Divinity School Scholarship Aid

The Divinity School offers a range of merit-based scholarship aid awards, spanning from partial tuition scholarships to stipendiary fellowships. All degree-seeking applicants, irrespective of citizenship, are eligible for consideration for these awards.

The Committee on Admissions and Aid awards scholarships and fellowships as part of the application review process and based upon its assessment of the applicant's general application for admission to the School. There is no separate application for Divinity School scholarship and fellowship aid.

The Divinity School seeks to provide continuing scholarship support at a level consistent with the student's academic performance and aid eligibility. The Committee on Admissions and Aid makes awards on the basis of full-time study unless otherwise specified in the admissions application (e.g., an AMRS applicant who plans to pursue the degree on a one course per quarter basis). If a student registers for a part-time course of study, the amount of the award will be proportionately reassessed at the time of registration. 

Control knobs on the Reneker organAll PhD students admitted to the Divinity School, in every area of doctoral study, receive a five-year University of Chicago Fellowship, which provides full tuition, a $24,000 living stipend, two summer research stipends of $3,000 each, and coverage for the inidividual student through the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP). (Additional coverage for spouse and/or dependents is available. See http://studenthealth.uchicago.edu for more information on spouse and dependent premium costs.) PhD students who meet degree progress benchmarks (successful completion of qualifying examinations by the end of the fourth year of residence and admission to candidacy by the end of the fifth) are eligible for up to two additional summer research stipends and continuing coverage through U-SHIP.

Admission to the Divinity School's PhD program reflects the faculty's judgment that a student shows exceptional promise for scholarship and teaching in her or his field of study.  This fellowship package from the University is intended to allow each doctoral student to place full attention on her or his course of study and research, and to make timely progress through the program.

Students who have been admitted to PhD candidacy may also pursue a variety of dissertation fellowships. These include the Divinity School's Martin Marty Center Jr. Dissertation Fellowships; the Provost, Harper, and Mellon Dissertation Fellowship awards; and other, off-campus opportunities, such as the Newcombe Fellowship.

MA students are eligible for scholarship aid for the equivalent of two years of full-time residence. The Committee on Admissions and Aid makes awards at the time of admission, and offers for the initial year automatically renew for the second year, pending satisfactory academic progress.

All admitted MA applicants who request consideration for merit-based scholarship aid are considered for the following awards, and no supplemental application form is required. Applicants need only answer "yes" to the question about scholarship aid consideration on the admissions application's Financial Data page.

1. The Divinity School Visiting Committee Fellowship is awarded to one exemplary student admitted to the MA program. The award provides full tuition plus a $12,000 stipend, and is funded by generous gifts from members of the Divinity School's Visiting Committee. The fellowship is renewable for the second year of the MA program.

2. The Regenstein Fellowship is awarded to one exemplary student admitted to the MA program with scholarly interest in the study of Judaism. The award provides full tuition plus a $12,000 stipend and is funded by a generous gift from the Regenstein family.  The award is renewable for the second year of the MA program.

3. University of Chicago Divinity School Dean's Scholarships provide full tuition for two years. A limited number of Dean's Scholarships are awarded at admission each year.

4. Divinity School Scholarships provide partial tuition awards ranging from 25% to 85% of tuition costs.

5. Title VI or FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies or FLAS) Fellowships are available for graduate study in critical languages and related area studies. Divinity School MA applicants whose programs of study will include continuing work in critical languages are encouraged to apply for these awards at admission. See UChicagoGRAD's dedicated page on FLAS fellowships for more information, and note that the Dean of Students office in the Divinity School conveys the annual FLAS competition announcement to applicants when it is available each round.

MDiv students are eligible for scholarship aid for the equivalent of three years of full-time residence. The Committee on Admissions and Aid makes awards at the time of admission, and offers for the initial year automatically renew for the second and third years, pending satisfactory academic progress.

All admitted MDiv applicants who request consideration for merit-based scholarship aid are considered for the following awards, and no supplemental application form is required. Applicants need only answer "yes" to the question about scholarship aid consideration on the admissions application's Financial Data page.

Entering Ministry Fellowships:

  1. The Schloerb Entering Ministry Fellowship is awarded to two entering M.Div. students each year, and provides full tuition plus a $4,000-$10,000 stipend for each of the degree program's three years.
  2. The Elsa Marty Entering Ministry Fellowship is awarded to an 
  3. University of Chicago Divinity School Dean's Scholarships provide full tuition for three academic years.
  4. Divinity School Scholarships provide partial tuition aid ranging from 50% to 75% of annual tuition costs.

Supplemental financial support is provided for second- and third-year MDiv students as they complete requirements for field education and field work assignments:

A. Field education stipends of $2000 per quarter are provided to all second-year MDiv students participating in the Arts of Ministry sequence while serving a local congregation.
B. Fieldwork stipends of $1,500 to support the completion of the fieldwork placement. When such placement requires a registration (e.g., for Clinical Pastoral Education), the Divinity School subsidizes such a charge up to $500.
C. The International Ministry Study Grant program provides funding for first- and second-year Master of Divinity students enrolled at the Divinity School to study an issue or aspect of ministerial practice in another cultural context. Applications are due December 1 for travel to be completed during the following summer.  For more information, contact Cynthia Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies, at clindner@uchicago.edu.

AMRS students are eligible for scholarship aid for the equivalent of one year of full-time study. The Committee on Admissions and Aid makes awards at the time of admission, and the scholarship offer renews quarterly pending satisfactory academic progress. 

All admitted AMRS applicants who request consideration for merit-based scholarship aid are considered for Divinity School Scholarships, and no supplemental application form is required. Applicants need only answer "yes" to the question about scholarship aid consideration on the admissions application's Financial Data page.

Divinity School Scholarships provide partial tuition coverage ranging from 25% to 75% of quarterly tuition costs for a one-, two-, or three-course registration.