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Financial Support and Housing

All applicants, including non-US citizens, are eligible for financial support to cover tuition and living expenses. Except in cases where external funding is provided, an offer of admission to the program comes with an offer of a University Fellowship. Students who stay in good academic standing can expect to receive funding, including tuition waivers, for their first 20 quarters.

The First Year

Financial support for first-year students comes in the form of University Fellowships. In 2021-22, for example, University Fellowships paid full tuition plus a stipend of $34,176 ($2,848.00 per month before taxes). This amount varies from year to year to reflect inflation.

The Second through Fifth Years

Students who make satisfactory academic progress are supported in their second through fifth years as Teaching or Research Assistants. In 2020-21, for example, these positions paid tuition plus a monthly stipend of $2848.00 before taxes for nine months. During the three months of the summer quarter, the stipend remains the same but is paid on a University Fellowship. These amounts vary slightly from year to year.

Students from countries where English is not the native language must achieve a satisfactory on score on the Educational Testing Service's Test of Spoken English (TSE) to be eligible for a teaching assistantship. The score must be at least 60.

Additional funding opportunities

Numerous opportunities exist for students to obtain competitive university-wide fellowships through The Graduate School and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Some students may continue to be supported as Teaching or Research Assistants within the department, while others may take advantage of the opportunity to develop their own courses by teaching in the School of Professional Studies.

The department shares the university's philosophy of actively encouraging students to seek outside funding, believing this not only to be an indicator of scholarly achievement but also an invaluable exercise in professional development. The Office of Fellowships compiles information about graduate external fellowship opportunities, including links to diversity-based and awards available to international students.

Internal Grants

Conference Travel Grants of up to $800 are available, from The Graduate School, annually to graduate students who have completed their first year. The grants are to enable students to travel to conferences to present scholarly work. Grants are also available from The Buffet Institute and from the Department of Political Science.

Graduate Research Grants of up to $3,000 are available quarterly to fund research travel and materials deemed essential to students' work. The Graduate Research Grant may be awarded only once in a student's academic career.

Summer Language Grants of up to $2,000 are available to students in their first three years to fund travel, during the summer quarter, to obtain language skills not otherwise obtainable in the Chicago metropolitan area.

For more detailed information, visit the Graduate School's financial aid page.


Many graduate students rent apartments near campus. Information on university housing can be found at:

Alternatively, the Evanston campus is readily accessible by public transport from Chicago. 

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