How to Apply

Application deadline is March 1st (Fall admission only)

Selection of Ph.D. applicants will be based on undergraduate and post-baccalaureate GPA, statement of academic interest and research intent, relevant community or professional experience, and three letters of reference. In addition to these criteria, applicants will be evaluated on their writing skills, professional presentations, and previous teaching and research experience. Most students applying for admission to the Ph.D. program should already have a master’s degree in a relevant field, though exceptional students with a bachelor's degree and extensive relevant experience may be considered for admission directly into the Ph.D. program, subject to completion of additional program requirements.

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  • Application deadline: Applications must be received by March 1st for fall admission only.
  • Compliance with the University Requirements for a doctoral degree and admission to graduate studies as detailed in the UAF Catalog.
  • Minimum undergraduate or graduate grade point average of 3.0 GPA; if GPA is below 3.0 applicant is required to submit a GRE.
  • Statement of Goals (500 words or less)
  • Professional vita resume, including documentation regarding academic, research, and professional experiences; special projects and activities; and recognition or honors.
  • Three letters of reference, including two professional references (preferably curriculum or research advisors and/or major course instructors with whom the students had contact in more than one course, and/or supervisors) and one cultural/community reference.
  • Official transcripts

The Ph.D. Program in Indigenous Studies seeks to attract mature, committed, and responsible individuals of diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds who are interested in scholarly research and practice with an indigenous emphasis.

The program functions on a cohort model and admits eight students per year. It is anticipated that students will be able to enroll in at least half of their coursework through distance education, though they will also be expected to participate in intensive (1 to 3-week long) face-to-face seminar/institutes each semester. Students are strongly encouraged to be full-time students (i.e., not engage in other full-time gainful employment or other studies) throughout their attendance in the Ph.D. Program. Students are also strongly encouraged to enroll in a partner institution for a semester to a year.

To identify candidates for admission to the program, the Indigenous Studies Ph.D. Steering Committee will conduct a screening and selection process that is intended to evaluate all applicants in a manner that is comprehensive, fair, and objective. All candidates who are finalists for admission are required to participate in an individual interview with the selection committee. The interview process is an opportunity for potential candidates to learn about our program as well as for us to learn about them. This interview is an essential part of the application process, thus all finalists are expected to be available for a conference call.

Since our student capacity is limited and we expect more applicants than we can accommodate each year, those who are not admitted should reapply and are welcome to resubmit their application the following year. We will be seeking balance and diversity in the makeup of each annual cohort and likely will not be able to admit all qualified applicants. 

If you did not apply online, send completed application packets to:

UAF Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 757480
Fairbanks , Alaska 99775-7480
(907) 474-7500; (800) 478-1UAF; Fax: (907) 474-5379

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