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1) Can you describe what ‘fully funded’ actually covers? 

Our program guarantees support for 5 years.

This includes: 


For other questions regarding funding opportunities, please see the UO Graduate School’s Funding and Graduate Employment pages.

2) How does funding work if I am an out-of-state student?

Our program is an in-residence program, meaning that – once we are no longer teaching remotely due to the pandemic – most classes are expected to be held in-person. We can’t know when and how this will happen, but our current plan for Fall 2021 is to be in-person. This means that graduate students would need to live here to attend classes and to fulfill their Graduate Employee duties, if this applies. Here is a link to more information about graduate student funding:

3) How many students are being accepted into the first cohort?

Our program accepts 5 students every other year, beginning with the arrival of the first cohort in Fall ‘21. The next cohort would arrive to campus in Fall of ‘23, and so on.

4) Your brochure says, “all incoming students receive financial support for five years, including salary, tuition and fees.” Does this mean that tuition is free?

Tuition and costs for UO grad students are based on residency, and the number of credits for which you are enrolled. You can find a cost estimate tool on the Graduate School’s web page here.

5) Your brochure mentions that financial support comes in the form of salary. Can you give me ballpark of what a monthly salary might look like?

Graduate Employee (GE) Salary and Benefits

6) Will I have to work during the summer?

We do not provide summer funding. However, for students who have Advanced to Candidacy (the ABD level), there are sometimes opportunities for summer teaching. We encourage you to explore work opportunities off campus as well as fellowships and scholarships that the UO Grad School offers. The Grad School also hosts a Summer Tuition Waiver program.  

7) I have applied to the IRES PhD program and uploaded my unofficial transcripts. Do I need to get official transcripts sent and if so, what address do they need to go to?

Our Program accepts unofficial transcripts. But official transcripts must be sent to the UO Grad School. Here is the information you’ll need about this.

8) How is housing arranged? Does the Program provide this for students?

The Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies DOES NOT include housing in its packages, nor does the University. However, the Grad School’s web site does list some local resources to help incoming students with housing searches.

9) Are GMATs required for this program?


10) How does your Graduate Employee process work?

When you submit your application through the GradWeb Portal (please see How to Apply), on the Department App tab, you will have the opportunity to complete and upload a Graduate Employee Application. As part of the funding aspect of our program, accepted candidates will be assigned as either graders, discussion leaders, or research assistants for our courses and professors. Graduate Employee positions are unionized campus jobs. Please reference the following links: Graduate Employment & Graduate Student Funding and Tuition.

11) Can I submit writing samples from past undergraduate projects?

Yes! Submit 8-10 pages (plus your references) of your best writing.

12) Do the 8-10 pages of writing include the references/bibliography?

No. Our expectation is 8-10 pages of content. The references/bibliography are in addition to that.

13) Is it possible to do a stand-alone certificate in your program?

The IRES Graduate Certificate is not a stand-alone certificate. If you are NOT enrolled in the UO’s Graduate Program, you will not be able to enroll in the IRES Graduate Certificate arm of our Program.

14) I’m still working on my undergraduate degree, but I will have received it by the time the next term of acceptance begins. Can I still apply?


15) Since you are not accepting students seeking Master’s degrees, does that mean that a student does not need to have a Master’s degree to be admitted into your PhD program?

You do not need a Master’s degree to be admitted to the PhD program. You do need to have a B.A. by Fall 2021.

Our Program is intended for students who have already completed a Bachelor’s OR Master’s degree, and who have significant experience studying race, ethnicity, and indigeneity. 

Please click here for more information.

16) My GPA isn’t completely indicative of my student record. What things are considered when the Committee reviews applicants?

We do not have a minimum GPA. Our Committee considers each person’s entire application packet. If you feel you have ‘irregularities’ in your history, (ex: a low GPA, time gaps, etc.), let us know in the section of the online application that reads, “Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you (e.g. gaps in education, non-traditional educational path, work history, academic record, personal experiences?)”.

17) Is it possible to enroll into the IRES doctoral program concurrently with another program for a dual degree?

Unfortunately, no. We have not yet set up a dual degree program.

18) When are applicants notified about acceptance into the program?

COVID-19 circumstances have shuffled long standing University deadlines and timelines. At this point, we expect to send out notifications by the end of winter term.  

19) Can a student complete this program in less than 5 years?

Depending on any individual student’s work and life conditions, it is possible to finish our program with a PhD in less than five years.

20) Who can provide references for me?

References should come from people who can speak to your body of work, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, and your level of preparedness to pursue a PhD in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies.

21) There is a professor at the UO that I’d like to work with. Is there a process I should follow?

You are welcome to send direct inquiries to any IRES Core or Graduate Faculty with whom you would like to communicate:

IRES Core Faculty

IRES Graduate Faculty