The Dissertation Award offered by the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge is an annual competition for the top doctoral dissertation addressing topics related to social and historical influences shaping the formation of knowledge and which most effectively crosses and bridges disciplinary and divisional boundaries in its research, argument, and conclusions. Submitted dissertations may address any topic that has implications for the formation of knowledge and interrogates traditional ways of knowing. The competition is open to any doctoral student at the University of Chicago graduating at the end of the 2022-23 academic year. Dissertations will be judged by a panel of Institute faculty. The first-place winner will receive an award of $2,000.

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Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2023



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