UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Application Deadline:  January 12, 2015 (by 12 noon PST)

The 2015 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available. This fellowship offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.

David Bonderman – the donor – wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.

Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2015. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.


All applicants must be enrolled (“on leave” status is not considered enrolled) and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Additionally:

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: All students in graduate or professional degree programs are eligible to apply.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.7 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2015; OR
  • participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2015. Undergraduates in one of these Honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.7 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity, please attend one of the information sessions listed on the website.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noonJanuary 12, 2015.

Information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at: bonderman.uw.edu

Winter & Spring 2015 RA Position in the Information School (Project Information Literacy)

Application Deadline:   November 7, 2014

Job Dates: 12/16/2014 to 6/15/2015
Location: Information School


This position will average 20 hours per week.

Position Description
Project Information Literacy (PIL), a national and ongoing research study, in partnership with the University of Washington’s Information School, is in the second year of a two-year quantitative study about lifelong learning and recent college graduates. During the second year, data will be collected using follow up telephone interviews and analyzing data from a large-scale online survey administered in fall 2014, as funded by the federal agency, The Institute of Museum and Library Services. The study is investigating how a sample of relatively recent graduates from nine colleges and universities in the US put information literacy competencies into practice as they meet their lifelong learning needs for staying competitive and employable in the workplace and engaging in civic affairs and personal development in life at large.

This position purpose is to work under the direction of the Principal Investigator, providing overall project coordination for the duration of the two-year grant (September 2013 – September 2015). The RA participates in carrying out the following research activities:
Scheduling, managing, and conducting follow up interviews with subjects that are recent college graduates, contributing expertise to interpreting both qualitative and quantitative findings and their significance, running statistical analysis of data from the online survey results, and writing reports and making presentations, as needed, about research findings.

Duties include:
• Conducting follow-up interviewing of subjects
•  Contributing expertise to survey data analysis (including interpretation of  statistical results)
•  Analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and write up findings memos of key findings
•  Contributing content to the PIL Web site and research report
•  Conducting “Smart Talk” interviews with leading thinkers
•  Making presentations, writing papers, and sharing findings with larger academic community

• Currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Washington
• Must be enrolled in at least 10 credits during winter and spring quarters
• Significant knowledge about quantitative data analysis
• Significant qualitative research experience
• Understanding of information literacy and lifelong learning
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong attention to detail
• Able to work efficiently and independently in a rapidly changing work environment
• Computer-proficient and comfortable using software applications such as Windows, Microsoft Office, and UW’s Catalyst System.
• Demonstrated experience using research software such as SPSS and interpreting statistical results
• CITI certified for engaging in data collection and data analysis

Desired qualifications
• Experience working in a virtual team setting
•  Experience collaborating with a geographically diverse research team
•  Experience conducting telephone interviews
•  Experience with writing research briefs and publications

This position is open to all currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Washington. This position is eligible for tuition waiver and benefits. Questions regarding salary and benefits should be directed to Angela Czaja, HR Coordinator, at peter164@uw.edu.

To apply
1. Please include a cover letter briefly describing your skills and experiences relevant to this type of position in one page or less
2. Attach a current resume that includes your work history and academic accomplishments

iSchool students, please submit all application materials via iCareers, job #  1943.
Non-Information School students can apply through Husky Jobs, number  83462.

Please submit all applications no later than Friday, November 7th, 2014  to be considered for this position.  All applicants will be contacted within two weeks after of the closing date.

Note: This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit:www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/union-info.html

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are encouraged to apply.

Current GSA Position in the Office of Research Information Services (Visual/Interaction Designer)

Application Deadline:   Open until filled

Department:                   Office of Research Information Services
Date Available:              11/3/2014

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Office of Research Information Services has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Staff Assistant to aid in the design, creation, and maintenance of websites for the University of Washington’s Office or Research and subsidiary offices.

Department: Office of Research Information Services, Office of Research

Job Location: UW Tower, 4333 Brooklyn Avenue NE


The Office of Research Information Services (ORIS) goal is to alleviate the administrative burden for the UW community of researchers and research staff. The unit provides senior systems development, technical expertise and consultation to the University; creates and maintains web pages; prepares requirements definitions for client departments; develops and generates reports; designs and implements appropriate solutions; identifies and solves operational problems relating to networks, distributed services, mainframe systems and end-user specific tools. The systems and services that ORIS provides help support UW’s position as one of the top research institutions in the world.

