Our community of social scientists centers around graduate students
Few universities can present so high a proportion of social sciences doctoral programs ranked among the world’s top ten as the University of Chicago. We are proud of the long tradition of fundamental research in the social sciences that has established a ‘Chicago School’ approach in four disciplines: anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology. Our interdisciplinary master’s programs date to the early 1930s and are among the oldest and most distinguished in the nation, and provide exceptional opportunities for students to study with distinguished faculty in a one-year master’s curriculum.
We hope this section of our website will provide a quick reference to information that will enhance your studies and life in the Division of the Social Sciences. Prospective students considering the Division of the Social Sciences will want to be sure to peruse our Admissions information as well. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
Although the University of Chicago is a large institution to navigate, we have many resources available to our students and hope the links and information on these pages will lead you to discover the many resources, activities, and initiatives in support of our diverse student population.
Spring Quarter 2017
Monday, March 27
Winter quarter begins
Friday, March 31 – 3:00 pm
Deadline for applying to receive a degree Spring quarter.
Friday, April 14
Last day for drop/add & language exam registration
Friday, February 28
Last day to be removed from Spring quarter convocation list without paying $50 degree cancellation fee
Monday, May 15
Summer quarter registration begins
Friday, May 26
Prior quarter grades due for students receiving a degree Spring quarter
Friday, June 2
Current quarter grades due for students receiving a degree Spring quarter
Saturday, June 10
Spring Quarter Convocation
Saturday, June 10
Spring quarter ends
Fellowship Announcements and Application Forms
Registration and Financial Aid Forms
Social Sciences Graduate Student Activities Committee
Other Student Resources
- Campus and Student Life
- Career Advancement
- Center for Teaching and Learning
- Course listings (by quarter)
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Emerging Leaders Initiative
- Graduate Student Affairs
- International Affairs
- Student Disability Services
- Student Health Insurance
- Spiritual Life
- Student Health and Counseling Services
- Student Loan Administration
Office of the Dean of Students
Social Sciences Division
University of Chicago
1130 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Below each name, you will see the types of questions that can be directed to each staff member. If your question is not listed, please contact email@example.com, call 773.702.8414, or stop by Foster Hall, Room 107. To make an appointment with any of the Deans, please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773.702.8414.
- Assistant Dean of Students
- 773.702.8414, email@example.com, Foster 106
- Registration, Convocation, Residence status (including pro forma), Billing, Housing, Insurance, Forms for current students, Non-Degree Visiting Students, Disability determination, SSGSAC Procedures and Events
- Database administrator and programmer
- 773.834.5950, firstname.lastname@example.org, Foster 010
- Dean of Students
- 773.702.8414, email@example.com, Foster 105
- Financial Aid Assistant
- 773.702.8414, firstname.lastname@example.org, Foster 107
- Stipend checks, Billing, Tax treaty forms for International Students, SSGSAC reimbursements
- Admissions Associate
- 773.702.8415, email@example.com, Foster 107
- Admissions requirements and procedures, Entering credentials (transcripts from previous schools)
Kelly Therese Pollock
- Associate Dean of Students
- 773.795.3238, firstname.lastname@example.org, Foster 102
- Student Financial Aid including fellowships, Admissions Policies, Dual and Joint MA Programs, Ad-hoc joint-PhD, Second MAs, Teaching Requirements, Outreach and Recruiting
Dean's Advisory Council
The Division of the Social Science established a Deans Advisory Council in 2015 to advise and inform divisional leadership on administrative and academic issues that affect doctoral students. Composed of PhD students from each of the division’s departments, the DAC meets regularly over the academic year with the division’s Academic Dean, Deputy Dean, and the Dean of Students to explore topics jointly selected by DAC members and administrators. The DAC provides an institutional venue where Council members can represent the views and concerns of students. It also serves as a systematic channel for the division to communicate to students the broad perspectives of division and university, as council members report back to students in their respective programs.
Uday Arun Jain: Social Thought, email@example.com
Yuna Blajer de la Garza: Political Science, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez: Psychology, email@example.com
Kyle Gardner: History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Talia Gordon: Comparative Human Development, email@example.com
Kerstin Holzheu: Economics, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Harden: Psychology, email@example.com
Elizabeth (Lisa) Scott: History, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alysia Mann Carey: Political Science, email@example.com
Melissa Osborne: Sociology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Outland: Sociology, email@example.com
Winnie van Dijk: Economics, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Velez: Comparative Human Development, email@example.com
Konrad Weeda: Social Thought, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaya Williams: Anthropology, email@example.com
Policies & Procedures
The University of Chicago is a community of scholars dedicated to research, academic excellence, and the pursuit and cultivation of learning. Every member of the University—student, faculty, and staff—makes a commitment to strive for personal and academic integrity; to treat others with dignity and respect; to honor the rights and property of others; to take responsibility for individual and group behavior; and to act as a responsible citizen in a free academic community and in the larger society. Any student conduct, on or off campus, of individuals or groups, that threatens or violates this commitment may become a matter for action within the University’s system of student discipline.
The University’s Student Manual is the official statement of University policies and regulations, and expected standards of student conduct that are applicable to all students. Below we have outlined additional divisional policies and regulations and provided clarification for how University policies affect students within the Division of the Social Sciences.
- Divisional Disciplinary Procedures
- Residence Status for PhD Programs
- Year 10 Plan
- Advanced Study Course
- Candidacy and Defense
- Residence in Master’s Programs
- Insurance Requirements
- Billing, Loans, and Work Study
- Divisional Grievance Policy
Grants & Fellowships
Graduate education requires a considerable degree of financial planning. Every graduate student should be prepared to develop a comprehensive plan to finance years of training, including employment, educational loans, and fellowships and grants. The ability to identify and compete in funding competitions and to command grant support is an essential skill, not only for the graduate student years but also deep into their careers.
Most doctoral students rely on financial support from the University, mainly in the form of scholarships and fellowships, but also including educational loans and employment. In the first few years of study many students seek supplementary fellowship support from internal and external competitions, such as NSF, Ford, and Title VI FLAS fellowships. The Division combines such awards with University support, to a stipend level greater than either fellowship alone, up to a cap. In this combination, the Division may reduce or entirely replace the Divisional stipend with the new fellowship, depending on its level of award.
You can find a listing of fellowships to which you may want to apply in the Graduate Education Fellowship Database. For a list of past fellowship winners, check out the honor roll on the Emerging Leaders website.
- Fellowship Guidance
- Social Sciences Division In-Residence Aid
- Travel and Research Grants
- Pre-dissertation External
- Gray Fellowship
- Dissertation-Year Fellowships
Practical pedagogical experience in the form of teaching assignments is integral to our doctoral programs and an important part of a complete curriculum vitae. First-year graduate students are not eligible to take teaching positions, and second-year students are rarely selected for teaching assignments. Rather, in these early years students focus on course work and the acquisition of broad mastery in their disciplines. Doctoral students should seek a range of teaching experiences in the third through fifth years, ideally culminating in a lectureship. Students with a teaching component as part of their fellowship must fulfill the requirement by the end of the fellowship period. Many students who are beyond the fifth year seek teaching positions as a means of financial support.
Students are limited to a total of four teaching assignments in an academic year and two teaching assignments in any given quarter.