HCEO is offering a $1,000 prize for the best doctoral dissertation on a topic related to one of HCEO’s 6 networks. In addition to the monetary award, the winner will be flown to the University of Chicago on a date of their choosing to present their work to the Center for the Economics of Human Development, HCEO directors, and University of Chicago faculty.  Winning submissions will be selected by the HCEO directors from a pool created by representatives of the 6 networks.


The competition is open to current doctoral students and recent Ph.D. graduates. To be eligible, a candidate must defended their dissertation between June 2018 and June 2019. If a candidate has not graduated by the submission deadline, they must include a letter from an advisor assuring the defense is scheduled to take place by June 2019.


Please submit:

  • Dissertation Summary: 250 words
  • Long-term Interest Statement, 1000 words
  • Description of the candidate's long-term interest or vision for their career (i.e. where they plan to go with the research)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Complete Dissertation with abstract
  • Dissertation area


When completing the dissertation submission, candidates must indicate which network pertains to their research, and provide a brief description as to how it relates to work on inequality in that specific field:


  • Applications open: January 30, 2019
  • Submission deadline for 2019: March 17, 2019
  • Prize awarded: April 8, 2019

Please submit all application materials via the form here. For questions please contact: coordinator.hceo@uchicago.edu