Doctoral students in the Department of Art History are awarded a five-year fellowship that includes a stipend and coverage of full tuition and health insurance. Within the first five years, many students use one year or more of their fellowship time to support field research, and all students may also apply for additional research and travel funds.

The First 5 Years

The annual stipend for the art history PhD students starting the program in Autumn 2017 was $32,000 over 12 months. Please see the Humanities Division website for more information on funding packages.


Pedagogical training is a vital part of the education doctoral students receive at UChicago; accordingly, the funding package includes required teaching components paired with faculty mentorship. Art history PhD students typically serve as teaching assistants for three faculty-taught courses with the opportunity subsequently to teach one course on their own.

Dissertation Completion

After the five-year fellowship, students who have reached candidacy and are in good standing receive health insurance coverage through the seventh year, and have access to research and conference travel grants. Many students also receive a final additional year of fellowship support as they finish writing the dissertation. Such Dissertation Completion Fellowships are awarded competitively by the Humanities Division and by the Department of Art History.

Additional Funding Sources

Fellowships from public or private agencies can enhance a student’s overall financial support and applicants are encouraged to explore all funding opportunities available to them. Students enrolled in our program regularly win additional internal and external fellowships to fund dissertation research and writing beyond the Divisional funding package. The Department competitively awards many internally endowed fellowships to support students’ language study, dissertation research, and dissertation writing.

The Division of the Humanities has additional information on the types of financial support available to doctoral students.