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.

Admissions Application Checklist

  • Application deadline is March 1st for the following fall admission.
  • UAF Admissions Apply Now with a $75 processing Fee.
  • Offical transcripts of all previous college work (minimum 3.0 GPA). You do not need to submit transcripts from universities within the UA system as they are already on file.
  • Letter of intent (500 words or less): why applying, professional goals, objectives, research interests and speciality area: Indigenous Knowledge, Indigeous Languages, Indigenous Research, Indigenous Leadership, Indigenous Education, and Indigenous Sustainability.
  • Professional vitae/resume
  • Three letters of reference, including two professional references and one letter from a cultural/community organization.
  • GRE scores: you are not required to submit GRE scores unless your undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0. If your undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0 then the University requires that GRE scores be submitted regardless of whether or not you have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • TOEFL = 550 (If English is not your first language)
  • Online financial plans and needs (contact the UAF Graduate School)
  • A Master's degree is required.
  • A writing sample is recommended.

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.

For questions regarding your application, please contact:

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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