The UIC Philosophy Department places a very high priority on providing support for its Ph.D. students. We aim at providing five years of support for all Ph.D. students who (a) enter with a bachelors degree, (b) enter with financial support, and (c) continue to make satisfactory progress. We try to provide a sixth year of support for students whose interdisciplinary work requires an extra year of study in another department. For very many years we have been able to reach these goals. 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 below.
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 can also put you direct contact with graduate students. No one is better prepared to speak to this issue than a graduate student, and one of our current graduate students, Robert English, has offered his perspective on living in Chicago on a graduate student salary. You can also contact him directly for more information.
Most UIC philosophy graduate students are funded in this way. Teaching Assistants (TA's) typically lead discussion sections, grade written work and otherwise aid course instructors. More advanced graduate students may be offered the opportunity to teach their own courses. For the academic year beginning Fall 2015 the stipend will be $17,267.67 (for fall and spring semesters), plus a waiver of tuition, the service fee, and the academic facilities maintenance fund assessment. Teaching Assistants are represented by a union, and a new contract is being negotiated for the fall term.
These are awarded to outstanding entering students in a University-wide competition. Students who are offered a University Fellowship as part of their recruitment package automatically receive a second year on a University Fellowship once they begin work on their dissertation, subject to satisfactory progress. Students on University Fellowships are not required to teach or render other services. Usually we have from one or two students on University Fellowships each year. Currently these carry a stipend of $22,000, plus a waiver of tuition, the service fee, and the academic facilities maintenance fund assessment.
Dean's Scholar Award
These fellowships are awarded in a University-wide competition to exceptionally qualified students who are working on their dissertation. These fellowships carry a stipend of $22,000, plus a waiver of tuition, the service fee, and the academic facilities maintenance fund assessment.
Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowships
This program is designed to expand the overall breadth of background of the UIC graduate student body by providing support to individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States from one of the racial and ethnic minority groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education, specifically Native American, African-American, Mexican-American, and Puerto Rican students. Abraham Lincoln Fellowships carry a stipend of $22,000, plus a waiver of tuition, the service fee, and the academic facilities maintainance fund assessment.
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Program
The purpose of DFI is to increase the number of underrepresented faculty and staff in Illinois institutions of higher education and higher education governing boards. To be eligible, the applicant must be a legal resident of Illinois, and must be African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, or a member of another group underrepresented in higher education in Illinois. For more information see the Graduate College DFI page.
For a list of fellowships to which you can apply, see our external fellowships page.
For additional information on all sources of funding, see UIC Graduate College/ Financial Awards.
For further information on minority fellowships, see also UIC Graduate College/Diversity Matters.