Research Opportunities

PhD Dissertation Award (University of Chicago only)

The Stigler Center will award up to five $5,000 dissertation awards for University of Chicago PhD students who are currently in their third, fourth or fifth year and who are in advanced stages of writing their dissertation about the political, economic, and cultural obstacles to better working markets. Topics include (but are not limited to): 

  • Effects of regulation on competition
  • Impacts of campaign financing on legislation
  • Corruption (institutional, political, and old-fashioned bribes)
  • Crony capitalism
  • Media capture
  • Judicial capture
  • Market design
  • Antitrust

The award is open to PhD students in any area (not only Economics and Business, but also Political Science, Sociology, Law, Psychology, etc.), as long as their dissertations shed light on a relevant topic. The award is open to PhD students from the University of Chicago only.

The winners will receive up to $2,500 (depending on the award) upon notification of the Prize, and the remainder when they submit a completed version of the paper to be posted in the Stigler Working Paper series. Winners are required to attend the weekly Stigler lunches held in the Fall and Spring quarters, where they will also be able to present their work in progress. Award winners are also required to submit reports throughout the academic year on their research progress.

Applications for academic year 2020-2021 are now closed. Winners will be notified by the start of the Fall quarter.

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