Funding and Fellowships

Funding Aid in the First Six Years

Doctoral students in the Department of English Language and Literature are awarded a six-year fellowship that includes a living stipend, full tuition, a research account, and health insurance coverage. Students may also apply for research and travel funds.

Funding Aid in the Dissertation Stage

After the six-year Division of the Humanities fellowship, doctoral students receive tuition aid, health insurance coverage, and have access to research and conference travel grants. Most students fund their sixth year through divisional, departmental, or external fellowships and teaching.

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.

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.

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.