We are pleased to announce the second annual meeting of the University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator. Each year, the Incubator will invite four faculty fellows and six graduate student fellows to the University of Chicago to participate in a two-day convening and workshop series. The Incubator is designed to advance ethnographic methodologies, provide hands-on mentorship to graduate student fellows, and build an interdisciplinary community of ethnographers. We invite applications from graduate students in any discipline who are engaged in dissertation-level, ethnographic research. 

The first day of the event (Thursday, March 8) will feature a roundtable panel discussion with the faculty fellows regarding current methodological, substantive, and ethical issues presently confronting ethnographic research. The panel will be followed by a dinner for all fellows and invited guests. The second day of the event (Friday, March 9) will consist of a series of “fellows workshops,” in which faculty fellows will engage the work of graduate student fellows. Each student will have two faculty fellows provide critical substantive feedback on the work and stimulate broader conversations regarding the methodological practice of ethnography. The day will conclude with a dinner for fellows.

Airfare, lodging, and select meals will be provided to all selected graduate student fellows.

For 2018, the Ethnography Incubator will take place on Thursday March 8th and Friday March 9th at the University of Chicago.

Applicants must be advanced to doctoral candidacy (ABD status). To apply to become a 2017 graduate student fellow, send the following material to by December 20, 2017:

1.     A current CV (5 pages maximum).

2.     A 500 word (maximum) abstract of dissertation research project.

3.     A ten-page (maximum) writing sample (double-spaced, not including references) from an in-progress work (i.e. dissertation chapter or article). Writing samples should ideally incorporate empirical data, analysis, and theoretical framework/intervention.

Student fellows will be notified by January 15th. Questions?  Send an email to