The UIC Philosophy Department places a very high priority on providing support for its PhD students. Students who are admitted will be offered five years of funding (contingent on remaining in good academic standing); we have provided at least a sixth year of funding to all who needed it for many years, and we aim to continue to do so. In particular, we recognize that students whose interdisciplinary work requires a year of study in another department often require additional support.
Teaching Assistantships are by far the most common form of financial support, but each year we have a small number of students on University Fellowships, Dean Scholar Awards, and minority fellowships. All these forms of support are sponsored by the UIC Graduate College; more information about them is provided on the Incoming and Continuing Students funding page. You can also visit the Graduate College funding page.
Many applicants are understandably concerned about their ability to make ends meet as a graduate student. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions; we will answer them as best we can, and we can also put you into direct contact with current students. No one is better prepared to speak to this issue than a graduate student, and one of our own, Emily Lacy, has offered her perspective on living in Chicago on a graduate student salary. You can also contact her directly for more information.