2019-20 Dissertation Research Fellowship

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge invites graduate students to apply for 6th- and 7th-year dissertation research fellowships for the duration of the 2019-20 academic year. Graduate fellows will join a community of scholars from across the university to study the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day and to explore how this history and culture shapes our modern world.

Awards for the academic year will include a stipend of $25,000, payment of tuition and fees, and health insurance (if elected), as well as the opportunity to apply for matching funds to reimburse conference expenses (up to $750) when presenting papers during the fellowship year. Students can hold no other award while on the Stevanovich Institute tenure, but the terms of the fellowship do permit students to engage in other remunerative activities (such as teaching), and do not preclude students from applying for dissertation completion grants or other University funding in subsequent years.

PhD students from any UChicago Division or School may apply, provided they have reached candidacy by the application deadline. These awards may not be held later than year seven. Applicants must demonstrate current research interests that straddle multiple fields and address the formation of knowledge. We welcome applicants who come from groups that are historically underrepresented, such as women, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian or Alaskan Native.

We will evaluate applicants based on the following criteria:

  • admittance to candidacy by the application deadline;
  • enrollment in two out of three quarters of the Stevanovich Institute core seminar (KNOW 401, 402, 403) prior to the beginning of the fellowship. Considerations will be made for students who have only completed one, but priority will be given to those who have completed both. If a recipient has only completed one core seminar, the recipient must complete the required second core seminar during the fellowship year;
  • Research focus that clearly demonstrates a multi-disciplinary approach to questions related to the formation of knowledge
  • Strength of submitted writing sample
  • Strength of recommendation letters
  • Focus and detail of submitted plan of work

Upon receiving the fellowship, students are expected to:

  • Participate in the Stevanovich Institute workshop series “Comparing Practices of Knowledge and present their work in one of its sessions;”
  • Report ongoing progress and results in dissertation research related to the Stevanovich Institute’s focus on knowledge formation and multi-disciplinary research;
  • Actively utilize the provided office space in the Stevanovich Institute’s newly-renovated building at 5737 S. University Ave.;
  • Participate in the life of the Stevanovich Institute, such as its conferences, discussions, workshops, social hours, and other academic and social activities.

Please submit your application by filling out this form.  The application should include: (1) a one-page letter explaining how your research relates to the mission of the Stevanovich Institute, (2) two letters of recommendation from faculty, (3) an up-to-date c.v., (4) a sample chapter, essay, or article, 5) a plan of work for the 2019-20 academic year, and 6) a current transcript.  The recommendation letters and transcripts should be sent directly to sifk-apps@uchicago.edu

Applications will be due by midnight on February 28, 2019. Recipients of the Dissertation Research Fellowship will be announced by late April 2019. Please send any questions to sifk-apps@uchicago.edu    

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The following courses meet the SIFK core seminar requirement:

2015-16

  • Winter - KNOW 40200: Case Studies on the Formation of Knowledge-1 (Bartsch, Gilbert, Howell, Ando, Pitts)
  • Winter  - KNOW 31407: Hermeneutic Sociology (Glaeser)
  • Spring - KNOW 40300: Case Studies on the Formation of Knowledge-2 (Richards, Goldsmith, Rossi, Saussy, Glaeser) 

2016-17

  • Autumn - KNOW 40101: Textual Knowledge and Authority: Biblical and Chinese Literature (Saussy, Chavel)
  • Winter - KNOW 40201: Reason and Religion (Bartsch, Richards)
  • Spring - KNOW 40301: The Discovery of Paganism (Ando, Brittenham)
  • Spring - KNOW 40303: Humanities as a Way of Knowing (Daston)

2017-18

  • Autumn - KNOW 40102: The Commons & the Public: Figuring Collaborative Knowledge Production (Biagioli)
  • Autumn - KNOW 31408: An Introduction to Science Studies (Knor Cetina, Johns)
  • Winter - KNOW 40201: Reason and Religion (Bartsch, Richards)
  • Spring - KNOW 40302: Islam and Modern Science (Doostdar)
  • Spring - KNOW 31407: Hermeneutic Sociology (Glaeser)

2018-19

  • Autumn - KNOW 40103: Censorship, Information Control, and Revolutions in Information Technology from Printing Press to Internet (Palmer, Johns)
  • Autumn - KNOW 40104: Battle in the Mind Fields (Goldsmith)
  • Winter - KNOW 40202: Lab, Field, and Clinic: The History and Anthropology of Medicine and the Life Sciences (Rossi)
  • Winter - KNOW 40203: Biopolitics and Posthumanism (Bruner)
  • Winter  - KNOW 31407: Hermeneutic Sociology (Glaeser)
  • Spring - KNOW 40304: Between Nature and Artifice: The Formation of Scientific Knowledge (Carlyle, Daly, Escobar)
  • Spring - KNOW 40305: The Archive of Early English Literature: Manuscripts, Books, and Canon (Stadolnik)
  • Spring - KNOW 40306: Race, Land, and Empire: History, Intersectionality, and the Meanings of America (Wilner)