FAQ- Financial Aid

Is there a separate scholarship application for Master’s students? 

The Divinity School does not have a separate scholarship application. All masters applicants are automatically considered for scholarship awards. All Divinity School scholarships are awarded based solely on academic merit as indicated by the strength of the admission application materials. The Divinity School does not offer any need-based scholarships. Scholarship notifications are made at the time of the admission decision. Scholarships range from partial tuition to full tuition awards.  

I’ve received my Divinity School scholarship aid award letter, but when will I receive notification about my federal aid eligibility? 

Eligible students can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online beginning in October of the application year. The University’s institutional code for the FAFSA is 001774. The Graduate Financial Aid Office will process your FAFSA and determine your eligibility for federal student loans and work-study eligibility. You will be able to see your federal aid eligibility or documents needed online through your my.UChicago portal.  

Where can I go to learn more about external sources of graduate school funding?

Visit UChicagoGRAD’s Fellowships Database. You should be applying for external scholarships and fellowships before or at the same time you are applying for admission to the School. Most deadlines are in the summer and fall of the application year. 

Does the University of Chicago Divinity School offer scholarship funding for doctoral students?

All students admitted to the PhD program receive a funding package that includes full tuition coverage, health insurance coverage for the student through the University Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP), and a $27,000 living stipend for five years. Divinity PhD students are also eligible for up to four summer research stipends in the amount of $3,000 during the first-five years. After year 5, tuition assistance is extended to degree completion, contingent on satisfactory degree progress. Students admitted to candidacy by the end of their fifth year are also eligible for continuing U-SHIP coverage in their sixth and seventh years.

Are doctoral students required to render service to the University?

Students in the PhD program are expected to accrue five (5) teaching points during the first five (5) years of doctoral residence. The various kinds of teaching appointments have differential point values:

  • Lectureships (positions where students have primary responsibility for a course, usually in the undergraduate College) earn two points per course
  • Teaching Assistants earn one point per course
  • Writing Interns in the College Humanities Core earn one point per section 

What would I do for funding after my fifth year of PhD study?

Beyond the fifth year, students compete for a range of School, University, and national dissertation completion fellowships. As an example, the Divinity School’s Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion hosts an annual dissertation fellowship competition. Current profiles of Marty Center Fellows can be viewed here. Many students also work part-time, often as lecturers in the University or as adjunct lecturers at area colleges and universities. 

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