Funding

Funding
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Doctoral students in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations receive a comprehensive six-year funding package to support them in their scholarly and pedagogical training and are eligible to be registered for up to eight years.

The six-year funding package includes:

  • An academic year stipend (and teaching remuneration)
  • Five summer stipends
  • Full tuition aid
  • Health insurance premium aid

Renewal of this award is contingent on satisfactory academic progress.  Students are expected to reach candidacy by the start of year six to remain in the program. Those students who remain registered in year seven and/or eight receive continued financial support, which includes:

  • Full tuition aid
  • Health insurance premium aid

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

Teaching

Teaching is an essential part of graduate education at the University of Chicago. All NELC students are required to teach as part of their six-year funding package. Opportunities to teach are also available after the first six years. This pedagogical experience is designed to serve as one element in the preparation of NELC students for an academic career, along with advanced language study, research, and field work. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the considerable university resources devoted to improving teaching abilities and producing exceptional teaching portfolios.

Typically, students focus on coursework and language requirements during the first two years and complete the teaching requirements in years three through six. 

Fellowships, Grants & Postdoctoral Opportunities

Once dissertation research is sufficiently advanced, students are expected to apply for dissertation fellowships to aid in completing their studies. Students are eligible to apply for a range of internal and external dissertation completion fellowships. Dissertation completion fellowships are commonly held in years seven or eight, but students may also hold a DCF in year six.

Students who hold a dissertation completion fellowship in year six and graduate no later than summer quarter of the sixth year are guaranteed appointment as a Humanities Teaching Fellow. The Humanities Teaching Fellowship is a two-year postdoctoral program designed to enhance pedagogical skills and extend research training. All NELC students who graduate within seven years of matriculation are eligible to apply for this program. 

In recent years our students have received support for dissertation writing and research, travel, and language study from the following sources:

  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Jacob Greenberg Dissertation Fellowship
  • Oppenheim Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Mellon Foundation–University of Chicago Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • Provost’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship
  • Fulbright-Hays DDRA (Doctoral Dissertation Research Award)
  • Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship
  • Arnaldo Momigliano Dissertation Research travel grant
  • Nicholson Center for British Studies Graduate Research Grants
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)
  • Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship
  • Chicago Center for Jewish Studies Travel Grants
  • Helen Rich Travel Fund

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, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), and DAAD grants, among others. They maintain an extensive fellowships database, and are available for individual meetings with students. 

Fellowship announcements are distributed via the NELC graduate student listserv and posted to the NELC Graduate Student Wiki.

Other Resources & Opportunities

Eligible students may work a limited number of hours per week on campus. Job opportunities include working in the Oriental Institute, University libraries, for the department as a Social Hour Coordinator, and for campus residential services. Advanced students may also seek income from additional teaching opportunities, depending upon availability.