To apply

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


Now inviting applications for the Stone PhD Scholar fellowships 2021-2022

Fellowship awards
$32,000 dissertation-stage stipend

Applications due
Monday, June 14, 2021 (6 pm).
Faculty recommendations due by Friday, June 18.

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 as Stone PhD Scholars join the Inequality & Social Policy program in their G-2 or G-3 year, beginning the three-term proseminar course sequence in the upcoming fall-term.

What: A multidisciplinary PhD research training program and fellowship opportunity for Harvard PhD students in the social sciences who will advance a new generation of research on inequality, wealth concentration, and mobility. The fellowships provide a $32,000 dissertation research stipend, held in reserve until the dissertation stage (generally G-4 year).

A central priority of the Stone PhD Scholar fellowships is to catalyze new lines of research on income and wealth concentration at the top of the distribution and the implications of these trends, including their causes, consequences, and institutions and policies to address these developments. Accordingly, half of the eight Stone PhD Scholar fellowships are specifically designated for students who will pursue research on these questions. The remaining Stone PhD Scholar fellowships are open to other areas of inequality and social policy, broadly defined.

The curriculum draws primarily on research from the disciplines of economics, political science, sociology, and social policy. Students from Harvard’s PhD programs in African and African-American Studies, Economics, Education, Government, Health Policy, Political Economy and Government, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology, Social Policy, or in a related doctoral program with a focus on social science research are eligible to apply.

Application materials
Be sure to read the brochure, which provides important information about Stone PhD Scholar program, research areas, proseminar sequence, and fellowship terms.

Application instructions
The application form and recommendation waiver are writable PDF forms. Applicants are urged to save the documents to their computer before beginning any edits and 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 (file name: yourlastname.pdf) to be submitted by email 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. See waiver form for details.

There are eight fellowships available, with half of the eight Stone PhD Scholar fellowships specifically designated for students pursuing research on inequality and wealth concentration at the top of the distribution. In some circumstances, these fellowships might extend to 10 PhD Scholars.

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