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, urban governance, and public management at the state/provincial or local levels.
The fellowships will provide a stipend of up to $10,000 and, if available, cubicle 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 1-2 page letter explaining the nature and current status of the dissertation project, a resume, sample chapter or other examples of professional writing, and the names of two faculty members who may be consulted as references. Please drop off all application materials addressed to:
Taubman Center for State and Local Government
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street, T-320
Cambridge, MA 02138
The deadline for applications is April 26, 2019. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Questions about these fellowships may be directed to Rafael Carbonell.
Awards and Prizes
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.
1) The Manuel C. Carballo Memorial Prize
Topic: Implementation and Management of Programs to Serve the Poor
This 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
Topics: Inequality, Poverty, Health, Education, Immigration, Social Services and Social Policy Issues Related to the Poor and Disadvantaged
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, case studies, 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.
Please see additional information regarding the Taubman Urban Prize below.
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 long term care residents 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.
The 2019-2020 application submission deadline is April 26, 2019.
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.
The 2019-2020 application submission deadline is April 26, 2019.