Doctoral Fellowship Application FAQs

Q: Do I need to have a M.A. Degree before applying?

A: You do not need a M.A. before applying to the Ph.D. Program in many of the social science programs. In most cases you can apply with a B.A. and you will earn a M.A. en route to earning the Ph.D. Please contact the graduate advisor in the department at which you are applying for more details.

Q: Do I have to have a letter of acceptance to a Ph.D. Program at UNM before applying?

A: No. The only requirement is that you have submitted an application form to a University of
New Mexico social science Ph.D. program of interest by the 1/15/16 deadline.

Q: Are these fellowships only open to members of U.S. racial and ethnic underrepresented groups?

A: No. Anyone can apply; however, the fellowships are meant to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. workforce as UNM believes that this is an important effort that will help promote diverse views in health policy formation. Accordingly, the overwhelming majority of fellowships have been awarded to members of racial and ethnic minority groups (e.g., Native American, Hispanic, Black, etc.).

Q: Are Ph.D. applicants from Sociology, Political Science and Economics the only social science disciplines that will be considered?

A: No. UNM has identified Economics, Political Science and Sociology as the core social science programs with the greatest need for a diverse workforce so these applicants will be rated as higher priority. We have also funded many other students in other Ph.D. social science programs including Ph.D. students in Anthropology, Psychology and Communication and Journalism because they have provided evidence of their ability to contribute to the mission of the center. Note: Applicants from outside the College of Arts and Sciences will not be considered.
Q: What are the core social science programs? What are the other social science programs that will be considered?

A: UNM has identified a need to increase the number of Ph.D. earners from underrepresented communities (e.g., Native American, Hispanic, Black, etc.) in the following Ph.D. social science programs: Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. However, we have also awarded fellowships to other social sciences programs including anthropology, psychology, communication and journalism, etc. All University of New Mexico social science Ph.D. program applicants will be considered.

Q: How are GRE scores, GPA, letters of reference, my CV and the academic writing sample weighted by the Admissions Committee?

A: Applicants are expected to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as well as potential for future academic success.

Q: Which types of GRE scores are required?

A: A copy of your most recent GRE scores (verbal reasoning, quanitiative reasoning, and analytical writing) should be submitted with your application. Students who are currently enrolled in a PhD program at UNM can provide their most recent GRE scores, including scores from older GRE formats.

Q: What other factors are considered in making admission decisions?

A: In addition to academic indicators, the total applicant score is based around your personal background and contribution to a diverse workforce in terms of race and ethnicity. UNM acknowledges and appreciates the ethnically and racially diverse culture of the United States. The Admissions Committee looks to select applicants with personal backgrounds and unique life experiences that reflect this diversity. UNM seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented groups such as Native Americans, Hispanics, Blacks, and other racial and ethnic underrepresented groups in the development, implementation and analysis of health policy.

The total applicant score is also based on the applicant's genuine commitment to underrepresented communities. The Admissions Committee seeks applicants who show evidence of leadership and the potential to establish a research agenda or career that advances health policy and health justice among racial and ethnic minority communities.

Q: What will I be asked in the interview?

A: The interview will consist of questions that aim to understand the applicant's academic potential and personal commitment to become a health policy advocate and leader that works towards the advancement of health justice in underrepresented communities. The interview will also include questions about the applicant's research agenda and work with underrepresented communities.

Q: Will I earn a Ph.D. in Health Policy?
A: No. You will earn a Ph.D. in the department you enroll in. UNM research centers will serve as a research and policy hubs for health policy research that is of particular relevance for underrepresented communities in the U.S.

Q: I'm interested in doing research on health disparities in Latin America, Africa, Europe or other international setting, will I still be considered?

A: Yes, you will be considered; however, while global health is important please note that the  Health Policy Fellowships were created to conduct high quality health disparity research that addresses the pressing needs of underrepresented communities in the U.S. context.
Q: Are international students with J-1,F-1, or M-1 visas eligible?

A: Yes, you will be considered.