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:  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 six-year fellowship that includes full tuition, a stipend, and health insurance. Students who remain enrolled in years 7 and 8 are eligible to receive financial support for tuition and health insurance. Pedagogical training is a vital part of the educational experience at the University and all fellowships include a required teaching component. Each department has a pedagogical training plan which includes a progression in teaching experiences that are supported by pedagogical training and informed by learning goals. Generally, students focus on their course requirements during the first and second year and fulfill the teaching requirement during the third through sixth 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.


December 15, 2019
All PhD programs, MFA in Visual Arts

January 6, 2020 (Round 1)
MA program in Digital Studies, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH), MA program in Middle Eastern Studies

April 30, 2020 (Round 2)
MA program in Digital Studies, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH), MA program in Middle Eastern Studies

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