Visiting Scholar Application
The Center for the Economics of Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Chicago welcomes visiting scholars for intensive, short-term collaboration or independent study that advances both their research and the Center’s research agenda.
Scholars with unique perspectives are encouraged to apply, including those developing rigorous formal models of the life cycles of individuals and families, including models of family formation and dissolution, those making extensive and creative empirical explorations of the life cycle, and scholars conducting ethnographic studies of human development.
Time spent at CEHD will be mutually beneficial. Visiting scholars will be encouraged to sharpen their analytical skills through direct engagement with Center researchers, affiliates, and the university on whole. Through their participation in research, conferences, workshops, and lectures, the visiting scholar will contribute to an exchange of ideas that will enrich CEHD’s research.
Per University of Chicago policy, visiting scholars are unable to receive salary. However, we are able to offer visa sponsorship (if necessary), desk space, and access to the university’s resources, including its libraries. Although the potential visiting scholar may propose a visiting period, duration and timing of the visit is at the discretion of CEHD leadership.
- A Ph.D. or M.A. in a relevant field.
- A visiting scholar is beyond the postdoctoral scholar phase in their career, usually holding some kind of professoriate or lecturer appointment.
- Interest in advancing understanding of human development across the life cycle, which includes early childhood and adolescence. Interest in the impacts of early life conditioning on inequality, intergenerational mobility, employment, health and crime. Experience conducting empirical research.
- A visiting scholar must demonstrate the ability to meet the university’s funding thresholds for each quarter they would like to visit.
- A research statement detailing the research they will perform, how it aligns with the work of CEHD, and why it is necessary to work at University of Chicago and CEHD.