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. However, 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. All applicants are considered for aid as part of the application review process. There is no separate application form for University fellowship support. 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:  PhD students who matriculate in Summer 2020 and after will be guaranteed to have funding support from the University of Chicago, external sources, or a combination of the two for the duration of their program to include the following:

  • Full tuition coverage
  • Annual stipend
  • Fully paid individual annual premiums for UChicago's student health insurance (U-SHIP, the University Student Health Insurance Plan)
  • Student Services Fee 

Some students may also be eligible for additional fellowships via their department including Neubauer fellowships, which offer additional funding per year over six years. The number of fellowships available is limited and decided on at the time of admission. 

The goal of the University’s commitment to ensuring that students are supported is to allow students to prioritize their studies and prepare for rewarding careers. Funding is contingent on remaining in good academic standing and making progress toward completing degree requirements.

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.


Thank you for your interest in graduate study in the Division of the Humanities.

The application for Autumn 2024 is currently closed. 

The application for Autumn 2025 will open in the fall. 

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