Support for Our Graduate Students

Currently all doctoral students at the Divinity School are funded for five years. This represents a significant step forward in making a University of Chicago education accessible to students, but it will not be enough to ensure that the most promising students can afford a Chicago education; additional support is needed for both doctoral and master’s students.

  • Dissertation Support: The Divinity School has built a highly successful dissertation seminar in the Martin Marty Center. This program provides a sixth year of funding, while helping students learn to communicate their research to broader audiences. Philanthropic support will make this vital experience available to all doctoral students.
  • MA Fellowships: The Divinity School considers it a responsibility to provide financial support for the most promising students who want to pursue graduate study in religion, either toward further graduate study or as an essential preparation for careers in law, business, government, or the arts. New endowments will permanently fund two-year scholarships for these students and make Chicago both their first and most feasible choice.
  • MDiv Fellowships: The same issues of cost and need weigh on people who aspire to serve as public religious leaders. The Divinity School seeks funding so it can step in with the aid that makes their professional dreams more attainable. The school’s diversity provides the future religious leaders who study here with a unique education that will prepare them especially well for work in the public sphere. Many of our students are also pursuing dual degrees (in social work, public policy, or law), so financing their education is a double challenge for them—yet also an investment that yields very capable people who will bring multiple capacities to the communities in which they will work.

Talented, hardworking minds need support.