CID Visiting Fellowship

CID is an open and multidisciplinary research center, bringing together students and faculty from a variety of fields, including sociology, economics, public policy, social work, philosophy, education, and others. It pursues cutting-edge research and innovative teaching on one of the central societal challenges of our time: social inequality. With a focus on the dynamics of social inequality, CID’s scientific mission is to develop a better understanding of changes and stability in social inequality across time, generations, and sociopolitical contexts. The center also helps expand the social scientific data infrastructure available to support research on these topics and increases the accessibility of high-quality data for inequality researchers everywhere.

Applications are currently closed for the Visiting Fellowship.

One of CID’s main goals is to support the next generation of inequality scholars. We strive to advance foundational research on inequality by building a cohesive and vibrant intellectual community that involves scholars from all careers stages and multiple social science disciplines. The CID Visiting Fellowship provides an early-career social scientist with dedicated time to pursue their research in an intellectual community with a culture of engagement and collaboration.

Given the mission of the center, we especially encourage individuals from any groups racialized as non-white and welcome applicants from many educational, cultural, geographical, and familial backgrounds to apply.


Applicants must meet all of the following:

  • hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree
  • have an academic, tenure-track appointment at their home institution
  • have not yet received tenure

International applicants are welcome to apply. Faculty at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor are not eligible to apply.

Jacob Faber presents at the Stone Center for Inequality Dynamics on March 5, 2024.


CID strongly encourages the Fellow to live in the Ann Arbor area during the academic year of their fellowship, so that they may fully engage with the CID community. At the same time, we recognize that this may not be possible for all candidates. Thus, the Fellow may pursue a primarily nonresidential option. Fellows who will be primarily nonresidential are expected to visit CID at least once in fall 2024 and once in spring 2025, for a total of at least 4 weeks at CID during the academic year. CID will work with the Fellow to determine the schedule of visits.

Regardless of whether the Fellow chooses to be residential or nonresidential, they are expected to devote the academic year of their fellowship to research and to participate in the CID community. Fellows are expected to give a talk on their research to CID during their fellowship, to participate (in-person or virtually) in CID’s monthly lab meetings and other center talks and events throughout the academic year, and to meet periodically with CID students and faculty during the year.

Fellows will be asked to affirm that they have no teaching and service responsibilities at their home institution during the academic year of the fellowship.

Funding and Resources

CID will provide the Fellow salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary, up to a maximum of $80,000 in support. If funds from other sources, such as sabbatical support, provide more than 50 percent of the Fellow’s academic year salary, CID will provide less than 50 percent.

Residential Fellows will be provided with an office in CID, a computer and software, and access to the University of Michigan’s campus resources (e.g., libraries and gyms).

CID will cover up to $8,000 in travel expenses for nonresidential Fellows to travel to CID during the academic year. Fellows will be provided with a workspace in CID during their visits.

Fellows will be asked to affirm that they have matching funds (e.g., through sabbatical funds or external funding) that provide the other 50% of their salary for the fellowship year.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team of CID faculty members. Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant’s scholarly record to date (as appropriate for their career stage), the promise of their research proposal, and the proposal’s fit with CID’s mission and priority research areas.

For the 2024-2025 fellowship year, priority will be given to applicants whose proposals relate to one or more of the following areas:

  • Wealth inequality
  • Housing and/or urban economics
  • Racial and ethnic economic inequality


If you have questions about the application process, CID, or the visiting fellow position, please contact CID Program Manager Melissa Bora ([email protected]).