Historic Preservation Program Graduate Funding

Graduate Employee 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.

Once your form is complete, please mail it to:

University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies
1219 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1219

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


Graduate Employee (GE) Positions

The Historic Preservation Program offered one full-year Graduate Employee (GE) position and one single-term GE position for the coming academic year.

  • One, three-term position supports the Pacific Northwest Field School (PNWFS) and provides assistance to the PNWFS director in coordinating the details of the annual field school
  • A second, single-term GE research assistant position is to work with program faculty on a research project and to provide administrative support to the program

Additional research assistant positions or student employee positions may be available as funding allows.

These positions are open to all historic preservation students; however, preference is given to students entering their second year in the program. The GE call goes out each year in the spring for awards given the following academic year.

In addition to the internal GEs, historic preservation students may hold GEs in other departments or programs while pursuing their studies. The Division of Graduate Studies maintains a complete listing of the open GE positions throughout campus.

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Tuition Guarantee

To help graduate students in the studio disciplines plan for the costs of their master's or doctoral programs, the College of Design provides a tuition guarantee. Resident and nonresident graduate students majoring in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, art, or product design are eligible for the guarantee.

The tuition rates guaranteed for each student are based on the tuition rates for fall term of the student's first full year in a qualifying program and the summer thereafter. As long as the student continues to make satisfactory progress toward on-time graduation, the student will not be expected to pay tuition higher than the student's guaranteed rates.

Learn more about the Tuition Guarantee.


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 (archfin@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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