

Research on Sustainable Infrastructure Leveraging Land Conservation

Application Period: November 13, 2018 - December 3, 2018

The Land Conservation Program at the Lincoln Institute invites proposals for original research papers and case studies addressing the implementation of sustainable infrastructure projects. The projects must utilize land conservation to address challenges at the nexus of environment and development across the globe. Policy-oriented empirical studies and international comparative works are encouraged.

Program on the People's Republic of China International Fellowship

Annual, Currently Closed
Application Period: September 7, 2018 - October 31, 2018

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.

Land Policy and Urban Development in Latin America

Annual, will not be offered in 2019
Application Period: May 6, 2018 - June 7, 2018

The Program on Latin America and Caribbean holds an annual request for research proposals on key themes related to land policy and urban development in the Latin America region, selecting approximately 10 to 15 original research proposals each year. 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. 

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

Application Period: March 20, 2019 - May 27, 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: December 8, 2017 - March 16, 2018

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.

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 Dissertation Fellowship Program


The Lincoln Institute’s Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy is proud to announce the establishment of the Babbitt 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 15, 2019 - March 1, 2019

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

Annual, Currently Closed, will not be offered in 2019
Application Period: April 29, 2018 - May 21, 2018

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.