Financial Aid for Prospective Students

Financial Aid for Prospective Students

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required to qualify for University fellowships because these fellowships are merit based, not need based. But please note that the FAFSA is required for federal student loans, the federal work-study program, and for many outside scholarships and grants.

University of Chicago Fellowships

For Master's Applicants:  A limited number of partial-tuition scholarships may be offered to applicants admitted to one and two-year master's programs. To be considered for one of these scholarships, simply indicate that you wish to be considered for aid in the Financial Data section of the online application for admission. There is no separate application form for University fellowship support. Applicants are considered for all fellowship aid available at the time of the admission decisions. An applicant's aid package will not be reconsidered after admission, even if other admitted applicants to the University of Chicago decline their fellowship award offers.

For Doctoral Applicants:  All applicants to doctoral programs are considered for financial assistance as part of the admissions process. Students admitted to doctoral study are typically awarded a five-year fellowship package that includes full tuition, an annual living stipend, and medical insurance. Teaching training is a vital part of the educational experience at the University, so all fellowships include a required teaching component. Generally, students focus on their course requirements during the first and second year and fulfill the teaching requirement during the third through fifth year in the program.

External Fellowships

Because aid is limited for students in Master's programs, and because of the prestige inherent in holding an award won in open competition, applicants for admission are encouraged to consider external fellowship opportunities. Application deadlines come throughout the year so we recommend that you investigate these options as early as possible.

You can learn more about outside fellowship opportunities through the UChicagoGRAD website. You may also want to consult other online search platforms for external fellowships, and a good introduction to these platforms is available at Some Humanities-specific fellowships are listed on the websites of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the National Endowment for the Humanities.