The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group is now accepting applications for our doctoral dissertation prize. The $1,000 prize will be awarded for the best 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 to present their work to the Center for the Economics of Human Development, HCEO directors, and University of Chicago faculty.

The winning submission will be selected by HCEO's directors from a pool created by representatives from our 6 networks. The competition is open to current doctoral students and recent Ph.D. graduates. To be eligible, a candidate must have 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 defense by June 2019.

You can read about our 2018 dissertation prize winners, Tímea Laura Molnár and David Lydon-Staley, here.

The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2019, and the prize will be awarded on April 8, 2018. For any questions, please contact More info can be found here.

Applications are now closed.