Postdoctoral Fellowships

For Postdoctoral Scholars: Fellowships in Wealth Distribution and Inequality

The Stone Program invites proposals for postdoctoral fellowships to support scholars conducting research relating to the core interests of the program: wealth distribution, inequality, and social policy. These awards will be made on the merits of the proposed research and its connection to the Stone Program’s research focus.

Scholars who have obtained their PhDs in the last two years, or who will have defended their dissertations by the start of their postdoctoral appointment, are eligible to apply. Postdoctoral applicants must possess a PhD at the time of the start of the fellowship. Applications are invited from those in the fields of Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Public Policy, History, Social Welfare, or other related fields.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit the following materials to

  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation (To be submitted directly by faculty members to
  • Recommendation waiver forms
  • A 2-page, single spaced description of their proposed research agenda or topic - this description should include an explanation of (1) the significance of the research, (2) anticipated work product, (3) timeline for the research and how the fellowship corresponds to the timeline, and (4) how the research will be shared with the Stone Program community and with the broader public.
  • A writing sample (not co-authored with the applicant’s advisor or senior faculty)

Proposal Evaluation
Proposals will be evaluated by a review committee of faculty members affiliated with the Stone Program.

The deadline for applications for postdoctoral fellowships is June 1, 2022.

Postdoctoral fellows will receive $60,000 annually plus benefits, and have access to Harvard’s library system and research resources. Recipients will be recognized as Stone Program Postdoctoral Fellows in honor of the support provided by James M. and Cathleen D. Stone. Fellows who receive these grants will be expected to be based in the local area for the duration of the fellowship and to contribute to the collective intellectual life of the Stone Program. Examples of this collaboration include attending the weekly Stone Program inequality seminar, meeting with outside speakers, and presenting research. Fellows may also be invited to mentor Stone PhD Scholars, who are graduate students working on inequality from departments across Harvard University.