Please note that the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy is open only to Harvard Ph.D. students—students already enrolled in a Harvard doctoral program—who apply to at the end of their first or second year of graduate study. Prospective applicants to Harvard who are seeking admission to a Ph.D. program in this area may wish to investigate instead the Harvard Ph.D. Program in Social Policy, which offers a Ph.D. in Government & Social Policy or a Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy.
INEQUALITY & SOCIAL POLICY DOCTORAL FELLOWS
Contingent on the program's funding renewal, the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policyaims to select 7-8 full-funded doctoral fellows and 2-4 partially-funded doctoral fellows. All applicants will automatically be considered first for the full-funded fellowships and then for the smaller awards in turn.
In making award determinations, the selection committee will take into account existing fellowship resources, particularly for students who already hold combinations of Harvard funding and multiyear external fellowships (e.g., NSF, Javits, Soros, or Ford) resulting in five or more years of full stipend coverage. In these circumstances, the program would likely confer an honorary award consisting of a more flexible and generous research fund ($2,500-$8,000) in lieu of a stipend.
The program encourages all interested students to apply, as participation in the Inequality & Social Policy confers many resources—intellectual, community-building, and financial. Enrollment in the proseminar course sequence is capped to ensure an intensive cohort experience, with entry limited primarily to Social Policy Ph.D. students and Inequality & Social Policy affiliates only, meaning that students who wish to take the course in the upcoming year are advised to apply through the fellowship program.
Through their participation in the program, those named as Inequality & Social Policy Fellows will receive:
• A dissertation stipend of $27,500 , reserved for use at the dissertation stage (generally G-4 year) so that fellows may focus exclusively on dissertation research and writing. This award is for an academic year, disbursed over 10 months.
Partially-funded fellows will generally receive a half-stipend of $13,750, disbursed over one academic term.
Honorary awards, for those students already holding substantial fellowship resources (as described above), will generally consist of a $2,500-$8,000 research fund in lieu of a stipend.
• Individual research fund of $2,500, designed to be used for field research expenses, data purchases, transcription, RA's for routine data coding, conference presentations, and the like.
• Access to well-equipped computer facilities designed to facilitate empirical work. In some cases, shared office space in the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School may be available.
Key program requirements summarized
Participants in the Inequality & Social Policy program are expected, under the terms of the fellowships, to:
• Enroll in three-term Proseminar course sequence
• Attend weekly Malcolm Wiener Inequality & Social Policy Seminar Series
• Participate in special events and conferences organized by the Inequality program
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