The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge offers two-year research grants to faculty at the University of Chicago who are interested in pursuing research connected to the current research theme and collaborating with resident graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other faculty in investigating approaches, methodologies, and outcomes of this agenda. The grant is for $30,000 total, dispersed as $15,000 per year over two years.

The research grant is open to all UChicago faculty from any division or school engaged in research related to the Stevanovich Institute’s mission of studying the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day and, in correlation, exploring how this history shapes our modern world. Applications will be evaluated on the significance of the proposed research for the investigation of the formation of knowledge, and a demonstrated ability to work beyond cultural, temporal, or disciplinary constraints.

Faculty receiving research grants would be asked to take up a minimal number of responsibilities, namely:

  • dedicate one quarter over two years for co-teaching the SIFK core graduate seminars (KNOW 401, 402, 403) or teaching the SIFK advanced undergraduate seminars
  • participate in the social and intellectual life of the institute
  • submit an article based on their research at SIFK to Know:  The Journal of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge
  • participate in the SIFK workshop series on Comparing Practices of Knowledge (meeting 3-4X per quarter) and present research in one of the workshop sessions

The application cycle is currently closed. Recipients of the Faculty Research Grant will be announced by late April. Please send any questions to