Initiative to Support Students, Scholars and Artists Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

In light of the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and María, the University of Chicago announces a series of initiatives to support members of the academic and artistic community of Puerto Rico who have been severely affected or displaced. This initiative aims to provide relief to students, scholars, and artists by allowing them to continue their work at our institution in spring of 2018.

Doctoral student program

The University of Puerto Rico Graduate Student Program invites students in graduate programs in Puerto Rico to continue their dissertation research at UChicago for the 2018 Spring Quarter (March 26 to June 9, 2018) as a non-degree visiting student.  The University of Chicago will provide: tuition, lodging, a meal plan, health insurance, a small living stipend, local transportation and roundtrip airfare. Those selected will partner with a member of UChicago’s faculty whose area of research has a similar focus to support their work over the Spring Quarter. Students will also be provided a working space (either a carrel in the library or in a laboratory) and general library facilities. Candidates should be formally affiliated with a college or university in Puerto Rico.

For information on opportunities under this program for undergraduate students, artists, and scholars, please consult the Provost’s Office website.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2018.

Currently participating graduate units

Application Requirements

Interested students may apply using the Non-Degree Visiting Student (NDVS) application for the unit most closely aligned to their research. In addition to the data collected on the NDVS application, you should submit:

  • A three-page description of the dissertation project indicating the nature of the resources to be used while at the University of Chicago.
  • A one-page statement on your understanding of the role you may play in the reconstruction of Puerto Rico upon returning.
  • An official transcript from the UPR. If your official transcript is not available, please submit an unofficial one.
  • A letter of recommendation from the dissertation supervisor at your home institution. (Your supervisor may email this to us directly at if they prefer.)
  • Your curriculum vitae.

Application Instructions

  1. Locate the University of Chicago graduate program that best matches your research or area of interest. Participating units include the Division of the Humanities, Division of the Social Sciences, Division of the Biological Sciences, Division of the Physical Sciences, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, and the Harris School of Public Policy. If you need assistance identifying the appropriate host program, contact
  2. Visit the UChicagoGRAD Apply Page and click ‘Application’ under the unit to which you wish to apply (links are also at the bottom of this page).
  3. Select ‘First-time User’ to create an account in order to begin a new Application.
  4. Under application type, choose ‘Non-Degree Visiting Student’ from the dropdown menu.
  5. Each NDVS application varies slightly, but they will not prompt you to submit certain materials that are required for this particular program. To submit these materials, you will need to email them directly to with your full name, academic unit you are applying to, and the reference number of your online application.
  6.  The application will ask for the name and email of your confirmed faculty host. Please enter “Graduate Admissions” and the email address in this space.

Please contact with any questions or technical issues about the University of Puerto Rico Graduate Student Program.

Links to Applications