Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge (SIFK) Undergraduate Thesis Award

$1,000 for the best UChicago thesis related to the formation of knowledge

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge (SIFK) is delighted to announce an annual $1000 undergraduate thesis award starting in the 2018-19 academic year.

The SIFK Undergraduate Thesis Award will be given to the best undergraduate thesis dealing with topics related to the social and historical influences shaping the formation of knowledge, and most effectively crossing disciplinary and divisional boundaries in its research, argument, and conclusions. The thesis may address any topic that has implications for the formation of knowledge.

Deadline Information

Will open in May 2021

Eligibility Requirements

The competition is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students in any division who are graduating at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. 

Application Process

The work will be judged by a panel of SIFK faculty.  The winner will receive an award of $1000, and a description of the winning thesis and its author will also be posted on the SIFK website. The application process will include submission of your thesis, an up-to-date c.v., and a one-page statement describing how you have transcended the normative restrictions of your major(s) and explaining your inspiration, methodology, and conclusions.

The 2018-19 application cycle is now open. Please send any questions to