Thanks to generous funding from The Review of Economics and Statistics, the Harvard Center for International Development (CID) and the Harvard Kennedy School Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. We are pleased to announce the availability of several financial awards recognizing exceptional original research by Harvard undergraduate,  Master’s, and PhD students on issues of inequality, both domestically and abroad. Research on the impact of Covid-19 is particularly encouraged.

This is a University-wide initiative to highlight the best research papers addressing a topic on inequality, which could include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic inequality, social safety nets, tax and welfare systems
  • Health care and COVID-19 response
  • Crime, violence, criminal justice, and policing
  • Gender inequality
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Workforce and labor markets
  • Education access and quality
  • Spatial inequality

Selected undergraduate projects will be awarded $1500, while research completed by Master’s or PhD students will receive awards of $3000. All recipients will be invited to present their work at the Harvard Student Poster Session during the 2021 Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM 2021), cohosted by CID and the Wiener Center in Fall 2021 in Cambridge.

How to apply:

Submit the following application materials to Funding will be awarded on the merit of the application materials as judged by a panel of faculty at CID and the Wiener Center.

  1. CV
  2. Final paper (up to 40 pages in length), and
  3. Policy brief based on your findings (maximum length of two pages, single-sided)


  • March 31st, 2021: Submission deadline for final paper & policy brief
  • April 30th, 2021: Announcement of awards

    For any questions, email