Yes, the fellowship is paid. The stipend ranges from $11,000 to $16,000. The stipends are fixed amounts corresponding to various levels of education. This includes a $1000 monthly housing stipend (and is more than enough for Chicago).
While budgeting for the program, please keep in mind that the stipend qualifies as taxable income. Due to our large number of international fellows, we cannot advise on the tax implications related to the stipend. We recommend consulting with a lawyer for tax-related questions/concerns.