Urban Doctoral Fellows

Scholarship and communications training for doctoral students focused on urban issues

The practice of scholarship and effective communications in urban fields increasingly requires multiple competencies, which are difficult to acquire working alone within traditional departments or programs. The Urban Doctoral Fellows Program provides a yearlong, supervised cohort experience training up to ten students whose research focuses on urban issues, with an emphasis on strengthening scientific writing, effective presentations, and multimedia communications.

The program consists of regular meetings to increase the clarity and substance of research, ideas, and approaches and explore their implications from a diverse set of views. Students work throughout the year to create and improve papers and presentations aimed at external audiences and learn how various disciplines engage in urban research through discussions with University of Chicago faculty and postdoctoral fellows.

Meetings are facilitated by Stephen Baker, Senior Research and Evaluation Scientist at University of Chicago’s Outlier Research and Evaluation, who organizes and moderates discussions with the active participation of the fellows.

The goal of each student’s full-year experience is to generate a paper and talk to be presented at a leading conference in their field. Travel and accommodation are provided by the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. The program has resulted in fellows’ work being presented at many diverse professional conferences and in award recognitions by groups such as the American Sociological Association and the Urban Affairs Conference.

The fellowship has become a well-known opportunity for University of Chicago graduate students, running for over 10 years. It began primarily with PhD students from departments in the Division of Social Sciences, and has recently extended to include students in the Division of Biological Sciences and Harris School for Public Policy, among other units. Students may come from any department or school at the University of Chicago, and they may be in any year of their PhD.

Benefits

  • Funding of up to $1,000 per fellow to cover registration, hotel, meals, and transportation costs for presentations at academic conferences.
  • Twice-monthly lunchtime meetings to prepare and review papers and presentations, and discuss urban research with University of Chicago faculty and Institute postdoctoral fellows.

Example Publications

Recent student publications include (fellows are bolded):

  • Zihao Lin. “Writing Down Our Happiness and Dreams: Essay Contest and the Statist Narratives of Deaf Identity in China.” January 2020. Disability & Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2020.1715923.
  •  Andrew Greenlee, Dylan Bellisle, et al.“Financial Instability in the Earned Income Tax Credit Program: Can Advanced Periodic Payments Ameliorate Systemic Stressors?” May 2020. Urban Affairs Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087420921527.
  • Geneva Cole. “Types of White Identification and Attitudes About Black Lives Matter,” July 2020. Social Science Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12837.
  • Jade Wong, Emily Claypool. “Narratives, Masks and COVID-19: A Qualitative Reflection March 2021.” Qualitative Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473325020973330.
  • Jacob Drucker, Nathan R. Senner, Juan Pablo Gomez.“Behavioral Ecology Interspecific Aggression in Sympatry Between Congeneric Tropical Birds.” July 2021. Behavioral Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arab060.
  • Eve L. Ewing, Bridgette Davis, Samantha Rachel Guz. “’I Hope I Make It’: Alternative School Students’ Attendance and the Need for an Expanded Accountability.” July 2021. Urban Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/00420859211027618.
  • Stephanie Ternullo. “The Electoral Effects of Social Policy: Expanding Old-Age Assistance, 1932-1940.” January 2022. The Journal of Politics. https://doi.org/10.1086/715244.
  • Jose Eos Trinidad.“Meaning-Making, Negotiation, and Change in School Accountability, Or What Sociology Can Offer Policy Studies.” Feb 2022. Sociological Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.1111/soin.12485.

Cohorts

Learn more about past cohorts in the Urban Doctoral Fellows Program:

2021-2022

2020-2021

2019-2020

Requirements

  • Fellows meet in 16 weekday sessions, for 90 minutes, throughout the academic year, beginning at the start of the Autumn Quarter. Lunch is provided.
  • To be eligible for the program and the travel stipend, students must attend all fellows’ meetings.
  • Students must be enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Chicago.

Apply now for the 2022-23 academic year. Deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday, May 11 at 5 pm.

Email acdodge@uchicago.edu with questions.

 

 Urban Doctoral Fellows Application 2022-2023:

Urban Doctoral Fellows Application 2022-2023
Please provide an overview of no more than 250 words for the (current, in-progress) research project that you would like to refine as part of the Fellows program. Projects may still be under development; please include detail on the research question, sampling and methodology, and analytic framework.
To what conferences might you submit your paper? (One or two possibilities is fine; please provide deadlines for submission and dates of conferences, if possible.)

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