Graduate Fellowship Opportunities

Application Deadline: March 18, 2024 (DEADLINE PASSED)

Please make sure you read through each description as the eligibility requirements are different. You may apply to multiple fellowships through this single application.

Dissertation Completion Fellowships (CSRPC and joint CSRPC/CSGS)

Description: The goal of the fellowship is to enable outstanding doctoral students interested in the study of race and ethnicity to devote their full energies to the completion of the dissertation. One CSRPC will be awarded to someone working on the topic of race and ethnicity. One joint fellowship with the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will be awarded to someone working in the intersection of the topics of race/ethnicity and gender and/or sexuality.

Award: The fellowships carry a $5,000 bonus above and beyond their stipend. The successful applicant will also be provided with shared office space at the Center from September 5, 2024, through August 23, 2025.

Expectations: The fellow will be expected to be in residence during the award year, to regularly attend and present their work at the CSRPC Dissertation Incubator meetings (and the Joint Fellowship recipient will be expected to present and participate in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop), and to actively participate in the intellectual life of the center as a whole.

Eligibility:  University of Chicago PhD students from any discipline who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • matriculated after Autumn 2016
  • admitted to candidacy by April 1, 2024 and should be at an advanced stage of writing their dissertation
  • CSRPC Fellowship: a dissertation topic that has issues related to race or racialized groups as its central focus
  • CSRPC/CSGS Joint Fellowship: a dissertation topic that has the intersection of the topics of race and gender and/or sexuality as its central focus

Please note: Other University of Chicago funding may restrict eligibility. Because the intent behind these fellowships is to allow the awardee to devote her/his full attention and effort to the dissertation, the terms of this award do not allow one to engage in any remunerative activity or to hold any other award during the period. Under some circumstances, an exception may be made for teaching one course if approved by the Division. Because this is a Completion Fellowship, if the degree is not completed by Summer 2025, the awardee would be administratively withdrawn from their program.


Residential Fellowships (CSRPC and joint CSRPC/CSGS) 

Description: The residential fellowship provides research funding and office space to a current doctoral student interested in the study of race and ethnicity. 

Award: This fellowship provides a research fund of $2,000 and shared office space at the Center from September 5, 2024, through August 23, 2025.

Expectations: Recipients of the fellowship are expected to be in residence during the award year, to actively participate in the CSRPC Dissertation Incubator, and to participate in the intellectual life of the center as a whole.

Eligibility: University of Chicago PhD candidates from all disciplines working in the areas of race/ethnicity are encouraged to apply.


CSRPC Dissertation Incubator

In 2024-2025, the CSRPC Dissertation Incubator (formerly the Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies workshop) invites doctoral candidates from the Crown School, Divinity, Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions to join a supportive and engaged scholarly community for the development of dissertations on race, broadly conceived. The Incubator provides a forum for the collaborative, interdisciplinary study of global, trans-historical formations and phenomena that have shaped and been shaped by race. 

The workshop will continue the structure begun in 2021-2022, in which students receive stipends and an opportunity to receive feedback on a dissertation chapter from fellow workshop members and a scholar of their choice, from any academic institution worldwide. This structure aims to increase both intellectual engagement and professional networking opportunities for workshop participants. The workshop will meet in a hybrid format in the winter and spring quarters. Meetings will take place on selected Fridays, 12:30-1:50pm at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and will be open only to workshop members and selected invited faculty.