Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars in Wealth Distribution and Inequality

The Stone Program invites proposals for visiting scholar awards that provide salary support of up to one semester to scholars conducting research related 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. One semester residencies will be considered, but the preferred length of residence is two semesters.

We invite applications from tenured or tenure-track faculty, or equivalent.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send their CV to, along with 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 visiting scholar position corresponds to the timeline, and (4) how the research will be shared with the Stone Program community and with the broader public. Faculty may apply either for the forthcoming or following academic year.

Proposal Evaluation
Research-semester leave proposals will be evaluated by a review committee of faculty members affiliated with the Stone Program.

The deadline for visiting scholar applications in the next round will be announced soon.

Faculty will be recognized as Stone Visiting Scholars in honor of the support provided by James M. and Cathleen D. Stone. Faculty who receive these grants will be given office space at the Harvard Kennedy School and be expected to be in residence and contribute to the collective intellectual life of the Stone Program. Examples of this collaboration include leading a Stone Program seminar, giving a presentation on the research accomplished, presenting in the weekly seminar speakers series, and moderating the Stone Lecture. Faculty may also be invited to mentor Stone PhD Scholars, who are graduate students working on inequality from departments across Harvard University.