For tuition and fees, see here. All enrolled PhD students are funded for up to nine years in the program, provided they remain in good standing. Funding includes full tuition coverage, paid health insurance premiums, and a stipend, which for the current year (2019-20) is $31,000.
The University of Chicago’s financial aid program is designed to help students plan for the expenses of graduate education. In distributing aid each year, the University presumes that fellowships will be renewed for students who have demonstrated strong performance. For additional support during the first years of graduate study, students are strongly encouraged to apply for non-University fellowships, including National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and Ford Foundation Fellowships. Some international students may be eligible for graduate scholarships from their own countries, and should apply for these. Many students also receive Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Title VI Fellowships to study in East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe, or South Asia. For more detailed information on fellowships and grants from external sources, consult the Fellowship Directories on this website.
The Anthropology Department keeps regularly updated directories of sources of funding for all levels of graduate study: Pre-Field, Field Work, Dissertation Write-up, and announcements of fellowship opportunities are regularly circulated on the Departmental e-mail network. The Department also maintains a reference collection of successful grant/fellowship application proposals in Haskell 119. It is the responsibility of each student to initiate applications for financial support.
Other Student Employment. Students seeking part-time non-academic employment in the University, but outside the Department, should see the Career Advancement Office (Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street). There are occasionally jobs within the Department itself which may be applied for through the Administrator for Faculty Affairs (Haskell 112), who may also know of Department faculty who are seeking research assistance. The Federal Work-Study Program has its own office and procedures; information may be obtained from the Social Science Dean of Students Office (Foster 107).
Loan Sources. Students should ask at the Social Science Dean of Students Office (Foster 107) about various sources of guaranteed loans, and may wish to consider using these for partial financing of costs. In the event of an emergency, the Department can sometimes make available a small, short-term, interest-free loan.
Student loan programs, underwritten by the federal government, have long been important sources of student support. The University of Chicago currently participates in several major loan programs, all of which are restricted by law to U.S. citizens and permanent residents with demonstrated financial need. (For more information, visit the Student Loan Administration Office website.)