Doctoral students in the Department of Art History who matriculate in Summer 2020 and after are awarded a funding package that includes full tuition coverage, an annual stipend, and fully paid individual annual premiums for UChicago’s student health insurance to support them in their scholarly and pedagogical/curatorial training. All students may also apply for additional research and travel funds.


The annual stipend for art history PhD students starting the program in Autumn 2021 is $32,000 over 12 months. Students also receive full tuition and health insurance premium coverage. Funding is granted for students in good academic standing for the duration of the program, which is customized for each student based on factors such as language study needs and dissertation topic. Please see the Humanities Division website for more information on funding packages. 


Pedagogical and curatorial training is a vital part of the education doctoral students receive at UChicago. Accordingly, the funding package includes required teaching components paired with faculty mentorship. Art history PhD students typically serve as teaching assistants for three faculty-taught courses with the opportunity subsequently to teach one to two courses on their own under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Additional Funding Sources

Research and conference travel grants are available at various stages of research and writing. The Department of Art History competitively awards many internally endowed fellowships to support students’ language study, dissertation research, and dissertation writing. Students enrolled in our program regularly win additional internal and external fellowships to enhance funding for dissertation research and writing beyond the Divisional funding package.