Call for Graduate Student Submissions for the 2020 University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator

We are pleased to announce the 4th annual meeting of the University of Chicago Ethnography Incubator. Each year, the Incubator invites four faculty fellows and six graduate student fellows to the University of Chicago to participate in a two-day panel 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 2020 Ethnography Incubator will take place on Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th at the University of Chicago. Our faculty fellows are:

Amada Armenta — Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Tarini Bedi — Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois Chicago

Sergio Chavez — Associate Professor of Sociology, Rice University

David Grazian — Associate Professor of Sociology and Communication, UPenn

About the Event

The first day of the event (Thursday, March 12th) 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 reception for all fellows and audience members. The second day of the event (Friday, March 13th) will consist of a series of “fellows workshops,” in which faculty fellows will engage the work of graduate student fellows. Each student will have three faculty members 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 graduate student fellows.

The faculty organizers for the Chicago Ethnography Incubator are: Kimberly Hoang (Associate Professor), Kristen Schilt (Associate Professor), and Benjamin Fogarty-Valenzuela (Mansueto Fellow & Postdoctoral Scholar).

How to Apply

Applicants must be advanced to doctoral candidacy (ABD status). To apply to become a 2020 graduate student fellow, send the following material to by December 20th, 2019:

1.     A current CV (5 pages maximum).

2.     A one-page description of the dissertation project (500 words maximum) from which the data is being excerpted.

3.    A ten-page (maximum) writing sample (double-spaced, not including references) from an in-progress work (e.g., dissertation chapter or article). Writing samples should focus on empirical data and analysis. Please keep discussions of methodology, literature review, and other “front end” matter to a minimum.

Student fellows will be notified by February 1st, 2020. Questions? Send an email to

**Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we will not be notifying candidates who were not selected to participate in this year’s incubator. In addition, we will not provide feedback.