Predoctoral Students

Oral Health Dissertation Fellowship

Funded by the George E. Richmond Foundation, the University of Chicago Program in Oral Health, Systemic Health, Well-Being and the Social Sciences addresses important problems in oral health through the exploration of its effects on the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. It also explores the link between oral health, systemic health, and socioeconomic factors.  Using leading-edge social and life science methods, The Program in Oral Health addresses important problems in oral health, innovates through research findings, and provides a training ground for the next wave of researchers who will transform oral health locally, nationally, and internationally.

The purpose of the Program in Oral Health Dissertation Fellowship Program is to promote the scholarship of doctoral (PhD) students in the social sciences or a related field at the University of Chicago who have decided to make oral health the focus of their doctoral dissertations.  The Fellowship award provides support for living expenses, training related expenses, and tuition (if necessary) in the amount of $40,000 for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  Upon being awarded the fellowship, awardees will work with their home department and the program directors to develop a budget. Awardees are expected to provide a final written summary of activities during the fellowship period, a copy of the completed dissertation, and any other papers based on the project as they are completed. Fellows are also expected to speak about their research at the Health Economics Workshop or the Outcomes Research Workshop as well as at a Program in Oral Health workshop or symposium.

PhD students in the Social Sciences Division, Department of Public Health Sciences, Booth School of Business, Harris School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Service Administration are welcome to apply.

Read about current and past students here.

Application Process

CHeSS is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in Spring 2017 for information about funding for the 2017-18 academic year. Applicants must submit the following materials through the online application system:

  • A current CV
  • A one-page candidate description including an explanation of how this research fits into the candidate’s long-term goals
  • A description of the proposed research project (2-3 pages)
  • One letter of support
  • Current transcript
  • Writing sample of work done while at the university.

Click here to launch the online application. Contact Kelsey Bogue with any questions. 

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