University of Oregon - Department of International Studies

Why you should consider this program

Our MA program offers students the opportunity to study critical global issues in a supportive interdisciplinary environment. Our program is especially strong in the areas of environment, gender, food studies, migration and refugees, humanitarianism, education and global health. Rather than completing a standard curriculum, students work closely with their faculty mentors to tailor their program to meet their own unique goals. Funding opportunities exist for primary research and/or internships both domestically and abroad. Our alumni go on to rewarding careers in nongovernmental organizations, community development, international education, and policy; many pursue PhDs.

The University of Oregon, a comprehensive public research university, has been serving the state, nation and world since 1876. Our motto, "We work at a human scale to generate big ideas," captures how we seek to enrich the human condition through exceptional teaching, discovery, and service.

We value our diversity and seek to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community. 

The community of Eugene is known for its livability and active arts scene, along with its many parks, bike trails and beautiful riverfront.   Eugene is one hour from the magnificent Oregon coast, and only minutes from mountains, forests, farms and vineyards.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 33,748 $ 65,645 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 56,752 $ 88,649 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Full tuition waiver plus Graduate Employment and Health Insurance

Application fee waiver - See below for important details.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 16,750

Application fee waived?



All International Studies MA students undertake a field experience, such as an internship or research, for a minimum of ten weeks.  Coverdell Fellows will work closely with faculty to identify an internship that furthers their professional aspirations while serving underserved American communities.  They will have access to our faculty's extensive nationwide networks and will be assisted in their efforts to contact organizations and present the best possible case for acceptance as an intern.  In addition, they will have access to our alumni network, a valuable resource for connecting students with opportunities.  Organizations with which we have successfully placed students as interns or as employees include, for example,  migrant education programs and other organizations serving vulnerable and at-risk youth, community gardens and food banks, organizations supporting incarcerated or recently incarcerated people, shelters and medical outreach for the homeless, refugee and immigrant support programs, and accessibility projects for persons with disabilities, among many others.

We regularly offer a course in professional development, covering skills such as networking and writing resumes and cover letters.

Additional professional support is available with the UO Career Center, which facilitates internship-relevant skills through informational and practice interviews, and has its own extensive listing of internship opportunities.

Jobs for program alumni

• Yelena Ablaeva – Director & Educational consultant, Study Abroad

• Laura Burbano, Graduate and Recruitment Specialist, Migrant Education Program (Lane ESD)

• Alejandra Cebreros – Multicultural Academic Advisor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

• Souphatta Chanphengxay – government official at the Bank of the Lao PDR

• Sara Clark – Mills International Center, University of Oregon

• Jean Baptiste Faye – Assistant Prof of Environmental Studies at Centre College

• Inara Fernandez – Stove Team International

• Samantha Gammons – Program Coordinator at Harvard Kennedy School

• Cara Gilpin – Assistant Director at University of North Carolina’s Study Abroad Office in Asheville, NC

• Brianne Holden --  Study Abroad Coordinator and Advisor, University of California, Davis

• Margaret (Margot) Jackson: Northwest Arkansas Council / Engage NWA

• Urooj Mughal: Regional Director, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine

• Caroline Nolan (Dezendorf): Science Education Specialist SF Bay Area

• Emilee Ohia – works for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

• Kelsey Lynn Provo – Immigration Attorney

• Adam Roberts -- USAID

• Najla Sabri: World Bank - operations analyst - Kabul, Afghanistan

• Sandra Sjogren: Program Manager at Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de l'Homme (AEDH)

• Alexis Stickel: Director of Community Programs at Marion-Polk Food Share

• Joshua West: Director of Business, Career and Technical Programs, Sauk Valley Community College

• Heather Wolford – organizer with Oregon Higher Education Organizing Project (AFT)

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Choice: Either GRE or Written Essay
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement/Written Essay
  • Official College/University Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation

Admissions process

If you are a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) and would like to be considered for the Coverdell Fellowship, please:

  1. Email your Description of Service (DOS) paperwork (Word .docx, PDF .pdf, or Image .jpeg). to the graduate coordinator for International Studies ([email protected]) BEFORE starting your application to International Studies.
  2. Upon receipt and confirmation of your DOS, the graduate coordinator will send you a special login you can use to start your application to the INTL program. Only by using this special login will you receive the application fee waiver.
  3. Do NOT start your application until you receive your login.
  4. Please follow these instructions precisely, in order to receive an application fee waiver.
  5. If you begin your application before receiving the special login, you will be responsible for paying the application fee. No exceptions.

Program begins

Mid to late September

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



, Graduate Coordinator

International Studies, Graduate Coordinator
5206 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403