Apply for Abell Award in Urban Policy

Do you have a bright idea for Baltimore? The $5,000 Abell Award in Urban Policy is given annually for the most compelling paper(s) carefully analyzing and offering feasible solutions to a major policy problem facing Baltimore.

All full-time students from area colleges and universities are eligible to apply.


  • Entry form: 4 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2016
  • Abstract: 4 p.m. on Nov. 18, 2016
  • Final papers: 3 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2017

For entry form, contest guidelines, FAQs, sample topics, winning papers from past years, and other helpful information go to This award is sponsored by the Abell Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy.