External Fellowships

External Fellowships

The Division of the Humanities considers support of our doctoral students essential to the success and timely completion of the degree. External fellowship awards help students with financial support during additional quarters beyond the five year Division of the Humanities fellowship period, develop grant-writing skills, and enhance their curriculum vitae for the subsequent job search.  External awards, sponsored by either a public or private agency in a national competition, confer distinction on the student. 

To encourage doctoral students to apply for external funding, those students who receive a competitively awarded external fellowship during an academic year in which they normally receive a Division of the Humanities fellowship may:  
 
(1) hold the outside award as a supplement to the Division of the Humanities fellowship up to the total combined award of the Diviison of the Humanities fellowship amount plus $5,000 (supplement);
OR
(2) defer the Division of the Humanities fellowship awarded in the admission offer for up to one year. 
 
Students must report to the Office of the Dean of Students any scholarship/fellowship received from an outside agency or organization*. The Associate Dean of Students will meet with students to determine the benefits of each option and consider the following factors: academic progress, teaching obligations, and financial implications.  
 
(1) Supplemental Fellowship Funding
Students who choose the option to supplement their Division of the Humanities fellowship with an outside award may receive funding up to a maximum of $5,000 above their standard academic year stipend. If the sum of the Division of the Humanities fellowship and all outside awards exceeds this limit, their university fellowship award will be reduced accordingly. If the external fellowship award provides partial tuition and insurance, then the Division will supplement this partial support up to the standard tuition and insurance levels provided to doctoral students. If the award does not provide any tuition and/or insurance, the Division will provide full standard doctoral tuition and insurance coverage for Division of the Humanities fellowship students.
 
(2) Deferring the Division of the Humanities Fellowship
Students may choose to defer a year of their Division of the Humanities fellowship. Deferring a year of stipend and insurance enables students to use this funding in their 6th year of study. Contact humdos@uchicago.edu.
 

Divisional Summer Stipends and External Summer Awards

Students with a 3 quarter Division of the Humanities fellowship who receive an external fellowship that is awarded explicitly for the summer term and who are eligible for a Division of the Humanities summer stipend may hold both awards concurrently. 
 
*Students who fail to report any outside funding are subject to the University's area disciplinary system.
 

Contact Us

Office of the Dean of Students
humdos@uchicago.edu
773.702.1552