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 James M. and Cathleen D. Stone PhD Scholar fellowships in Inequality and Wealth Concentration are available each year, four of which are specifically designated for Harvard PhD students who will pursue research on top-end income and wealth concentration. These awards are designed to spur new lines of research to better understand the nature of these trends at the top of the distribution and their economic, political, social, and policy consequences. The remaining four Stone PhD Scholar fellowships are open with respect to focus within Inequality & Social Policy's four research domains.

Two additional Malcolm Hewitt Wiener PhD Scholar fellowships will support students working in the area of poverty and justice. 

In some circumstances, these resources might enable up to 12 PhD Scholars in all to be selected. Applicants will be automatically considered for all applicable fellowships.


The fellowships: Generous stipend and research support
Through their participation in the program, those selected as James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Scholars in Inequality and Wealth Concentration or Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Scholars in Poverty and Justice will generally receive:

(i) 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.

(ii) 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.

(iii) Stone travel funds for inequality conferences and workshops. Travel funds may be available for conferences or workshops that contribute to the development of student research on top-end inequality or wealth concentration.

Note: The selection committee may take into account existing resources in those cases where students already hold substantial outside fellowships (e.g., NSF, Soros, or Ford Foundation), in addition to Harvard support, that effectively ensure five or more years of full stipend coverage. In these circumstances, the Inequality & Social Policy program would likely confer a more flexible individual research fund of $12,000 to $18,000, which could be used for research or dissertation stage support, in lieu of the dissertation-stage stipend.