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A Holistic Plan of Support

Commencing in summer 2020, doctoral students who matriculate in Classics will be fully supported by the University—with tuition, annual stipend, and individual health insurance—for as long as they remain in good standing, up to the University’s limit on registration. This guarantee of funding throughout one’s graduate career is an expression of the University’s and the Department’s commitment to the training and research of all its doctoral students. The funding level for stipends in 2020-2021 is $32,000 (subject to relevant taxes); stipend levels for the coming year are announced in Winter Quarter.

Further information on the funding package may be found on the website of the Division of Humanities.

Pedagogical Training

Doctoral students in Classics receive instruction in language pedagogy as well as the teaching of courses in translation, from resources within the Department as well as Chicago Language Center and the Chicago Center for Teaching. During their graduate career, students train as teachers in the first-year language curriculum in Greek or Latin; in the second-year language curriculum in the other language; and in one course on classical material taught in translation. Details regarding both training and teaching opportunities may be found in the Department’s Pedagogical Training Plan.

Additional Support at the Dissertation Stage

The Division of Humanities has offers a number of competitive Dissertation Completion Fellowships for students who make particularly good progress through the program.

Additional Funding Sources

Fellowships from public or private agencies can enhance a student’s overall financial support. Applicants are encouraged to explore all available funding opportunities. The Division of the Humanities provides initial information on searching for external funding sources.

Fellowships and Travel Funding

Internal Fellowships

There are three internal fellowships available in the Department of Classics.

Ephron Research Scholarship

Research-related expenses 
For advanced students, to cover shortfalls in funding

Application Instructions

Daniel Shorey Fellowship Travel abroad for study or research Application Instructions
Boyer Fellowship Travel abroad for research Application Instructions


External Fellowships

There are also a number of external fellowships and travel grants available to our students.

The Division of the Humanities provides grants and fellowships to graduate students. Students who intend to attend or participate in a conference or to travel for research in the United States or abroad should consider first the many options offered by the Division.

We especially encourage our students to apply for the following Divisional fellowship:

Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship

Travel abroad to study the art and archaeology of the Greek and Roman worlds 
Travel to conferences or exhibitions related to the art and archaeology of the Greek and Roman worlds

Application Instructions

Students in the Department who apply for a Ryerson Fellowship should also send a copy of the application to the Administrative Assistant of the Department. These students are also eligible to apply for the Boyer Fellowship.

The Graduate Council offers grants from the Graduate Council Travel Fund to subsidise the cost of transportation and conference registration fees for students attending academic conferences and professional meetings. Each student is eligible to receive a grant from this fund once every three years.

UChicagoGRAD maintains a database of available internal and external fellowships for students across the University.