Child Care Stipend Application

The University of Chicago offers need-based, annual child care stipends in the amount of $2,000 (disbursed quarterly in $500 increments) to eligible PhD student applicants. While not covering the bulk of child care expenses, these stipends are intended to help alleviate some of the financial hardship our student parents face while allowing them flexibility to tailor child care to their needs. Priority will be given to eligible applicants with the greatest need. 

Application Process

Students may apply once per academic year, beginning summer quarter and, if awarded, stipends will renew each quarter contingent upon student eligibility. Students who do not submit complete applications by the summer deadline may apply in subsequent quarters to receive a prorated stipend for the remainder of the academic year. Application deadlines are 5:00 p.m CST the first Friday of each quarter: June 23, 2017, September 29, 2017, January 5, 2018, and March 30, 2018. Incomplete applications and applications received after the 5:00 p.m. deadline will not be considered until the following deadline. Applicants are expected to provide information that is true, complete, and given in good faith. Students must apply annually and receiving the stipend in a previous academic year does not guarantee future support.

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One application per family will be considered, and students of any citizenship may apply. Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria below may apply, but applicants with the greatest need will be given preference. Students must apply annually and receiving the stipend previously does not guarantee future support. Child Care Stipend applicants must:

  • Have dependent child(ren) born on or after July 1, 2007;
  • Be registered in the quarter in which you receive the stipend, as a full-time UChicago PhD student in good academic standing;
  • Be in good academic standing; and
  • Hold valid visa and be eligible to receive income at the time of award (if applicable).

For security reasons we cannot accept applications via e-mail. Submit completed applications and materials via hard copy or fax (773.702.1194) to:

Lizanne Phalen
Family Resource Center
950 E. 61st St.
Chicago, IL  60637

Applications must be received by the deadline at 5:00 p.m. Incomplete applications and applications received after the 5:00 p.m. deadline will not be considered. Applicants who falsify any information or supporting documentation will be required to pay back the stipend in full, will be deemed ineligible for future stipend awards, and will be referred for area disciplinary action.

Information for Awardees

Stipend payments are taxable to the recipient, and depending on the student's immigration status, the University may have a legal obligation to withhold income taxes from the payment and report it. Recipients should consult a tax advisor for an understanding of their reporting obligations to the IRS. In order to receive the stipend, domestic students may be asked to provide copies of the Form W-9 and foreign students may be asked to provide copies of Form W-8, Form UPP-192, I-94 cards, and Form DS-2019. Child care stipends may also affect student loan borrowing eligibility, and awardees should consult Student Loan Administration with questions related to student loans. Stipend recipients who do not provide appropriate documentation when requested will forfeit their awards.


Contact Lizanne Phalen with questions.