The University of Chicago offers most doctoral students competitive funding packages, which cover tuition and student health insurance, as well as a stipend for living expenses and research support. These awards are typically for five years, with some variation by field, comparable to that at other institutions. Programs which are exceptions articulate their policies clearly on their own web sites. Because the cost of living in Chicago is notably lower than in many other major cities, our stipends allow for a comfortable lifestyle. For more information about specific funding for your degree program, please refer to the financial aid information for the programs you intend to apply to.
For some students, the nature of their project is such that it takes more than five years to complete the degree. In these cases, a wealth of additional opportunities are available, including continued funding by a research group; fellowships which support language study, travel, or dissertation research; and on- and off-campus positions teaching or exploring other career paths.
UChicago students are among the leading recipients of competitive external funding – in fact, our graduate students have received more Fulbright–Hays dissertation awards than those from any other institution. Most divisions and schools, as well as many individual programs and departments, maintain lists of fellowships and other funding sources relevant to students in their fields. In addition to these tailored resources, UChicagoGRAD provides information on a wide range of fellowship opportunities and support throughout the fellowship process.
Academic & Career Development
UChicagoGRAD supports graduate and professional students by providing information and advice on funding opportunities and student resources. Explore instructional videos, sample essays, and informational databases. We also offer one-on-one counseling and assistance with applying for various fellowships.
A robust listing of fellowships, including opportunities for students in specific fields, international students, and students of color, can be found in our online database.
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA)
In addition to the list of fellowships available for students of color and underrepresented minorities available here, there are other resources available as well. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) supports the academic success of students of color at the University of Chicago and works to build an inclusive campus community. OMSA offers grants and funding, as well as career and professional resources.
During their time at UChicago, students can find a variety of employment opportunities that support and complement their education without interfering with their studies. On- and off-campus internships such as the Higher Education Interns program offer students an opportunity to explore options and gain skills, and several services help connect students to these positions or directly employ students.
Student Jobs Database
This site, which requires a UChicago CNet ID to access fully, lists a wide range of jobs for current students, including teaching and assistantship opportunities.
This university-specific site is similar to Craig’s List, with postings for jobs in addition to a wide array of other offerings.
Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP)
NSP employs work-study and some non-work-study students in area schools and community organizations as teaching assistants and tutors, technology assistants, and more.
University Community Service Center (UCSC)
UCSC facilitates off-campus work-study jobs with Chicago area nonprofit organizations focusing on research, community outreach, communications, direct service with children, and more.
University of Chicago Medicine Employment
A database of full- and part-time administrative and clerical positions at the on-campus medical center.
Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT)
The CCT offers workshops, seminars, and consultation to hone your teaching skills, as well as employing current graduate students, and may have information on local institutions seeking instructors.
Employment Information for International Students
The Office of International Affairs (OIA) maintains information on the forms and requirements for international students with F-1 or J-1 status who seek employment in the United States.
Loan programs augment any other aid students have received from the University and from outside funding sources. Find details of all loan programs and application instructions on the Office of Financial Aid website. In order to apply for student loans through the University, you will need your University ID (“CNet ID”), and to complete the FAFSA after January 1.
Educational Benefits for Veterans
The University of Chicago welcomes veterans and their dependents to our community. The University’s Veterans Services, through the Office of the Registrar, helps veteran students or eligible dependents obtain educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill
Commonly known as The Yellow Ribbon Program, this initiative provides funding for post-9/11 servicemen and women to attend the University, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Yellow Ribbon applicants must be admitted and have confirmed their intent to enroll into an academic program before submitting a Yellow Ribbon application to the University of Chicago, and acceptance in the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis, although most programs do not limit the number of participants. Specialist advisers in the Office of the Registrar assist individuals who need enrollment certification sent to the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration.