University of Oregon

Historic Preservation Program

Financial Aid

Crater Lake Lodge

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Historic Preservation Program is a participating member of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP, formerly WICHE). This advantageous program allows students from participating states to receive in-state tuition while completing their master of science in historic preservation at the University of Oregon. States currently participating in the WRGP include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Students must be capable of producing documents that verify their state residency, for further instructions see the Historic Preservation Program's WRGP application. Once your form is complete, please mail to the University of Oregon Graduate School, 1219 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1219.

For more information on the Western Regional Graduate Program, contact the WRGP Student Exchange Program, PO Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752; telephone (303) 541-0210. 

For WRGP questions specific to the Historic Preservation Program please contact us at  

Graduate Fellowships

Two full-year Graduate Administrative Fellowships (GAF) and three one-term Graduate Teaching Fellowships (GTF) are available each academic year within the Historic Preservation Program. The Historic Preservation Program Support GAF assists the program director and office coordinator with informational materials and special events. The Pacific Northwest Field School GAF is the dedicated support person for the field school director and coordinates details of the annual field school. The three instructional GTF positions assist Professor Heath with course preparation for the American Architecture from a Preservation Perspective series. These positions are open to all historic preservation students; however, preference is given to students entering their second year in the program. The fellowship call goes out each year in the spring for awards given the following academic year.

In addition to the internal graduate fellowships, historic preservation students often hold graduate fellowships in other departments or programs while pursuing their studies. The Graduate School maintains a complete listing of the open positions throughout campus.


The scholarships described below are available to currently enrolled historic preservation (HP) graduate students at the University of Oregon. In addition to the listed scholarships, opportunities for travel awards are available periodically by the program (the office coordinator will send a call for applications). Some scholarship awards are available through a competitive application process, while other awards are determined through nomination by faculty members, the Historic Preservation Committee, or both. Not all awards are available each year.

  • James J. and Kathryn B. Walton Award  (HP only—up to two awards annually, $500–$1,000). Awarded to provide broad, unrestricted support to admitted historic preservation graduate students. Awarded by faculty nomination.
  • Philip H. Dole Historic Preservation Fund  (HP only—up to two awards annually, $500–$1,000). Awarded to provide support to historic preservation graduate students who have demonstrated academic merit. Students selected for this fellowship will be expected to conduct research and/or scholarship in the area of Historic Preservation. Awarded by faculty nomination. 
  • Heritage Research Fund  (HP only—up to four awards annually, $500–$1,000). Awarded to historic preservation graduate students pursuing multidisciplinary research projects. Awarded by application.
  • Greg Hartell Historic Preservation Student Internship  (HP only—one award annually, $1,500). Awarded to support a University of Oregon historic preservation student who has been selected to participate in an internship at Crater Lake. Awarded by faculty nomination.
  • Betty Peting Travel Fellowship  (HP or architecture only—one award annually, $5,000). Awarded to support travel outside of North America that will advance his or her research and study aspirations in architecture, historic preservation, or both. Applicants must be in their final quarter of graduate study, declared majors in architecture or historic preservation, can travel within 120 days of graduating, and can demonstrate consistent academic excellence. A follow-up presentation (written or oral) is required. Awarded by application.
  • Clara A. Nasholm Scholarship (HP only allocation from College of Design scholarship fund—one award annually, $1,000). Awarded to students who can demonstrate cross-disciplinary work within the College of Design, academic merit, and financial need. Recipients may apply this scholarship toward studies at any College of Design main campus or satellite location, including international study program locations that are offered through the College of Design/UO. Awarded by faculty nomination.
  • Ellen M. Pennell Scholarship (HP only allocation from the College of Design scholarship fund—one award annually, $500-$1,000). Awarded to students who can demonstrate academic merit and financial need. Awarded by faculty nomination.  

Historic preservation students are often eligible for scholarships and awards offered through the College of Design and the UO respectively. Please visit the College of Design Scholarships and Awards page for details and deadlines as well as the UO Student Financial Aid and Scholarships page. In addition to applying for scholarships, the program strongly advises applicants to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—visit the Federal Student Aid website for more information. Many students qualify for federal work- study allowances as part of their FAFSA award package.

Employment Opportunities

Many preservation students have successfully located part- time employment while enrolled at the University of Oregon. Temporary, summer, and part-time jobs, both on campus and off, are listed on the UO Career Center website throughout the year.

On occasion, preservation-related work opportunities are available to qualified students who have completed their first year of course work. For example, students have been paid for documenting the Eagle Creek Overlook in the Columbia River Gorge, conducting paint analysis on private residences, surveying neighborhoods, writing a preservation plan for the Eugene Masonic Cemetery, and completing National Register nominations.