Gerald D. Suttles Fellowship in Doctoral Ethnographic Research

Gerald D. Suttles Fellowship in Doctoral Ethnographic Research


This award is endowed by Gerald D. Suttles, professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of Chicago and adjunct professor of Sociology at Indiana University, one of sociology’s premier experts in urban ethnography. It recognizes excellence in the use of ethnographic methods in doctoral research.


Only students who will be working on their dissertations during the award year are eligible to apply. The dissertation research can rely on one or multiple methodological approaches but must include an ethnographic component. The award typically will go to a different student each year, but in exceptional cases a repeat awardee is allowed.


The Suttles Fellowship provides a small cash grant and there typically will be a single recipient in any given year.

Materials to submit
  1. curriculum vitae
  2. research statement (no longer than four pages, single-spaced) that describes the applicant’s research trajectory, focusing on past accomplishments and on specific plans for ethnographic research conducted in the dissertation during the award year
  3. copies of research publications
  4. copies of unpublished scholarship (papers under review or being readied for submission, presentations at professional meetings)


Criteria for selection  (listed in order of descending importance)
  1. quality of research accomplishments to date
  2. quality of the proposed program of future research
  3. potential for a successful research career in sociology
Application deadline

The deadline to apply is March 1. The recipient(s) will be selected by the Graduate Recruitment and Evaluation Committee.


Submission Instructions
Submit all materials to the graduate secretary ( electronically as a single PDF file.