The University of Chicago has been a widely recognized institutional leader in the social sciences since the 1930s. In those days, Charles Merriam and colleagues endeavored to create a community committed to the study of society that was systematic yet unfettered by fixed research programs. In the words of CISSR’s first faculty director, Dan Slater, “things get most interesting when we strive and struggle to translate the particulars from our favorite corners of the world to audiences whose greatest expertise and intellectual passions lie elsewhere.”

Through their Research Fellowships, CISSR provides financial and administrative support to University of Chicago faculty and graduate students who are engaged in social science projects that are international, transnational, and global in scope. 

Please take a moment to explore our website, read about current fellows’ projects, and browse selected publications by Chicago faculty, graduate students, and CISSR alumni. 

Click here to review current Calls for Proposals and application instructions.