CID Emerging Inequality Scholar Award

A photo of the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics collaboration space

Applications are currently closed for the CID Emerging Inequality Scholar Award. Applications for for the 2023-2024 academic year (fall, winter, and summer semesters) will open in winter 2023. Graduate students at the University of Michigan who have achieved candidacy by the requested semester start date are welcome to apply. The Emerging Inequality Scholar Award will provide funding for independent research that is equivalent to the funding provided by a 50% GSRA position for one semester plus a $3,000 research award.


The Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics (CID) was founded at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) as a partnership between ISR, the Institute’s Survey Research Center, and the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts in 2019. CID is an open and multidisciplinary research incubator, bringing together students and faculty from a variety of fields across the social sciences. As a center for foundational research, it sustains a broad approach to the study of socio-economic inequality as a population-wide and relational phenomenon; that is, the study of groups along the entire distribution of socio-economic standing – from the very wealthy to those in debt, from those moving in and out of poverty to those transferring fortunes – and the causal connections between these groups. 

From its founding, CID has focused on supporting the next generation of scholars. We strive to advance foundational research on inequality by building a cohesive and vibrant intellectual community across campus and a democratic and egalitarian organization that involves scholars from all careers stages and multiple social science disciplines. Graduate students are one of the main engines of this community. The CID Emerging Inequality Scholar Award offers an intellectual community with a culture of ample interaction and continuous feedback for students interested in becoming leaders in research on socio-economic inequality.



In addition to an active intellectual community filled with professional development opportunities, benefits include:

  • Tuition and research funding as specified below (summer funding available)
  • Work on own project of choice
  • Access to flexible working space, including open and shared work spaces with external monitors, zones for writing, for collaboration, for meetings, and for social gathering



The competition is open to graduate students at the University of Michigan who have achieved candidacy by the Award term start date and are doing research on the topic of socio-economic inequality. We give particular consideration to students proposing research on an aspect of wealth inequality. Given the mission of the center, we especially encourage individuals from any groups racialized as non-white or who meet Rackham Merit Fellowship criteria to apply.