Funding

The UIC Philosophy Department places a very high priority on providing support for its Ph.D. 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 below. The Graduate College funding page is here.

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.

Teaching Assistantships

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 2017 the stipend will be $18,064.98 (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.

Fellowships for Incoming Students:

Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowships

Nominees for the ALF must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States who come from groups that have been historically underrepresented in graduate programs. These four-year fellowships are awarded to outstanding entering students in a University-wide competition. In the first year, and in the fourth year when they begin work on their dissertation, students holding these awards do not teach or render other services; in their second and third years they work as TAs. In all four years they receive a stipend of $22,000, plus a waiver of tuition and (most) fees. After the fourth year, students are provided with Teaching Assistantships. In three of the last four years ALF nominees from philosophy have received either that or the Star Fellowship.

Star Fellowship (Graduate Scholars Fellowship)

Applicants nominated by the department for Abraham Lincoln and University Fellowships are also considered for the four-year Star Fellowship. Students holding these awards do not teach or render other services (it is possible to pause the fellowship for a year to gain teaching experience). In all four years they receive a stipend of $22,000, plus a waiver of tuition and (most) fees. After the fourth year of fellowship, students are provided with Teaching Assistantships. The program has been running since 2015, and we currently have two Star Fellows in the department.

University Fellowships

These four-year fellowships are awarded to outstanding entering students in a University-wide competition. In the first year, and in the fourth year when they begin work on their dissertation, students holding these awards do not teach or render other services; in their second and third years they work as TAs. In all four years they receive a stipend of $22,000, plus a waiver of tuition and (most) fees. After the fourth year, students are provided with Teaching Assistantships. In typical years we are able to offer at least one University Fellowship.

Other Fellowships: 

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.

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.