Funding from U Chicago
All PhD students enrolled in the Division of the Social Sciences will be funded for the duration of their program with funding support from the University of Chicago, external sources, or a combination of the two, regardless of citizenship or other factors. Funding support includes a full-tuition scholarship, health insurance premium (for the student only), coverage of the Graduate Student Services Fee, and a living stipend. The annual stipend for the 2023 - 2024 year is $41,000.
Because of the prestige attached to holding a competitive award, students are always encouraged to explore outside funding. Information on select external awards for incoming students is below. Additional information can be found in the fellowships database at UChicagoGRAD.
Some graduate students work part time. Some work on research projects in their field; others find jobs throughout the University, from the Library to the Business School. The department, with some federal funding, sponsors an extensive work-study program for students who are financially eligible. Many others work at businesses throughout Chicago. The University's office of Career Advancement maintains extensive listings of jobs at the University and in Chicago, and administers a Graduate Intern Program that places advanced students in part-time internships with businesses and non-profit organizations.
Below are examples of some external fellowships available for prospective students:
- Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship - Diversity Fellowship
- Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships - Supports study of less-commonly taught languages and modern area studies
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) - Students pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering, broadly defined
- Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship - New Americans, immigrants, or the children of immigrants
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship - Supports Canadian students in the humanities and social sciences