The Taubman Center Urban Prize

The Taubman Center Urban Prize recognizes acheivement 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 Submissions/papers should be unpublished work.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 comporable 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.
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.

To apply, please submit a letter explaining the nature and current status of the dissertation project, a resume, sample chapter(s) or other examples of professional writing, and the names of two faculty members who can be consulted as references.

Questions about these fellowships may be directed to Sandra Garron, (617) 495-3341, Sandra_Garron@harvard.edu

Please submit applications to:
Doctoral Fellowships
Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Kennedy School of Government, T-321
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge , MA 02138
The deadline for applications is March 20, 2015.
Electronic submissions will NOT be accepted.
Fellowship awards will be announced by mid-April.

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Taubman Center MPP Fellowship

The Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government is offering two-year fellowships to MPP students who have:
* A proven record of academic success
* Demonstrated potential for civic leadership
* A commitment to state and local issues in the United States or abroad.
Recipients are expected to write their Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) for a public or non-profit entity focused on local, metropolitan, or state issues. Fellows are welcome to engage, as much as possible, in the activities of the Taubman Center throughout the term of the fellowship. In addition, after graduation, recipients are strongly encouraged to spend time working for a public or non-profit entity primarily focused on issues or services at the local, metropolitan, or state level.  For more information please check here.

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