CISSR Dissertation Support Grants


The CISSR Dissertation Support Grant provides funding and office space for doctoral students who have completed most of their fieldwork and are at the write-up stage of their dissertation.


University of Chicago doctoral students in the Division of the Social Sciences who have defended their dissertation proposal and collected most of their data/empirical evidence may apply. 


CISSR seeks to support doctoral research on international, transnational, and global questions. 

Graduate fellows are expected to engage with others at CISSR and contribute to intellectual life of the Center. All fellows are required to submit a report on the use of CISSR funds by July 1, 2020 and acknowledge CISSR support in all related publications.


CISSR will provide graduate fellows with $5,000 in stipend along with shared office space in Pick Hall.


Applications for 2019-20 Dissertation Support Grants are due April 5, 2019 at 11:59pm CST.

All applications require:

  1. Application forms are available on the University of Chicago’s funding  portal. Click here to complete an application form. You will need to submit contact information for a faculty sponsor as part of the application process  (no letter of recommendation is required, but students must identify a member of the faculty who is familiar with the work and can speak to the feasibility and promise of the proposed project)
  2. A CV
  3. A dissertation precis outlining the dissertation’s arguments, methods, and chapters (1,500-word maximum, bibliographies are excluded from word count)

Applicants are encouraged to learn more about CISSR and the Dissertation Support Grant by contacting Teresa Rodriguez via email at or by phone at (773) 702-7721.

Applications Due

April 5, 2019




TUESDAY, March 5

The Paulson Institute

China in Africa: An African Perspective

W. Gyude Moore

12:30pm, Quadrangle Club Solarium

1155 E 57th St., Chicago, IL

Lunch provided with registration


FRIDAY, March 8

Seminary Co-Op

Technologies for Intuition

Alaina Lemon, University of Michigan

6:00pm, Seminary Co-Op

5751 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL


Katz Center for Mexican Studies

John Steinbeck and Mexico: From the Great Depression to the Cold War

Adela Pineda Franco, Boston University

12:30pm, John Hope Franklin Room, SS 224

1126 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


FRI-SAT, March 8-9

Becker Friedman  Institute

Gender and the Labor Market Conference

Chicago Booth Harper Center, Room C25

5807 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL



East Asia Workshop: Politics, Economy, and Society

Migration and Political Development in China

Yao Lu, Columbia University

12:00pm, Pick Lounge

5828 S University Ave., Chicago, IL

Lunch provided


SUNDAY, March 10


Balkan Rhythms

1:30pm, Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club

1212 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


Institute of Politics

News & Views: Political Unrest in Venezuela

Jason Seawright, Northwestern University

12:30pm, Institute of Politics

5707 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL

Registration required, lunch provided


MONDAY, March 11

The Pearson Institute

Lunch and Learn

Rebecca Wolfe

12:45pm, Keller Center, Room 2112

1307 E 60th St., Chicago, IL


Pozen Family Center for Human Rights

Eyes on Mexico: Transitional Justice in Mexico

Guillermo Trejo, Notre Dame

6:30pm, School of Social Service Administration

969 E 60th St., Chicago, IL


Seminary Co-Op

Secret Wars 

Austin Carson

6:00pm, Seminary Co-Op

5751 S Woodlawn Ave.,  Chicago, IL



International House

The Transatlantic Alliance: Opportunities and Challenges

Alexander Kulitz

12:00pm, International House, Assembly Hall

1414 E 59th St., Chicago, IL

Registration required,  lunch provided


TUESDAY, March 12

Institute of Politics

IPP: Brexit - Deal or No Deal?

Phil Levy

12:30pm, Institute of Politics

5707 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL

Registration required, lunch provided


Center for East Asian Studies

"Deemed Inadvisable": The University's Wartime Japanese American Ban and the South Side Nikkei Community

Eric Langowski

3:00pm, Regenstein Library, Room 122

1100 E 57th St., Chicago, IL


THURSDAY, March 14

Chicago Department of Sociology

Chicago Ethnography Incubator

Panel Discussion

5:00pm, Saieh Hall, Room 021

5757 S University  Ave., Chicago, IL


UChicago Common Book Initiative

A Discussion of "The Best We Could Do"

UChicago Faculty Panel

4:30pm, Social Science Research Building, Room 122

1126 E 59th St., Chicago, IL


Southern Asia at Chicago

Embodied Empiricism and the Respectability of Labour at the Madrasa Tibbiya Delhi

Sabrina Datoo

5:00pm, Foster Hall, Room 103

1130 E 59th St., Chicago, IL





The Newberry 

Pine Nuts: Indigenous Cultivation and “Colonial” Trade in North America

Tatiana Seijas

4:00pm, The Newberry Towner Fellows Lounge

60 W Walton St., Chicago, IL



The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

US and China: Economic Powers at Odds

Phil Levy and Derek Scissors

4:00pm,  Chicago Council on Global Affairs

130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL

Registration Required


The Block Museum

Research at the Crossroads: Inside the Exhibition Caravans of Gold

Sarah Estrella, Dela Kuma, Mariam Taher

6:00pm, Block Museum

40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston,  IL


THURSDAY, March 14

The Block Museum

Film Screening: Brûle la Mer

7:00pm, Block Museum

40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston,  IL


FRIDAY, March 8

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

A Brave New World: Democracy and Big Data
Elizabeth Banker, Michelle Richardson, Adrian Shabaz
5:00pm,  Chicago Council on Global Affairs
130 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Registration Required



The Art Institute of Chicago

Two Meetings and a Funeral

Naeem Mohaiemen Exhibit

111 S  Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Through March 31 block




"If letting police kill the bandits could solve Brazil's crime problem, it would be solved already."

The quote above comes from a recent interview with CISSR Fellow Benjamin Lessing by Brazilian newspaper Valor Económico. In the interview, Lessing discusses President Jair Bolsonaro’s new anti-crime bill, recent prison gang attacks, and his forthcoming article about Brazil’s largest criminal organization. Read more here...


Japan’s Gender Gap

UChicago Sociology Professor Kazuo Yamaguchi’s article on Japan’s gender gap was recently published in the International Monetary Fund’s Finance & Development journal. Yamaguchi explains that lack of equal career opportunities and long work hours are significant causes in the wage gap between men and women. Read more here...


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David Runciman, "The Fate of Democracy: Renewal or Decay?": Director's Lecture, February 12, 2019

The Fate of Democracy: Renewal or Decay?


In this Directors Lecture from the Neubauer Collegium, David Runciman (Cambridge University) explores the current crisis in Western Democracy and the need to reevaluate the relationship between political action, institutional continuity, and social transformation in order to understand where democracy is heading in the next century.

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