Internal Fellowships

Internal Fellowships

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships

December 14, 2018

Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowships

February 1, 2019

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Application deadline

February 11, 2019

Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship
Nomination deadline*

April 4, 2019*

Humanities Division Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Nomination deadline*

April 4, 2019*

Dissertation Research Travel Awards
Application deadline

April 15, 2019

*These competitions require nomination by the department. Departments set earlier internal application deadlines in order to nominate. Please check with your department for more information.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships

Terms: The fellowships cover the cost of tuition and will provide a stipend of $18,000 in 2019-2020. Awards are renewable and can fund students for a maximum of three years, although fellows must request renewal funds for each subsequent year.

Eligibility: Graduate students who have outstanding undergraduate records, can demonstrate financial need, and are U.S. citizens.

Application: Departments are invited to submit one nominee per department to the Dean of Students office. They will be forwarded to an internal selection committee, which will consider the applications from across the campus and select three for recommendation to the Liebmann Fund in New York. Students who wish to be nominated should contact their departments for more information.

Deadline: Departmental nominations are due in the Dean of Students office by Friday, December 14, 2018.

Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship 

Each year, the College provides up to five Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowships. At a minimum, teaching Fellows will receive the standard College lectureship rate ($5,000) for the individual undergraduate course they will teach in the College. This fellowship is for one quarter only. Recipients of these fellowships may not defer the fellowships to a later year.

Stuart Tave Teaching Fellows teach one undergraduate course of their own design in their home department. This course can be taught in any of the three regular quarters of the academic year, depending on their department’s wishes. Courses are to be designed by the graduate students, and they should reflect their intellectual interests. However, the intent of this fellowship is to provide engaging and interesting courses for undergraduates—courses that are suitable for the department’s undergraduate curriculum as well as having a broader appeal. Course proposals that too closely mirror the dissertation research of applicants are often not suitable for undergraduate courses. Examples of past Tave syllabi are SPAN 23013 and ENGL 25925.

Graduate students must be ABD by January 31 of the academic year prior to the year in which their course is offered, and each student must submit an electronic copy of their dissertation proposal as part of their application. Decisions by the Stuart Tave Selection Committee are made in late February. The deadline for students to submit their applications to the Humanities Collegiate Division is February 1, 2019.
Decisions by the Stuart Tave Selection Committee are made in late February. Questions regarding the Stuart Tave Fellowship should be addressed to Hannah Stark at

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships are for Ph.D. students in their first five years or two-year M.A. students in their second years who must study certain languages for their programs. In 2018-2019, the University will be accepting applications for languages in three world areas: East Europe, Middle East, and East Asia. The FLAS program provides funding for study on campus during the academic year and on campus or elsewhere (domestic or abroad) during the summer.

Humanities CMES, MAPH TLO, LACS, and doctoral students who will register for qualifying language courses in the year of the fellowship are strongly encouraged to apply for an Academic Year FLAS. Students receiving no stipend in the fellowship year who are awarded a FLAS will receive a $15,000 stipend, tuition aid (amount dependent on their program), and student life fee coverage. Students receiving a stipend/teaching renumeration combination in the fellowship year will receive, in addition to their University of Chicago fellowship, a $3,000 stipend and student life fee coverage.

Summer award benefits for all students: $2,500 stipend and up to $5,000 in tuition for study off campus.

Applications & Additional Information: Available on the UChicagoGRAD website
Contact for Advising: Sarah Mehta, UChicagoGRAD (

Questions about FLAS funding for Humanities students should be directed here.

Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship

This award, established in 2005-2006, is made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is designated to support our very best graduate students in the final years of their graduate program at the University. The grant is made in honor of Mrs. Gray and is given in recognition of her dedicated efforts to improve and sustain graduate education at the University and beyond and of her own notable achievements as a scholar. One fellowship will be awarded each year in the Humanities Division and one in the Social Sciences Division with the latter selected from the humanistic Social Sciences departments. Each department may nominate one student who is currently in the fourth year of study. Departments set internal deadlines and procedures for consideration. Interested students should contact their departments for internal deadlines and procedures. Announcements of the winners will be made in mid-May. Each application must include:

1. An essay (eight to ten pages, double spaced) on the topic proposed for the dissertation.
2. At least two letters of recommendation—a departmental letter from the chair or director of graduate studies, as appropriate, and a second letter from a University of Chicago professor who has taught the nominated student and can write in support of the dissertation topic.
3. A curriculum vitae (CV).
4. Transcripts which will be provided by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Applicants do not have to be admitted to candidacy at the time of nomination; however, admission to candidacy is a requirement to start the award. To hold the award, a nominee must be admitted to candidacy by the end of Summer Quarter of the fourth year. If the student does not meet this requirement, the fellowship will be awarded to an alternate. The term of the fellowship will be for two years, pending satisfactory progress. To qualify for renewal, a fellowship holder must submit a progress report and schedule for completion of the degree. The Gray award will replace the student's current University aid package for the fifth year. Gray Fellows must complete their pedagogical teaching requirements. Other employment, either at the University or off-campus, will not be permitted. As this fellowship is treated as a unique two year dissertation completition fellowship, recipients of the second year of the Gray Fellowship who do not graduate by the end of spring quarter of the following year are ineligible for further internal University funding from any source, with the single exception of conference travel reimbursement. Please be aware that this means the student will not be eligible for out-of-pocket tuition aid as otherwise awarded in the quarters in which students teach. 


Humanities Division Dissertation Completion Fellowships

The Division of the Humanities is able to award around 22 dissertation completion fellowships (commonly referred to as DCFs) to doctoral students who are sufficiently advanced in the writing of their dissertation that they are expected to complete the dissertation. These fellowships (Franke, Harper, Mellon, Provost, etc) recognize the student’s academic achievement and enable the student to devote full attention and effort towards completing the dissertation by the end of the spring 2020 quarter.

When a dissertation director nominates a student for this fellowship, the director thereby indicates that the student is expected to complete the dissertation by spring 2020. Although it certainly is not possible to predict the exact date of completion, these fellowships are intended to benefit those students who can commit themselves to finishing that year.

Fellowships will be awarded for the academic year (autumn, winter, and spring quarters) and provide tuition, the required student life fee, University student health insurance if elected, and a stipend.  The terms of the fellowship prohibit students from engaging in any remunerative activity during the period of the fellowship.  The sole exception to this prohibition is that, if permitted by the funding agency, fellows may undertake a modest teaching assignment in the spring 2020 quarter when it is clear from the fellow’s progress on the dissertation that teaching will not delay completion of the degree. 

Some fellowships may only be held by students up to and including the sixth year in their program; others may only be held by students up to and including the seventh year; the few other dissertation year fellowships may be held by students up to and including the eighth year of their program.

The following terms and conditions apply for all dissertation completion fellowships:
1. Without exception, students must have been admitted to candidacy before they can apply for these fellowships.
2. Students who have held or currently hold any dissertation year fellowship (whatever the title of the fellowship: dissertation write-up, completion, etc.) from any internal or external sources are not eligible for consideration.
3. Students pursuing a joint degree program should submit their application through the home department only.

Students are nominated to the competition by their home departments.  Nominations are made in a letter from the department chair, in which the chair (a) declares that the candidate has been nominated by the entire faculty of the department and (b) declares that in the best estimation of the faculty of the department, the student is fully prepared to complete the dissertation by the end of the spring 2020 quarter. To bolster the latter point, the chair may include such supporting information as the student’s prior accomplishments, outside professional achievements, or other reasons to expect the student to complete within the time predicted. If a department nominates more than one student, the chair’s nomination letter must include a ranking of the candidates.

Application Process: Students who have been nominated by their department will submit their final application materials through SLATE. Department administrators will upload faculty recommendation letters to SLATE.


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