Funding and Fellowships

Funding Aid

Incoming doctoral students receive a comprehensive 6-year funding package to support them in their scholarly and pedagogical training and are eligible to be registered for up to 8 years. The 6-year funding package includes:

  • An academic year stipend (and teaching remuneration)
  • 5 summer stipends
  • Full tuition aid
  • Health insurance premium aid

Renewal of this award is contingent on satisfactory academic progress. Students are expected to reach candidacy by the start of year 6 to remain in the program. Those students who remain registered in year 7 and/or 8 receive continued financial support, which includes:

  • Full tuition aid
  • Health insurance premium aid

Additional fellowships and awards are available to support language study, conference travel, and research travel.

Additional Funding Sources

Fellowships from public or private agencies can enhance a student’s overall financial support and applicants are encouraged to explore all funding opportunities available to them.
The Division of the Humanities has additional information on the types of financial support available to doctoral students. There are also a number of external fellowships that support dissertation research.

UChicagoGRAD, a University program designed to help students at all levels of graduate work, maintains a fellowship database and offers one-on-one and group advising and fellowship application editing.

Travel Grants

Students can also apply for departmental and divisional travel grants designed to defray the costs of dissertation research and presenting conference papers. These include the Marcia Tillotson Travel Award, the English Donors Summer Research Award, the Division of the Humanities Conference Grant, and the Division of the Humanities Dissertation Research Travel Grant. Graduate students can also apply to the Nicholson Center for British Studies on campus for travel and research grants. For more information about divisional funding and fellowships, please contact the Associate Dean of Students in the Division of Humanities.