To apply

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone PhD Scholars
in Inequality and Wealth Concentration

The Malcolm Hewitt Wiener PhD Scholars
in Poverty and Justice

Next cycle opens April 2021
Applications for AY 2021-2022 will be available in April 2021.

Who: Harvard PhD students in the social sciences now completing their first or second year of doctoral study (G-1 or G-2). Those selected for the fellowships join the program in their G-2 or G-3 year, enrolling in the three-term proseminar sequence beginning in the upcoming fall-term.

What: This program is designed for Harvard doctoral students in the social sciences, including Harvard's PhD programs in African and African American Studies, Economics, Education, Government, Health Policy, Political Economy and Government, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, and Social Policy.

The proseminar course sequence is focused principally on research in economics, political science, sociology, and social policy.

Application materials
Next cycle opens April 2021. In the interim, view 2020 materials | Be sure to obtain  brochure, which provides important information about PhD Scholar program, research areas, and fellowship terms. 

Application instructions
Students may submit the application by email. The application form and recommendation form are writable PDF forms. Applicants are urged to save the documents to their computer before beginning any edits and then to test the save process before completing the application form in its entirety. 

The student portion of the application will consist of the following six items, with items 1-4 collated in a single PDF document (yourlastname.pdf) and emailed to The two recommendation waiver forms should be sent as separate attachments to the same address.

  • Application form (3 pages)
  • Research statement (1000-1200 words)
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages)
  • Unofficial transcript 
  • Recommendation #1 waiver form 
  • Recommendation #2 waiver form
  • PLUS two recommendation letters - (To be submitted directly by faculty member)
    Applicants should highlight for their recommenders that email submission is encouraged, and that those writing on behalf of multiple students may submit a single letter that briefly evaluates each student in turn.

There are 10 fellowships available, with half of the eight Stone PhD Scholar fellowships specifically designated for students pursuing research on top-end income inequality and wealth concentration. Two additional Wiener PhD Scholar fellowships will support students working in the area of poverty and justice. In some circumstances, these resources might extend to up to 12 fellows.

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