PhD students in economics, business, political science, sociology, law, and other related fields may apply so long as their dissertation sheds light on a relevant topic, including, but 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
  • Shareholder vs stakeholder capitalism and ESG

Winners receive up to $2,500 (depending on the award) after the start of the Fall quarter and the rest upon submission of a research progress report at the end of the academic year. Award winners are required to submit reports throughout the year on their research progress. Winners can also attend Stigler lunches and present their work in progress. 

The awards are open to University of Chicago students only.


Applications for academic year 2022–2023 are due June 26 by 11:59pm CT.

Application requirements:


Application deadline: June 26 by 11:59pm CT Chicago time

Winners will be notified at the start of the Fall quarter.