Doctoral students in the Department of Germanic Studies are awarded a fellowship that includes a stipend and coverage of full tuition and health insurance. Additional fellowships and awards are available to support language study, conference attendance, and research travel.

Brigitte Riesebrodt, "Oxydation Pelander 2" (2004) oil and wax on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Brigitte Riesebrodt, "Oxydation Pelander 2" (2004) oil and wax on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Funding Support

PhD students who matriculate in Summer 2020 and after will be guaranteed to have funding support from the University of Chicago, external sources, or a combination of the two for the duration of their program to include the following:

  • Full tuition coverage
  • Annual stipend
  • Fully paid individual annual premiums for UChicago's student health insurance (U-SHIP, the University Student Health Insurance Plan)

The goal of the University’s commitment to ensuring that students are supported is to allow students to prioritize their studies and prepare for rewarding careers. Funding is contingent on remaining in good academic standing and making progress toward completing degree requirements.

Fellowships and Grants

Germanics strongly supports students applying for additional external and internal fellowships and grants. In recent years our students have received support from the following sources:

  • Mellon Foundation–University of Chicago Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Provost’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Fulbright-Hays DDRA (Doctoral Dissertation Research Award)
  • Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship
  • Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship

All students are encouraged to take advantage of the fellowship support resources available through UChicagoGrad. In addition to helping with research statements and CVs, UChicagoGrad manages many external fellowship programs, including the Fulbright programs, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), and DAAD grants, among others. They maintain an extensive fellowships database, and are available for individual meetings with students. 

The Division of the Humanities administers a number of internal fellowships.

Conference Travel Funding

The Department is committed to supporting graduate-student participation in professional conferences. Students are expected to apply for available Divisional support for travel to conferences. Once these funds are exhausted, students may request additional Departmental funding for lodging and conference fees, or additional travel costs up to a limited amount. To request this funding, please contact the Department Administrator.