Ethnic Studies Ph.D. Program Application Information

New students are admitted in the Fall quarter of each academic year.

Graduate Student Funding

All admitted PhD students will receive the following funding (including International Students):

For Years 1 & 2:  Students are typically supported with a fellowship to help cover living expenses and to cover fees & tuition. Annual stipend is $23,300 minimum per year for the first two years, plus the tuition & fees are also covered in full. (stipends are paid annually over 12 months).

Years 3-5:  Students are required to work as Teaching Assistants for the Ethnic Studies Department or for UCSD’s Undergraduate Writing Programs. We guarantee employment for 3rd, 4th and 5th year students as Teaching Assistants with a minimum salary of $23,300 for the nine month academic year, which also includes tuition and fee remission (tuition & fees are covered by the TA'ship & Department). 

- In addition students have the opportunity to apply for Summer Graduate Student Researcher positions and for outside fellowship funding opportunities.

Year 6:  Most students continue to work as Teaching Assistants, but some students have been able to successfully compete for dissertation fellowships. The university and department have a six year support time limit for graduate students. 

Application Requirements 

  • The Statement of Purpose (no more than 2500 words)
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended after high school must be uploaded to the online application; students who are admitted to the program will be required to submit official transcripts (to the UCSD Graduate Division) when they are admitted.
  • At least one writing sample (e.g., research paper) should be uploaded to the online application as a .pdf file.  The writing sample should be no more than 15-30 pages of original research that demonstrates your writing ability and experience with scholarly research, ideally on a topic related to ethnic studies.
  • Resume/CV
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required

International Applicants

  • A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.
    • The following test(s) are accepted by this department:
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
      • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
      • PTE (Pearson Test of English)

For more details and additional application requirements for international students, please go to:

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Application & Admission

New students are admitted in the Fall quarter of each academic year.

The application period is now closed. We will be accepting applications for Fall 2022 admissions starting September 15, 2021. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

UCSD Official Application for Admission and Awards and the application fee are submitted through the UCSD Online Application Form.

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