University of Chicago Divinity School

“The belief that a great research university ought to have as one central occupation the scholarly study of religion, to prepare scholars for careers in teaching and research, and ministers for service to the church.”
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, Literature and Visual Culture; 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: (2017-18) $51,999

Tuition for PhD students from year 5 on: $20,508

Housing costs vary; living expenses estimated at $6000 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 but $784 per academic quarter.

Financial Aid-Fellowships

All PhD 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 $25,000 stipend, up to four summer research stipends of $3,000 each (two initial and two additional based on achievement of milestones), and coverage in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP) for the student for up to seven years (five initial and two additional based on achievement of milestones).

Each year there are also a number of opportunities available for dissertation writing awards for students who have been admitted to PhD 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 UChicagoGRAD’s Fellowship Database,

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/Latina/o 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. Established in 1968, the University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) brings together faculty and students across the University in interdisciplinary and interdivisional research, teaching, scholarly events, and public engagement related to this vital region of the world.

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.

Library Resources-Special Collections
The University of Chicago Library provides access to Latin American Research links such as PRISMA, HLAS, Fuente Académica.
Neighboring Institutions or Programs
The Chicagoland area is home to many denominational seminaries, and several outstanding public and private research universities.


Other Resources
Office of International Affairs
Graduate & Professional Student Gateway page
Affinity groups, Lectures through OMSA
CMC – Chicago Multicultural Connection
HTI Scholars
Christina Llanes

Santiago O. Piñon Jr.
Assistant Professor of Religion
Texas Christian University

Vinicius Pintas Marinho

Héctor Varela-Rios

Raúl Zegarra

Contact Information

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


Name:                       Dr. David Nirenberg
Title:                          Dean, Divinity School
Phone:                      (773) 702-8221

The Person in Charge of Enrollment:

Name:                      Anita Lumpkin
Title:                         Associate Dean of Students
Phone:                     (773) 702-8249