Historic Preservation Program Graduate Funding

Student Worker Positions | Scholarships | Employment Opportunities

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Historic Preservation Program is a participating member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP, formerly WICHE). This program allows students from participating states to pay the in-state tuition rate while completing their master of science in historic preservation at the University of Oregon.

States currently participating in the WRGP include:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

You must provide documentation of your state residency to take advantage of this program. Make sure you are logged in using your UO mail account. 

For more information on the Western Regional Graduate Program, contact:

WRGP Student Exchange Program 
PO Box 9752 
Boulder, CO 80301-9752 

For WRGP questions specific to the Historic Preservation Program, please e-mail us: histpres@uoregon.edu


Student Worker Positions

The Historic Preservation Program commonly offers paid student work opportunities assisting with a variety of projects and initiatives. In the past, students have participated in surveys of historic districts and National Register nominations for the National Park Service and other partners, provided planning support for the PNW Preservation Field School, conducted research alongside faculty, and assisted with program administration.”

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College of Design Scholarships

Scholarships in the College of Design are open for application by students who are enrolled majors within any of our disciplines. A select number of scholarships within certain disciplines are available for application by students who are applying for admission to a Design program.

The more than 110 scholarships in our college have been made possible by donations from private parties, both individuals and business organizations. Many are provided by alumni who have been moved to give back, and who want to be part of helping to support students today as they earn their own degrees.

Check with your graduate advisor or SAE staff for possible opportunities in the HP program. Visit the Student Services Scholarships page and/or contact Student Services at dsgnss@uoregon.edu for more information.

Department Scholarships

Departmental scholarship awards for incoming students do not require a separate application but are determined upon recommendation of the review committee with the approval of the department or program head. You can expect the School of Architecture & Environment Finance staff (archinfo@uoregon.edu) to send notifications out approximately one month after admission notifications have been emailed. These scholarships are based on merit and the strength of students' applications.

University of Oregon Scholarships

Students can find additional information about funding opportunities at Financial Aid and Scholarships.

The UO Division of Graduate Studies offers several scholarships.

In addition to applying for scholarships, we strongly advise domestic students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may qualify for federal work study allowances as part of your FAFSA award package.

International Students

A number of scholarships are available for international students who are enrolled at the UO. Visit International Student and Scholar Services for more information.

Native American Tribe Members

Future Stewards

The UO Division of Graduate Studies' Future Stewards Program provides up to two years (six regular terms in fall, winter, spring) of tuition support for new or continuing graduate students in masters or doctoral programs. Candidates must be enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe of Oregon or a Native American tribe that had traditional and customary tribal boundaries in parts of the state of Oregon or that ceded or reserved lands within the state of Oregon.


The Ecotrust Scholarship supports undergraduate and graduate Native students who have an interest in environmental issues and attend the University of Oregon. Multiple scholarships will be awarded, ranging between $2,000 and $4,000. Awards are based on financial need and the applicant’s demonstration of their interest in supporting environmental issues within Native communities.


The UO's Office of the Dean of Students offers several scholarships to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including one to attend the Creating Change conference.

Field-Related Scholarships

Mildred Colodny Scholarship

This scholarship provides up to $15,000 toward graduate school tuition; a paid summer internship with the National Trust following the student's first year of study; and support of a student's attendance at a National Preservation Conference or other National Trust training opportunity.​

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Employment Opportunities

Students frequently find paid internships or regular employment with private firms and government agencies in Portland, which provides opportunities for both professional training and financial support. Possible employment sources include the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the State of Oregon, and numerous design and planning consulting firms located in the metropolitan area.

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Graduate Funding is significantly less available for those who apply to the late admissions cycle than for those who apply to the regular admissions cycle.