The First Five Years

The Department of History bases its offers on merit (academic record and scholarly promise) without regard for citizenship or need. All offers include tuition, a $25,000 stipend per year for five years, health insurance, and four summer stipends of $3,000, which must be used within the first five years. The dean of student in the social sciences administers these fellowships.

In the third through fifth year, a portion of the stipend comprises teaching service in the College. Many students choose to take on additional teaching positions beyond the teaching requirement. Students serve as prize lecturers and BA or MA preceptors. Students are paid for teaching and in many cases receive tuition remission.


The Research and Writing Years

Our students are extremely successful in securing fellowships from the department, the university, and outside agencies to support their later years of dissertation research and writing.

Dissertation Research

The department offers up to $6,000 for travel to archives for dissertation research. Students are eligible after completing coursework. We award grants twice a year on a competitive basis. Students may ask for $2,000 per cycle. Students travelling for the first time are given priority.

Dissertation Year

The department offers four write-up fellowships each year, which allow students to finish the dissertation in their final academic year:

  • The Harry Barnard Fellowship is awarded to one student with a preference for candidates whose field of study or research concerns American history; it provides a stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance.
  • Two T. Bentley Duncan Fellowships are awarded to students in their seveth year of study or earlier. The first gives preference, but is not restricted, to fields related to Prof. Duncan's scholarly interests (Latin America, Iberia, and the early modern Atlantic world) and the second supports dissertation work in any field of historical inquiry. The fellowships provide a stipend, tuition, and fees. They are made possible by generous bequest from the estate of T. Bentley Duncan, PhD'67, associate professor emeritus of history.
  • The Quinn Dissertation Fellowship, offered in conjunction with funding from the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, provides a stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance.
Area Center Funding
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS-Title VI)—Administers academic year (at Chicago) and summer (at Chicago or US or international institutions) grants; open to US citizens or permanent residents; contingent upon funding from the US Department of Education
  • Center for East Asian Studies—Area center for FLAS fellowships in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; travel, dissertation-research, and write-up grants
  • Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies—Area center for FLAS fellowships in Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Uzbek
  • Center for Latin American Studies—Area center for FLAS fellowships in Aymara, Guatemalan K'iche', Haitian Kreyòl, Nahuatl, Portuguese, and Yucatec Maya; teaching opportunities; travel, dissertation-research, and write-up grants
  • Center for Middle Eastern Studies—Area center for FLAS fellowships in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Uzbek; summer language travel
  • South Asia at Chicago—Area center for FLAS fellowships in Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, and Urdu; travel, dissertation-research, and write-up grants
Supplementary Funding

Research Assistantships

History students and students in other programs are welcome to apply. The Department of History sends an email requesting applications for research assistantships in late summer or early autumn. We match students and faculty as well as possible based on research interests and foreign language skills. We consider students with Federal Work-Study money first.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study gives money outright to eligible students who work at the university. As determined by government criteria, an eligible student is a US citizen or permanent resident who is generally from a family of modest means or is "independent" (not claimed as a dependent on parents' Federal income tax form). Contact the university's Student Loan Administration at (773) 702-6061 or review the program FAQs sheet with questions about the program eligibility and to apply.

Prospective and current students interested in Work-Study complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the University Application in early spring quarter. Funds are rarely available for students who miss the deadline. (There is a separate application for summer Work-Study.) The government correlates the FAFSA and University Application to determine how much a student may earn. Student Loan Administration informs students whether they qualified and places award letters on students' my.UChicago accounts. Students may apply for Work-Study without applying for Federal student loans.