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    Description of PhD Program

    The PhD program at the University of Chicago is a rigorous course of advanced study and research that prepares students for a lifetime of field-defining scholarship, intellectual leadership and teaching in the academic study of religion.

    Instruction and research in the PhD program is organized by means of the three Committees of the Faculty and eleven areas of study: Anthropology and Sociology of Religions, History of Religions, Religion and Literature, Religious Ethics, Theology, Philosophy of Religions, Bible, History of Christianity, History of Judaism, Islamic Studies, Religions in America.

    PhD students concentrate their work in an area of study toward the end of achieving a high level of expertise and the capacity to pursue advanced research in it. PhD students also must pursue substantial work in at least one other area of study to prepare broadly for their future careers as educators or in other professions and to locate their research in contexts outside of, but relevant to, their own concentration.

    Tuition & Housing Costs

    Tuition for PhD students in the first 4 years: (2015-16) $48,078

    Tuition for PhD students from year 5 on: $18,960

    Housing costs vary; living expenses estimated at $4500 - $5500 per quarter.

    Tuition Assistance

    Students in years 1-5 receive full tuition assistance (100%). In years 6 and beyond, students receive tuition aid for all by $784 per academic quarter.

    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    All Ph.D. students admitted to the Divinity School in every area of doctoral study receive a 5-year University of Chicago Fellowship, which provides full tuition, a $23,000 stipend, up to four summer research stipends of $3000 each, (two initial and 2 additional based on achievement of milestones) and coverage in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP) for the student.

    Each year there are also a number of opportunities available for dissertation writing awards for students who have been admitted to Ph.D. candidacy, such as the Martin Marty Center Jr. Dissertation fellowships, Provost's, Harper and Mellon dissertation fellowships,(University-funded), and other, external fellowship opportunities, including Fulbright and Newcomb.

    Students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance from sources outside the Divinity School. For more information, students should consult the Graduate Student Affairs' Fellowship Kiosk, grad.uchicago.edu.

    Foreign students are encouraged to explore appropriate funding opportunities such as Fulbright-Hays, DAAD, SSHRC (Canada Council), Harkness, and World Council of Churches grants.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    David Martínez
    Associate Professor, Department of Classics and the Divinity School; also in the College

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    OMSA- Office of Multicultural Student Affairs supports the academic success of students of color at the University of Chicago and works to build an inclusive campus community. OMSA's programs focus on enriching students' experiences and encouraging cross-cultural dialogue on campus. OMSA serves and advocates for all African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American students who attend the College, Graduate Divisions, and Professional Schools.

    Center for Latin American Studies

    Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture: The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture was established in 1994 under the direction of Professor Michael Dawson. From its inception, faculty, students, and staff who have been involved with the Center have been committed to establishing a new type of research institute devoted to the study of race and ethnicity, one that seeks to expand the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities. Scholars affiliated with the Center have also endeavored to make race and ethnicity central topics of intellectual investigation at the University of Chicago by fostering interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public debate among students and faculty. Fundamentally, the Center is committed to producing engaged scholarship that rejects the false dichotomy between rigorous intellectual work and community activism. We seek, instead, to contribute intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that can help people transform their thinking and their lives. Towards those goals, the Center has provided funding and other types of support for a number of projects initiated by faculty affiliated with the Center, graduate students, and visiting fellows. Click here to see a few examples of those projects.

    Neighboring Institutions or Programs

    The Chicagoland area is home to many denominational seminaries, and several outstanding public and private research universities

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    The University of Chicago Library provides access to Latin American Research links such as PRISMA, HLAS, Fuente Académica.

    Other Resources

    Office of International Affairs
    Graduate & Professional Student Gateway page
    Affinity groups, Lectures through OMSA
    CMC- Chicago Multicultural Connection

    HTI Fellows/Scholars

    Hector Varela
    2015-2016 First Year Doctoral Scholar

    Christina Llanes
    2013-2014 First-Year Doctoral Scholar
    2014-2015 Second Year Doctoral Scholar
    2015-2016 Comprehensive Exams Year Scholar

    Santiago O. Piñon Jr.
    Assistant Professor of Religion
    Texas Christian University
    2001-2002 First Year Doctoral Fellow
    2002-2003 Second Year Doctoral Fellow
    2003-2004 Comprehensive Exams-Year Fellow
    2009-2010 Dissertation Year Fellow


    Contact Information 

    The HTI person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at University of Chicago Divinity School is:

    Name:              Dr. Teresa Hord Owens
    Title:                 Dean of Students
    Telephone:        773-702-8217
    Email:               [email protected]

    Updated May 2015