Funding Opportunities

Graduate Employee (GE) Appointments

Applicants for admission to the PhD program and the Media Studies master’s program are automatically considered for GE funding. PhD students are awarded up to four years of consecutive GE funding. Media Studies master’s students, if offered GE funding, generally receive a maximum of two years of funding. Continued funding from year to year is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and satisfactory evaluations in previous GE positions. A GE appointment comes with a tuition waiver, a partial student fee waiver, a monthly stipend, and a health insurance plan. GE positions generally are not available to our professional master’s students except under unusual circumstances.

GE positions also exist outside the SOJC and are listed on the Graduate School website.

Students who have a GE award during the academic year are eligible for a summer tuition waiver for the following summer session. Forms are available on the Graduate School website.

Scholarships and Awards

The Graduate Affairs Committee awards renewable recruitment scholarships to top candidates for the Media Studies PhD program, generally about $1,000 per year. No separate application is required for these awards. Awards are competitive and are used to recruit top candidates.

We also have other scholarships for which new and/or continuing students may apply:

Politz Graduate Scholarship
Awarded to new students pursuing studies in the Eugene-based Journalism master’s program and the Portland-based Multimedia Journalism master’s program. Applicants will be sent more information about this award once they submit an application. For full consideration, students should be sure to submit their application by May 3, 2020.

Lokey Scholarship 
The scholarship program provides support to raise the national and international profile of the SOJC, attract the best and the brightest minds to the UO, and be a catalyst for developing outstanding future leaders for the journalism and communication industry.

Graduate student Lokey scholars are selected in recognition of their outstanding scholarly achievements and to provide added support during the dissertation year.  Up to two ABD recipients are selected primarily based on their scholarly record and demonstrated potential for research as indicated by their work in classes, conference presentation, and publication. Only Ph.D. students who have approved dissertation proposals and have advanced to candidacy are eligible for consideration. Teaching and service in the SOJC are additionally weighed, though the primary criterion is research, both accomplishments and potential. Selection of the scholar(s) is made by the Graduate Affairs Committee, which may choose not to award in a given year, depending on student eligibility, strength of research, other considerations and contributions, and funds available.

Anderson Family Fellowship 
Anderson Family Fellowships of $3,000 – $5,000 to one or more SOJC graduate students whose work addresses issues and questions of journalism ethics. Students from any of our graduate programs are welcome to apply.

To apply for the Anderson Family Fellowship, use the online application form to submit a current CV, a one-page statement explaining how your work is concerned with journalism ethics, and the names of 2 to 3 faculty members who could speak to your suitability for this award.

Glenn Starlin Endowed Fellowship in Telecommunication and Theatre Arts
The Starlin Fellowship is a $1,000 award given to a “worthy student engaged in graduate study toward a master’s or doctoral degree in telecommunication issues and related research in the School of Journalism and Communication.” Strong consideration is given to scholarship and career potential, with a desire to also support dissertation research when possible. This award is given to an SOJC student in odd years and to a Theatre Arts graduate student in even years.

To apply, use the online application form to submit a current CV, a one-page statement explaining how your work is concerned with telecommunication issues and related research, and the names of 2 to 3 faculty members who could speak to your suitability for this award.

Other scholarships for current students may become available and will be announced to eligible students in a timely fashion.

SOJC Travel Funding Policy

The SOJC has limited funding for graduate research and travel expenses. This money is awarded competitively for thesis/dissertation-related travel, travel to conferences to present papers, and assorted research-related expenses. Both Travel and Research Fund Request Forms  are available online and must be submitted before travel or research begins.

SOJC Fiscal Coordinator Josh Buetow will process your funding; please contact Josh if you have any questions. You should also speak with him before booking airline flights to ensure that you follow proper University procedure.

Josh Buetow – Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis
216B Allen Hall, 1275 University of Oregon | Eugene, OR 97403
Telephone: 541-346-3806 | Email:

Distribution of graduate travel and research funds will be made by the Graduate Affairs Committee based on the following priorities:

A. Type of presentation

Priority #1:  Individually authored refereed full paper (not panel or refereed abstract)
Priority #2:  Joint-authored refereed paper
Priority #3:  Other types of participation (plenary presentation, discussant, panel presenter, paper based on abstract submitted, etc.)

B. Type of organization/meeting 

Priority #1:  ICA, AEJMC, IAMCR, NCA; American Academy of Advertising, Association for Consumer Research
Priority #2:  Other national/international organizations
Priority #3:  Regional meetings, ad hoc conferences
Priority #4:  Other

C. Seniority of students 

Priority #1:  First to fourth year PhD students in residence
Priority #2:  First to second year master’s students in residence

D. Number of requests
First requests will be favored over previously funded students’ requests. Students may submit more than one travel request during a one-year period. However, each student is rarely granted more than $1,000 per fiscal year. This amount is not guaranteed to each student, each year. For PhD students beyond their fourth year and master’s students beyond their second year, travel/research funds are generally not available but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Research and Project Funds Requests for research funds must be made before the money is spent.  Students may not complete their thesis or projects, and then seek funding afterward to pay for their expenses. Students should not apply for more than $300 per fiscal year, subject to availability of funds. Thesis and project research is given priority consideration.

Other Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities elsewhere on campus include thesis/dissertation grants from the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Graduate School and the Humanities Center. These opportunities are competitive; you should contact those centers for more information. The Graduate School also maintains a funding webpage that can be helpful to students looking for grants and fellowships in their field. Students should begin their funding search early to allow time to complete the application process and meet application deadlines.

Job Opportunities and Financial Aid

The Career Center keeps a listing of jobs available on campus and in the community. Contact the Career Center, located in 244 Hendricks Hall, for more information. Work-study eligibility and other financial aid awards are determined by the Office of Financial Aid in Oregon Hall.