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 Submissions/papers should be unpublished work.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 goverĀ­nance, 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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