The Office of Research Information Services is seeking a highly motivated, well-organized UW graduate student interested in web graphic design to serve as a Graduate Staff Assistant starting in Fall Quarter. The Graduate Staff Assistant will support the University of Washington’s Office of Research websites by designing and creating new websites, webpages, updating content and enhancing existing web pages, leveraging wireframes, prototypes, user research throughout the design process. The supported websites are developed in HTML, PHP and MySQL and experience with these technologies is required.

Duties include:

  • Develop design concepts, wireframes, prototypes of web pages, site enhancements and new features
  • Contribute to website information architecture and user interface decisions, working seamlessly with User Experience, Front-end Development, Business Analysts, Communications and Content Strategy team members.
  • Contribute to project assessments and requirement gathering sessions with business partner, working with Business Analysts, Product Managers and ORIS leadership
  • Assist with writing, editing and updating web content
  • Enhance existing web pages
  • Other duties as needed


  • Currently registered UW Graduate Student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship
  • Strong Adobe Creative Suite skills
  • Experience with HTML, PHP, MySQL
  • Be accountable for meeting necessary schedules and deadlines
  • Reliable, responsible, punctual, and well organized
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Experience designing WordPress websites

Desired (not required) Skills:

  • Knowledge of CodeIgniter, Symfony, Zend Framework, or other PHP MVC-style web frameworks
  •  Experience with CSS, JavaScript and jQuery
  • Experience with Microsoft software development technologies such as C#, ASP.Net, MS SQL
  • Hands-on experience with JQuery

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Condition of Employment:

Candidates are hired through graduate appointments; applicants must therefore be enrolled at the UW and be in good standing with ten credits or more of graduate coursework during autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Applicants in state-funded programs will be eligible for the standard tuition waiver if these conditions are met. Applicants in fee-based programs are eligible for quarterly payments towards their course fees that are equivalent to Graduate Tier 1 resident full-time tuition. Applicants must also be able to work 20 hours from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm. The appointment carries a stipend, tuition waiver, and health benefits.

A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.


Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience.


Salary information: http://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa/salary-schedules.shtml

This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/laborrel/contracts/uaw/contract/preamble.html

How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to orishr@uw.edu. Resumes must be submitted electronically to be considered.

Confucius China Studies Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship & Info Session

A representative from the Institute of International Education (IIE) will hold an information session about the new Confucius China Studies Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. The representative will also answer questions about other IIE programs, such as the Boren, Fulbright, and Gilman.

The Confucius China Studies Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the launch of the Confucius China Studies Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship. Applications are now open, and will be accepted until the deadline of January 29, 2015 for awards starting in the fall of 2015. The Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP) Fellowship offers generous funding to students in doctoral programs at U.S. institutions who are pursuing China-related research across a broad range of fields in the arts, education, humanities and social sciences. Successful applicants will be supported for a period of at least six months to up to two years as they pursue research at one of 15 designated universities in China.

60 grants will be available in 2015.

The CCSP Fellowship includes:

-          An annual living stipend (80,000 RMB, approximately 12,900 USD)

-          An annual research stipend (20,000 RMB, approximately 3,200 USD)

-          Host university tuition

-          Travel to and from China

-          Insurance coverage

-          Pre-departure orientation at IIE’s central office in New York

-          Airfare coverage for a research visit to China by the recipient’s home university advisor.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must meet the following criteria:

-          Be enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution (a terminal master’s program does not meet this requirement)

-          Be pursuing China-related research in the arts, education, humanities, or social sciences

-          Have an HSK score of at least level 3

-          Not be a citizen of the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macao), or Taiwan

-          Will not have extensive experience in China prior to graduate school enrollment (i.e., will not have been enrolled as a degree-seeking high school or undergraduate student Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macao)

All materials must be submitted and received by January 29 (not postmarked), and candidates will be notified of the results of their application beginning in April, 2015. Recipients of this award will begin their research in China in the fall semester of 2015.

