University of Arizona / Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (UA/SIGP)


The University of Arizona is pleased to invite prospective Native American/Alaska Native graduate students to apply for admission and financial support to earn a master's and/or doctoral degrees in one of 60 graduate programs offered by the University of Arizona in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The University of Arizona/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Indigenous Graduate Partnership (UA/SIGP) is designed to address the national need for highly trained Native Americans/Alaska Natives who will spur economic development in their communities and occupy leadership positions in colleges, universities, government and industry.

The University of Arizona is a research extensive institution, recognized as one of the top 20 institutions in the United States. It is ranked 14th by the National Science Foundation in research expenditures. The university is one of few institutions in the country that houses the Colleges of Agriculture, Science, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, and a Cancer Center in the same campus, providing exciting opportunities for research and learning.

The University of Arizona has a strong track record of enrolling and graduating Native American students at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral level. Over 700 undergraduates and approximately 200 graduate and professional Native American students attend the University of Arizona. It ranks number one in conferring Ph.D.'s to Native Americans according to the National Science Foundation (

“The University of Arizona sits on the original homelands of indigenous peoples who have stewarded this land since time immemorial. Aligning with the university’s core value of a diverse and inclusive community, it is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture and history that make up the Wildcat community. At the institutional level, it is important to be proactive in broadening awareness throughout campus to ensure our students feel represented and valued.”

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Last updated 8 Jul 2020