Graduate Funding

A graduate degree is one of the most important investments you can make. Although tuition varies for each of our six graduate programs, financial aid is available for qualified students. Our programs are all eligible for the G.I. Bill and some other federal financial aid programs.

Fully Funded PhD

If you’re admitted to our Communication and Media Studies Doctoral program, the SOJC provides four years of graduate employment funding that covers your entire tuition, health insurance, and a monthly stipend to offset the costs of living.


Monthly Stipend

16 Hours/Week

Teaching and Research Work


Typical Health Insurance Premium

Graduate Employment in Eugene

If you’re an SOJC master’s student located in Eugene, you may be eligible for a graduate employment (GE) position to help fund your degree work. In addition to GE positions, the university offers additional awards and fellowships.

Travel and Research Awards

The SOJC awards some graduate research and travel funding for thesis/dissertation-related travel, travel to conferences to present papers, and other research-related expenses. The Graduate Affairs Committee decides how to allocate these limited funds based on the type of presentation, type of organization or meeting, seniority of the student, and number of requests. If you wish to apply for funds, submit the Travel and Research Fund Request Forms before your travel or research begins.

Questions? Contact SOJC Fiscal Coordinator Josh Buetow.

Scholarships for Graduate Students

The SOJC offers the scholarships below to graduate students who qualify.

The Anderson Family Graduate Fellowship Fund
This fund provides fellowship awards to one or more graduate students in the SOJC. The awards may be used to assist students with all expenses related to attending the university, such as tuition, fees, books, room and board stipends, travel, research, miscellaneous materials, and supplies.

Criteria: Preference is given to students specializing in the study of the professional ethics of journalism.

How to apply: Use the online application form to submit a current CV, a one-page statement explaining how your work addresses journalism ethics, and the names of two to three faculty members who can speak about your suitability for this award. 

Deadline: May 3, 2021

Lorry I. Lokey Journalism Scholarship
The Lokey Scholarship was established in 2007 through the generosity of Oregonian Lorry I. Lokey, founder of Business Wire, an international media relations company. Lokey is a 1949 Stanford University graduate and a University of Oregon Foundation trustee. The scholarship program provides awards of up to $10,000 to the Lorry I. Lokey Journalism Scholars Program—a program to raise the national and international profile of the SOJC, attract the best and brightest young minds to the UO, and be a catalyst for developing outstanding future leaders for the journalism and communication industry. A portion of the fund can be used to promote and administer the Lokey Journalism Scholars Program to help ensure it has the highest level of impact for both the scholars and the University of Oregon.

Criteria: 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 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.

How to apply: Submit the following via the online Lokey Scholarship application:

  1. Confirmation from your advisor that you have (or will have) passed comps, held a proposal meeting, and will advance to candidacy by the end of the spring term
  2.  Current curriculum vitae
  3.  Short (1- to 2-page) research statement outlining your interests, accomplishments, and goals
  4.  Short (150-word) abstract of your dissertation proposal, including full working title and names of committee members
  5.  Single-authored writing sample (30 pages or less), which can be a paper from a class, a conference paper, or a publication

Deadline: May 3, 2021

The Charles and Eiko Politz Fund for a Graduate Scholarship in Journalistic Writing
This scholarship provides scholarship support for up to two graduate students pursuing studies in journalistic writing.

Criteria: The recipient(s) of this scholarship must be graduate students in the SOJC who are pursuing studies in journalistic writing.

How to apply: Submit the following via the online application:

  1. Current resumé or curriculum vitae
  2. Two writing samples:
    • Short piece (500–750 words) on current news
    • Feature story (750–2,500 words), such as a human-interest, profile, seasonal-theme, or behind-the-scenes article

Deadline: May 3, 2021


If you have questions about your eligibility or the application process for scholarships or other graduate funding, contact Amy Boutell, our graduate student services manager.