Fellowships

2015 Carballo, Fischer, Taubman, Eaton Awards

The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy and the A. Alfred Taubman Center for State and Local Government sponsor four different awards each year.  Summaries of the various awards are below. The deadline for submissions is 4:00PM on Monday, May 4, 2015.

1) The Manuel C. Carballo Memorial Prize
Topic: Implementation and Management of Programs to Serve the PoorThis award honors the memory of Manuel C. Carballo, a well-loved faculty member at the Kennedy School from 1978 - 1982. Mr. Carballo served in numerous public service positions and was Massachusetts Secretary of Human Services at the time of his death in 1984. 

2) The Frederick Fischer Memorial Prize

This award honors the memory of Fred Fischer, an alumnus of the MPP program, and a committed public servant with particular concerns about the poor and vulnerable, who also died too early in his career. The Carballo and Fischer Memorial awards competitions are intended to encourage members of the Harvard Kennedy School community to develop and articulate, through essays and papers, ideas and methods for improving the quality and effectiveness of programs to serve the poor and disadvantaged. To that end, we equally encourage case studies and other research that can inform the School’s teaching and debate about income support, inequality, health, education and social services program design, management and implementation of programs to serve the poor. 

3) The Taubman Center Urban Prize

This award is funded by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for State and Local Government and recognizes achievement in urban policy. For this award, we are seeking papers that address urban issues, including economic development, housing, transportation, land use, education, social capital and labor-management relations. 

4) The Susan C. Eaton Memorial Prize

This award honors the memory of Susan C. Eaton, a well-loved member of the Kennedy School community as a student, alumna and faculty member from 1993 to 2003. The competition is intended to encourage members of the Harvard Kennedy School community to develop and articulate ideas and methods for improving the quality and effectiveness of programs related to Susan Eaton’s work, including human resource management, healthcare management and quality issues, union leadership, work-family policy, fair wage policy, gender equity, and aging. To that end, we equally encourage case studies and other research that can inform the School’s teaching and debate about issues related to women, issues related to labor and management and the implementation of programs to serve nursing home communities and the elderly.

General information for all awards:

Submissions of all lengths are welcome.  Submissions/papers should be unpublished work.  You can submit the same paper for more than one award if it meets the stated criteria; however, only one submission for each award is permitted. Award winners will be determined by the reviewers: a team of HKS faculty, staff and practitioners.  Prizes will be announced and awarded during the annual HKS Class Day Awards ceremony held in May, 2015.

If you would like to submit a paper, case study, SYPA, or PAE for any of these awards, please deliver two (2) printed hard copies PER AWARD SUBMISSION (so if you are applying for 2 awards, that's 4 copies, 3 awards would be 6 copies, etc.) to Elizabeth Steffen in Taubman 471 by 4:00PM on Monday, May 4, 2015. Papers do not have to be bound or color printed, black and white copies are perfectly acceptable. Be sure to indicate the name of the award(s) for which you would like to be considered on the cover page.  Please note that papers cannot be submitted via email.

Should you have any questions, please contact Barbara Whalen or Elizabeth Steffen in the Malcolm Wiener Center at: Barbara_Whalen@hks.harvard.edu , or Elizabeth_steffen@hks.harvard.edu or 617-495-5066.

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The Taubman Center Urban Prize

The Taubman Center Urban Prize recognizes achievement in urban policy. For this award, the Taubman Center is seeking papers that address urban issues, including economic development, housing, transportation, land use, education, social capital, and labor-management relations.

The competition is open to students and others affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School. Submissions of all lengths are welcome. There is no maximum word limit. Submissions/papers should be unpublished work. Only one submission per person will be accepted. Award winners will be determined by the reviewers: a team of Kennedy School faculty, staff, and practitioners. Prizes will be awarded during the annual HKS Student Awards ceremony.

Many past entries have been prepared originally as policy analysis exercises (PAEs/SYPAs) or comparable work to meet course requirements. For the purpose of this competition, writers may, at their own discretion, revise these papers to address broader purposes and audiences in ways that clearly address urban issues. For PAEs, the client relationship should continue to be remembered and respected, but the entry should stand as the author's personal contribution to informed discussion and debate here and elsewhere. Awards are based on the ability of the author(s) to clearly define a particular issue and to propose actionable steps toward alleviating or eradicating the problem. Where applicable, papers should also include a concise review of past attempts to address the problem and how the recommended approach differs from what has been tried previously. Reviewers will also consider the feasibility of the ideas explored in the papers and whether the recommendations are based on a keen understanding of the policy climate in which they are being proposed. Other important criteria include clarity of composition, organization and presentation of information, and clearly delineated results or recommendations.

To apply, please submit two hard copies of the paper by Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 4:00pm to Elizabeth Steffen, Malcolm Wiener Center, Taubman Building #471. No e-mail submissions will be accepted.

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Dissertation Fellowships in Urban Policy and Governance

The Taubman Center for State and Local Government plans to award several dissertation research fellowships to Kennedy School Ph.D. candidates or other Harvard University students in related fields preparing doctoral dissertations on urban policy and planning, economics, politics and gover­nance, history, education, or social relations, public management at the state/provincial or local levels, or intergovernmental relations.

The fellowship will provide stipends from $2,500 up to $10,000 and, if available, office space at the Taubman Center in the Taubman Building of the Kennedy School of Government. Awards will be based on merit, so there is no need to apply for a specific dollar amount.

Candidates should have excellent academic records and well-defined research objectives. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects have progressed beyond the conceptual stages of the research.

The 2015-2016 application submission deadline has passed.  The Taubman Center typically receives applications in early spring.  Please check back for updates on the next Dissertation Fellowship submission cycle (2016).

 

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