The Institute on the Formation of Knowledge provides financial support for faculty, graduate/undergraduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Each opportunity is described below. For more information, please email

The submission deadline for Faculty Grants is March 1, 2022. Apply below.


Two-year fellowships awarded to University of Chicago faculty engaged in research related to the formation of knowledge, and being completed in collaboration with resident graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other faculty. Fellowship includes $30,000 research funds from the Institute, participation in the Institute’s workshop series and other events, and submission of an article to KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge. See current fellow projects. Apply here.


One-year fellowships awarded to University of Chicago faculty pursuing first-step research related to the formation of knowledge. Fellowship includes $5,000 research funds from the Institute, participation in the Institute’s workshop series, and submission of a research summary at the end of their fellowship year. See current fellow projects. Apply here. 


Extra-service teaching honorarium of $10,000 to University of Chicago tenure-track faculty who design and teach a course for XCAP, The Experimental Capstone. XCAP is a capstone curriculum launched at the Institute in 2018. Learn more about XCAP.


Two-year fellowships awarded to recent Ph.D. graduates and/or current postdocs with current research interests that straddle multiple departments and disciplines to investigate the influences beneath what is accepted as true at a given time and place. Postdocs will conduct individual research, collaborate with the UChicago academic community, teach graduate/undergraduate courses at the Institute, and participate in the Institute’s workshop series and other events. Meet our current postdocs. Apply here


One-year fellowships awarded to Ph.D. students in any UChicago School or Division whose work straddles multiple departments and disciplines. The 2021-22 Graduate Fellowship provides an office space (desk, bookshelf space, file cabinet) in IFK’s recently renovated and modernized building and invitation to the social and academic life of the Institute.


One-time prizes awarded to the best undergraduate theses dealing with topics related to the social and historical influences shaping the formation of knowledge, and most effectively crossing disciplinary and divisional boundaries in its research, argument, and conclusions. The competition is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students in any division who are graduating at the end of the current academic year. 


Resources awarded to UChicago departments, faculty, staff or students who are planning an event in the current academic year with an element of bridging disciplinary boundaries. Awards will vary.  


A listing of student jobs available at the Institute.