For more information on the award package, eligibility, timeline, and the application itself, please visit www.iie.org/CCSP

10/30/14 Scholarship & Fellowship Fair

The 2014 Undergraduate Scholarship & Fellowship Fair will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Mary Gates Hall Commons.

This event is an opportunity for UW undergraduates and alumni to learn about and explore the variety of scholarships, fellowships, and other funded programs to consider for undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate years. Program representatives from over 30 UW, local and national organizations, agencies, departments, etc. will be tabling, as well as offering information sessions throughout the day.

The list of participating programs is available at http://expd.washington.edu/scholarshipfair

Information sessions (all held in MGH 171):
National Institutes of Health – 10:30am
Marshall Scholarship Program – 11:30am
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship – 12:30pm
Rhodes Scholarships – 1:00pm
USAID Donald M. Payne Fellowship & Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowships – 2:30pm
Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship – 3:30pm

Please see http://expd.washington.edu/scholarshipfair/forstudents for complete information session details and to RSVP for sessions.

Contact the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards with questions.


Winter or Spring 2015 UW Fellowship: Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium (WSGC)

Application Deadline:   December 5, 2014

The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) is currently offering
graduate fellowships at the University of Washington for winter or spring
Applications are desired from graduate students pursuing STEM degrees.

The WSGC fellowship provides a $5,500 stipend award, tuition and GAIP for
either spring or winter 2015. Successful applicants designate which academic
quarter s/he would prefer to apply the fellowship once offers are made.
Applications are due on December 5, 2014 and may be found at the following

The goal of WSGC is to contribute to the nation’s science enterprise by
funding education, research, and informal education projects through a
national network of university-based Space Grant consortia.
If you have additional questions, email nasa@uw.edu

UW Doi Doctoral Student Research Fund

Application Deadlines:   November 1, 2014;  February 1, 2015;  May 1, 2015

Former Dean Doi established the Doi Research Fund to help defray unusual costs associated with the completion of especially worthy doctoral dissertations. To apply for this funding, download and complete the application and upload it to the Student Application Submission dropbox. Doi applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. The quarterly application deadlines are 11:59 p.m. on November 1st, February 1st and May 1st.

For more information, to find the application, and to submit materials, visit https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/edinfo/33390.

Allowable Costs
It was the intent of Dean Doi to help with “unusual” costs not typical of most dissertations.  For example, the award might be used to help pay for mailing costs associated with an extensive survey, but not for ordinary correspondence; the costs of leasing or purchasing unusual equipment, but not for purchasing a general use computer; the costs of professional transcription of extensive interviews, but not to pay for simple editing services to prepare the final dissertation.

Amount of Award
No present limits are placed on the potential amount of an award, but limits on the resources provided by the fund established by Dean Doi and the anticipated number of awards each year usually result in individual awards of a few hundred dollars, rather than thousands of dollars.  A student may request an award of any amount, but the final award might be for some smaller amount.  Students are asked to request support only for activities or items that cannot be adequately supported through other means.

Review Criteria
Applications will be reviewed and awarded on the basis of the apparent merit of the dissertation research, the strength of the applicant’s academic or dissertation advisor’s letter of support, and the justification of expenses for which support is requested.  When evaluating the justification for expenses, the review committee will consider the importance of supported activities and items to the completion of the dissertation research, the degree to which those expenses can be considered beyond those normally incurred by students in the course of their dissertation research, and the possibility that support for those activities might be more appropriately obtained elsewhere.

Reporting Obligation
Upon completion of their dissertation, or within a maximum of 1 year from the date of the award, recipients of a Doi award must submit to Faculty Council an abstract of their completed dissertation and a complete accounting of the uses to which the Doi award was put, including original receipts for all expenditures.  Specific details and forms for the financial records may be obtained from the College of Education Dean’s Office.

To apply for an award: 
A student must (1) upload a completed application  to the Student Application Submission dropbox and (2) submit a letter of support from the student’s academic or dissertation advisor. If your advisor would like to submit the letter independently, please provide them with the appropriate link (https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/edinfo/33390) and request that they submit it to the “Faculty Statement of Support Submission” dropbox. Award materials should be submitted online through the Student Application Submission dropbox. Applications may be submitted at any time, even after the dissertation expenses have been incurred. Faculty Council will review the submissions quarterly to ensure all qualified applications in a given year are considered.

