HCEO is offering a $1,500 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 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  graduates. To be eligible, a candidate must have a graduation date or scheduled their defense between January 2022 and September 2023. If a candidate has not graduated by the submission deadline, he or she must include a letter from an adviser assuring graduation by September 2023.


Please submit:

  • Dissertation Summary: 250 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:


  • Submission deadline for 2023: July 31, 2023
  • Prize awarded: Fall 2023

For questions please contact hceo@uchicago.edu


    Click here to apply.