The University of Chicago, in pursuit of knowledge creation and dissemination at its most rigorous levels, trains graduate students committed to pushing the boundaries of what is known and who are determined to find compelling ways to apply original thinking to fundamental problems. Such high-performance, high-impact doctoral students embody the University’s mission to pursue inquiry and impact at its highest levels.
A new $25 million gift from the Neubauer Family Foundation, the largest in the University’s history for PhD education, will provide enhanced resources to recruit PhD students in the divisions of the Humanities, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. Stipends will enable top students to choose an academic destination based on intellectual, rather than financial considerations. In addition, the gift will strengthen programs and support to enhance students’ professional skills, preparing them to become next-generation leaders in a broad range of careers.
“The most direct way to change the world for the better is to invest in human capital,” said Joseph Neubauer, MBA’65, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. “This gift is intended to enable the University of Chicago to recruit top academic talent at the PhD level—future change agents who will graduate with both knowledge and purpose, intent on effecting substantive, lasting, positive improvement in their chosen fields.”
“The University of Chicago never stops probing for opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge creation. In many places, there is an artificial divide between the utility of insights gained from the study of math and the physical sciences and those garnered from the humanistic and social sciences,” said Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer. “The University of Chicago is focused on complex problem-solving. Scientific knowledge helps with the ‘how.’ The humanities define the ‘why.’ Graduate students at the University are challenged by multiple perspectives and strengthened by their ability to use them.”