Drop-in hours cancelled for Tuesday, 10/21

There will be no GFIS drop-in hours on Tuesday, 10/21. Normal hours (1:30-2:30 pm) will be held on Thursday, 10/23.

Consider attending our Autumn Quarter general workshop:

“Finding Funding for Grad School”

This GFIS workshop will introduce current UW graduate (Masters and Ph.D.) students to funding resources to locate fellowships, scholarships, grants, and student employment opportunities to help finance their graduate education, research and travel. The workshop provides an overview of databases and search strategies for finding funding,  as well as the timeline for applying for fellowships and grants. It is suggested (but not required) that students bring a laptop or tablet to navigate along during the presentation.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 3:30-4:30 pm

Research Commons, Allen Library South (Ground Floor), Room Green A

Sponsored by UW Libraries, UW Graduate School, & UW Information School.

Winter 2015 TA positions at the iSchool

Priority Application Deadline:   October 28, 2014

The UW Information School (iSchool) has several Graduate Teaching Assistantships available for Winter Quarter 2015.

See the complete job descriptions at the links below.

Graduate Capstone Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant Pool

Last-minute notice: Winter 2015 GSSA Positions, Undergraduate Admission Review Readers

Application Deadline:   October 16, 2014

WINTER 2015 Graduate Assistantships: Admissions Readers


UWHires Requisition #112232  (This position was initially miscategorized on UWHires but is available now.)

CLASSIFICATION:  Graduate Staff Assistant

POSITIONS: Undergraduate Admissions Review Readers, multiple positions
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT:  December 16, 2014-February 28, 2015 (five pay periods).  Must be available for weekday training December 16-19, plus January 2—no exceptions.  On December 16, training will run for approximately 5 hours.
HOURS:  183 hours over 5 pay periods; approximately 19 hours per week.  All files must be read in the Office of Admissions during regular office hours or during the optional, extended evening hours and Saturdays.  No files will be taken home.  Available work hours:  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. weekdays; extended in-office reading hours until 8:00 p.m. several nights each week; weekly Saturday hours for those who wish to use them.
SALARY:  Major components of tuition plus standard salary; salary is commensurate with student standing.
CREDIT LOAD:  Must be formally enrolled in the UW Graduate School in a tuition-based (state-funded) program for at least 10 credits during winter quarter 2015.  Fee-based (self-sustaining) programs not eligible for tuition waiver.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is seeking graduate students for graduate student service appointments during winter quarter 2015.  These positions offer a valuable, hands-on opportunity to participate with Admissions professionals in the review of undergraduate applications for autumn quarter 2015.

Readers will assess freshman applications, using a combination of personal and academic factors.  Applications are assessed by two Readers separately, and final admission decisions are made by Admissions administrators, based on Reader assessments.
REQUIRED: Ability to do the following:  read and evaluate applications, considering both academic and personal factors; learn quickly and apply complicated assessment guidelines; apply assessment principles without personal bias; read rapidly and accurately; work independently for hours at a time.
Sensitivity to diversity/multicultural issues and educational disadvantage; familiarity with U.S. high school systems.
APPLY:  Through UWHires, requisition#112232.  In addition to a resume, and in place of a traditional cover letter, you must submit a letter that addresses the following questions in a total of 500 words or less:
Question 1:  Your assignment is to select a strong and diverse class of freshmen for the University of Washington.  What is the meaning of “strong and diverse?”  What academic and personal factors would you choose to consider in reviewing applications for the desired freshman class, and why?
Question 2:  How will you objectively evaluate an applicant whose views conflict with yours?  Is it ever appropriate to use judgment based on personal opinion in reviewing for admission to a public university?  Please give an example to illustrate your decision.
Your application will not be considered complete, nor will it be reviewed, without the required letter addressing the questions above.
NOTIFICATION DATES:  We will notify those accepted for the positions by October 30, 2014.
CONTACT IN UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS:  Robin Hennes, Assistant Director:  rchennes@uw.edu; 206.616.3862
The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu