External Scholarship Aid

The Divinity School encourages all students, entering and continuing, to seek out ancillary funding resources in support of their graduate studies.

A good starting point for identifying fellowships and scholarships for which you are eligible to apply is UChicagoGRAD's Fellowships portal, which includes a keyword searchable Fellowships Database, information about UChicagoGRAD's fellowship advising and application support programs, and a registration page for their Fellowships Digest newsletter. 

Browse the tabbed boxes and content blocks below for information on the fellowships for which Divinity School students most commonly apply. 

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowships support women doctoral students in their final year of study. Fellowships are $20,000.

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality Dissertation Fellowship awards tuiton, fees, health insurance, and a $23,000 stipend to one or more students in the advanced writing stage of the dissertation whose research focuses on gender and sexuality.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC) Dissertation Fellowship supports the final year of doctoral study whose research involves the study of race and ethnicity. The fellowship provides advanced residence tuition, fees, health insurance, office space, a $21,000 living stipend, and a $1,000 research budget.

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies Dissertation Year Fellowship provides tuition, fees, and a $23,000 living stipend to one or more students in support of the final year of doctoral studies.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships support the last full year of research and writing for outstanding doctoral students whose dissertations focus on ethical or religious values and the way those values govern the choices made by people and societies.

The Danforth Center at Washington University Dissertation Completion Fellowship in Religion and Politics provides a $28,000 living stipend and some relocation support to a student who will complete the dissertation in the fellowship year and whose research is centrally concerned with historical or contemporary topics in the religious and political experience of the United States. Fellows must be in residence in the Danforth Center during the fellowship term and support its community life and work.

The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports emerging scholars studying subjects related to religion/faith and philanthropy/giving in a variety of academic fields. The annual stipend totals $22,000.

The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion Junior (Dissertation) Fellowship program supports students in the writing stage of the dissertation. 

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships support doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences in their final year of PhD study. Awards include a $30,000 stipend plus additional funds for research and University fees. 

The Toyota Dissertation Fellowship in Japanese Studies provides up to $18,000 plus fees over the course of one academic year. This fellowship provides funds for a year of dissertation research or writing on a topic relating to Japanese studies.

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.

The AAHD Frederick J. Krause on Health and Disability Scholarship provides financial support, up to $1,000, to a student with a disability who is pursuing studies related to health and disability. 

The AG Bell College Scholarship Program sponsors a scholarship competition for full-time graduate students (master's and doctoral) who have a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range. Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000.

Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Educational Advancement Foundation Graduate Scholarships provide awards of $1,000 to $3,000 to students who excel academincally and demonstrate community service and involvement.

American Indian Graduate Center Graduate Fellowships provide financial support to graduate students with demonstrable financial need who are enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or can provide documentation of descent as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC). Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per academic year. 

The Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois program supports master's and doctoral students for up to four years. Illinois residents who are African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander are eligible to apply. Award recipients must agree actively to seek and, if offered, to accept employment with a postsecondary educational institution in Illinois for a term equal to the term of scholarship support.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are available on a competitive basis to US citizens, nationals, permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Both predoctoral and dissertation fellowships are available to support graduate research in the behavioral and social sciences, the humanities (including religious studies), and certain other fields.

The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), offers several fellowship programs of interest to both ministry (MDiv) and doctoral (PhD) students.

Point Foundation Scholarships provide ancillary financial support to students who are LGBTQ identified, have a record of community leadership and involvement, and can demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is $10,000/year for up to four years.

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Dissertation Program provide dissertation-year support to PhD students who participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program. The dissertation grant is $20,000 for up to a 12-month period.


Residential Dissertation-Year Diversity Fellowships

As part of a widely-shared commitment to diversifying higher education faculty, many institutions sponsor residential dissertation-year fellowships for doctoral candidates from traditionally underrepresented populations who are in the final stages of their degree programs. The following institutions host dissertation-year diversity fellows:

Dartmouth College

Kenyon College

Marquette University

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Middle Tennessee State University

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)

Phillips Exeter Academy

Trinity College

University of Hartford

University of Pennsylvania

University of San Francisco

Western Illinois University

Williams College

National Resource (Title VI or FLAS) Fellowships are available for graduate study in critical languages and related area studies. Only US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents may apply. Applications are available from the Divinity School Dean of Students office in early Winter Quarter. Entering master's and doctoral students in the Divinity School are eligible to apply; the Divinity School will communicate application procedures and deadlines to applicants who are in the process of applying to the School. 

Disciples Divinity House offers tuition and housing support and an annual living stipend for qualified members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who are pursuing the MDiv, MA, or PhD degrees at the Divinity School. These scholarships are renewable annually through the time normally required for obtaining the degree.

Conference Travel Support

Divinity School students presenting at an academic conference may apply for the following grants, which offset travel costs

  1. The Perrin Fund: Grants of $200 for domestic conferences, and $300 for international conferences, are available. Students may receive up to two grants per academic year. For more information, contact the Divinity School Dean of Students.
  2. The UChicagoGRAD Travel Fund: Master's and doctoral students can apply for funds in support of travel to professional academic conferences at which they will be making a presentation. The maximum award for domestic travel is $500; the maximum award for international travel is $750.
International Students

In addition to UChicagoGRAD's Fellowships Database, a good general financial aid resource for international applicants and current international students is Education USA's information page on financing graduate study in the United States. Education USA likewise maintains fellowships listings. Additionally, prospective and current international students may be eligible for the following awards:

  1. The Fulbright Program: The Fulbright program supports graduate study in the United States for citizens of nations throughout the world. Follow the link to see program details by country.
  2. Alumni Club of Italy Fellowship: The University of Chicago Alumni Club of Italy sponsors an annual fellowship competition for Italian citizens enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program at the University. The award amount is $8,000.
  3. American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship: AAUW International Fellowships provide support for graduate study in the US to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents. Award amounts range from $18,000 to $30,000 and are renewable for up to two years of study.
  4. Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD; German Academic Exchange Program): German citizens are eligible to apply for a range of scholarships and fellowships for study in the United States. 
  5. Korean American Scholarship Foundation: The Midwestern Regional Chapter of the Korean American Scholarship Foundation awards grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to students with Korean heritage, irrespective of citizenship, with demonstrable financial need. 
  6. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): Canadian citizens pursuing doctoral studies in the United States are eligible to apply for SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships, which support one to four years of doctoral research with an annual award amount of $20,000.