Fellowship awards

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

The Malcolm Hewitt Wiener PhD Scholars
in Poverty and Justice

The PhD Scholar awards are open to Harvard PhD students in the social sciences who apply at the end of their first or second year (G-1 or G-2) of doctoral study.

Eight to ten James M. and Cathleen D. Stone PhD Scholar fellowships in Inequality and Wealth Concentration and two Malcolm Hewitt Wiener PhD Scholar fellowships in Poverty and Justice are available each year.

Half of the Stone PhD Scholar fellowships are specifically designated for Harvard PhD students who will pursue research on top-end income inequality or wealth concentration. The purpose of these fellowships is to spur academic work on the implications of these trends at the top of the distribution.

The remaining Stone PhD Scholar fellowships are open with respect to focus within the Inequality & Social Policy program’s areas of interest. Applicants will be automatically considered for all applicable fellowships in turn.

The fellowships: Dissertation and research support

Through their participation in the program, those selected as Stone PhD Scholars or Wiener PhD Scholars will generally receive:

  1. A dissertation-stage stipend of $32,000, reserved for use at the dissertation stage (generally G-4 year) so that Scholars may focus exclusively on dissertation research and writing. This award is for an academic year, disbursed over ten months.
  2. Individual research fund of $5,000, which may be used at any time during the Scholar’s doctoral studies. These resources are intended to spur innovative student research where costs might otherwise be prohibitive. They are meant to support field research and in-depth interviews, original data collection, data purchases, field or laboratory experiments, large-scale surveys, and similar research needs.
  3. Supplemental Stone research and travel funds. Additional resources may be available for research and conference travel that contributes to the development of research on top-end inequalty and wealth concentration.

Note: The selection committee may take into account existing resources in those cases where students already hold outside multi-year fellowships that effectively ensure five or more years of full stipend coverage (e.g., NSF, Soros, Ford Foundation). In these circumstances, PhD Scholars are generally awarded a more flexible individual research fund of $12,000 to $18,000, rather than a dissertation-stage stipend.

Fellowship terms: Key program requirements summarized

PhD Scholars maintain their affiliation throughout their doctoral studies at Harvard. Those selected as PhD Scholars are expected, under the terms of these awards, to:

  1. Enroll in the three-term proseminar course sequence, culminating in the completion of an original research project and its presentation in the third-term proseminar,

  2. Participate in the weekly Harvard Inequality & Social Policy Seminar Series.

  3. Attend the annual Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality and Inequality & Social Policy special events.

  4. Make full use of opportunities to engage with the Stone Senior Scholars and other Inequality & Social Policy visitors.