Doctoral students who matriculate in Summer 2020 and after will be guaranteed to have funding support from the University of Chicago, external sources, or a combination of the two for the duration of their program to include the following:

● Full tuition coverage
● Annual stipend
● Fully paid individual annual health insurance premiums

Additional fellowships and awards are available to support language study, conference attendance, and research travel.

" "

Breakdown of Funding

For PhD students who matriculated in Summer 2020 in the Cinema and Media Studies program, the stipend and teaching remuneration was $27,000 over nine months. Yearly renewal of this award is contingent on satisfactory academic progress.

Additional summer funds of $4,000 were available every year in the program, dependent on satisfactory academic progress.

For more information on financial aid for prospective students matriculating in Autumn 2020, please refer to the Financial Aid for Prospective Students and Division of the Humanities Financial Aid pages.


Pedagogical training is a vital part of the education doctoral students receive at UChicago. Students will typically serve as course assistants for three faculty-taught courses with the opportunity subsequently to teach two courses on their own as the primary instructor in their fifth and sixth years, with the possibility of the sixth year being self-design.

Typically, students focus on coursework and language requirements during the first two years in the program. Please see the teaching section of this site for more information about the pedagogy training plan.

Fellowships and Grants

CMS strongly supports students applying for additional external and internal fellowships and grants. In recent years our students have received support from the following sources:

  • Mellon Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) Toyota dissertation Fellowship
  • Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship
  • Nicholson Center for British Studies Graduate Research Grants
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)
  • Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship
  • German American Academic Exchange Fellowship (DAAD)
  • Humanities Division Research Grants

All students are encouraged to take advantage of the fellowship support resources available through UChicagoGrad - in addition to helping with research statements and CVs, UChicagoGRAD manages many external fellowship programs, including the Fulbright programs, FLAS, and DAAD grants. They maintain an extensive fellowships database, and are available for individual meetings with students. 

Students who receive Dissertation Completion Fellowships (DCF) for their sixth year from the Humanities Division are eligible for a two-year Humanities Teaching Fellowship if all requirements are met. All students who are on-track to graduate within seven years of matriculation are eligible to apply.  

The Division of the Humanities administers a number internal fellowships. Many of these internal fellowship applications must be formally nominated by the student’s department, so interested students must also be aware of the CMS-specific deadlines and procedures. Fellowship announcements are distributed via the CMS graduate student list-serv (cms-phd) and posted to the CMS student wiki.