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 are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for Harvard undergraduate and Master’s students pursuing original research on issues regarding inequality, both domestically and abroad. Projects addressing the impact of COVID-19 are particularly encouraged.

Research topics on inequality 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

No specific research methodology is expected, but the research should demonstrate a clearly analytical approach. Projects advised by junior faculty members are encouraged for submissions.

Research Project Funding:

We are currently seeking applications for the CID/Malcolm Wiener Center Joint Awards to support new research projects on inequality undertaken during AY20-21 by current Harvard undergraduate and Master’s students (enrolled full-time during AY20-21 in a Harvard University degree program). Eligible undergraduate students can submit a research proposal and request funding up to $3500 for individual projects and up to $5000 for group projects. Master’s students can request up to $5000 for individual projects and $7500 for group projects. PAE/SYPA Projects are eligible for funding submissions.

Funding recipients are expected to complete their project by April 2021 and are required to submit a final paper and policy brief summarizing their project’s findings. 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 Malcolm Wiener Center on April 29th-30th, 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 reviewers.

  1. CV
  2. Project proposal, which should include the project’s background and rationale, research questions and methodology, plan of work, schedule, and name of faculty advisor for the project (maximum length of five pages, single-sided).
  3. Budget


  • October 15th, 2020: All project funding application materials due
  • October 31st, 2020: Decision on funded proposals
  • April 15th, 2021: Deadline for final paper (up to 40 pages) and policy brief based on your findings (maximum length of two pages, single-sided)      
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