The University of Chicago: Graduate Studies

GRAD Childcare Stipend Application

PhD Child Care Stipend Application

The University of Chicago will offer need-based, child care stipends in the amount of $2,000 per year to eligible PhD student applicants. While not covering the bulk of child care expenses, these stipends are intended to help alleviate some of the financial hardship our student parents face while allowing them flexibility to tailor child care to their needs. Priority will be given to eligible applicants with the greatest need.

One application per family will be considered, and students of any citizenship may apply. Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria below may apply, but applicants in the greatest need will be given preference. Child Care Stipend applicants must:
  • Have dependent child(ren) born on or after July 1, 2009;
  • Be a full-time UChicago PhD student in good academic standing;
  • For non-U.S. citizens: hold valid visa and be eligible to receive income at the time of award

Applications for an annual stipend are received quarterly. If rewarded, stipends will be distributed in lump sum, calculated at $500 per quarter: summer recipients will receive $2,000; fall recipients will receive $1,500; winter recipients will receive $1,000, and spring recipients will receive $500. Deadlines are the first Friday of each quarter. Students must apply annually and receiving the stipend in a previous academic year does not guarantee future support.

Applicants must submit:
PhD Child Care Stipend Application
Documentation of income – submit one of the following:
  • Copy of the most recent US or foreign tax return for student (and spouse/partner if applicable)
  • Copy of the W2 forms if most recent tax return is not available
Documentation of child(ren) claimed as dependents – submit one of the following:
  • Tax return if you have claimed the child(ren) as dependent(s)
  • Copy of the child(ren)’s birth certificate(s) or adoption paper(s)
  • Copy of the child(ren)’s US passport(s)

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. CST on the following deadline dates:
  • 5 p.m. CST on June 26, 2020 

Incomplete applications and applications received after the 5:00 p.m. deadline will not be considered until the following quarterly deadline. Applicants who falsify any information or supporting documentation will be required to pay back the stipend in full, will be deemed ineligible for future stipend awards, and will be referred for area disciplinary action. *Paper materials will not be accepted - please upload all documents to this portal.*

Stipend payments are taxable to the recipient, and depending on the student’s immigration status, the University may have a legal obligation to withhold income taxes from the payment and report it. Recipients should consult a tax advisor for an understanding of their reporting obligations to the IRS. Child care stipends are as student aid and may affect student loan borrowing eligibility. Awardees should consult Student Loan Administration with questions related to student loans.