Fellowships and Funding Information


All events held in UChicago GRAD offices at 970 E. 58th Street, 3rd floor unless otherwise noted.

NSEP Boren Fellowship information session: Monday, October 21, 12:30-1:30 pm.
Critical Languages Scholarship information session: Wednesday, October 23, 3:30-4:30 pm.


Upcoming Opportunities

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Dissertation Fieldwork Grants: deadline 11/1.

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.


Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship; 11/5, 9 PM EST

The SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) funds 9-12 months of international dissertation research in one or more countries abroad in the humanities and humanistic social sciences on non-US topics. 68 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $23,000. The competition welcomes interdisciplinary, multi-sited research projects. Applicants must be ABD by fellowship start or by December 2020. 


Alfa Fellowship Program; deadline 11/15.

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.


Critical Languages Scholarship; deadline 11/19, 8:00 pm EST.

The CLS Program is an intensive summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. The Scholarship covers all transportation, lodging, and program costs (valued at around $5,000). Fifteen languages are offered by the CLS Program; view the list on the website: https://clscholarship.org/. Many languages offered by the CLS Program do not require applicants to have any experience studying critical languages. Applicants must be enrolled in graduate school at the time of application, but may graduate prior to the start of the CLS program. UChicagoGRAD will host an info session on 10/23; view details and register in GRAD Gargoyle.