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

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) Info Sessions

Application Deadline:   January 30, 2015

Information Sessions:

  • Undergraduate Fellowships Fair, Oct. 30, 10-2, Mary Gates Hall, FLAS Session 3:30-4:30 MGH 171
  • Thomson Hall Rm 317: Tu Nov. 04, 3:30-4:30, Th Nov. 20, 2:30-3:30; Th Dec. 4, 3:30-4:30
  • Smith Hall Rm 309: Wed Nov. 12, 3:30-4:30
  • UW Tacoma International Week, CP 331 (Cherry Parkes), Nov. 19, 12:30 PM

Information Sessions will cover FLAS benefits and requirements, the application process, and the use of FLAS awards abroad.

Program description:

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) are available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  FLAS Fellowships support the study of the following languages and their world regions:
-Arabic -Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian -Bulgarian -Burmese -Canadian First Nations -Chinese -Czech -Danish -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog -Finnish -French -German -Hebrew -Hindi -Indonesian/Malay -Italian -Japanese -Kazakh -Khmer -Korean -Latvian -Lithuanian -Norwegian -Persian -Polish -Portuguese -Russian -Slovenian -Spanish -Swahili -Swedish -Tajik -Thai -Turkish -Uighur -Urdu -Uzbek -Vietnamese

FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows:

Academic Year Graduate:        $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
Academic Year Undergraduate:    $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
Summer Graduate/Undergraduate:    $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

For more information, visit http://www.jsis.washington.edu/advise/flas/

Questions: email flas@uw.edu

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships Info Session

Application Deadline:   January 27, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Information Session:    Tuesday, October 14, 2014,  2:30pm, 171 Mary Gates Hall

This session will be hosted by Hannah Grossblatt, Boren Program Coordinator, and will cover both Undergraduate Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships. RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/239, though drop-ins are always welcome.

Program description

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Award amounts

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

For more information about the application process, click here.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

Deadline:   November 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (EST)

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the thirteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is available online at:  http://www.clscholarship.org
Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants.

Webinar (application tips):  Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm EST

Please RSVP to Sarah Bartfeld at sbartfeld@americancouncils.org
The link to access the webinar (on Friday, October 17th) is here: http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/LoginToSession.aspx?SessionCode=3iIkUsfTXOgsaYhgDDeAbQ%3d%3d
Past webinar recordings can be found here:
Webinar #1: http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/Recorded.aspx?SessionCode=pqXtXQvvpaE%3d
Webinar #2: http://live.wiziq.com/aliveext/Recorded.aspx?SessionCode=UBdsb5%2bZirI%3d

Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship Program

Application Deadline:   January 20, 2015

IAF’s Fellowships provide support for Ph.D. candidates to conduct dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean on topics related to grassroots development. Funding is for between four and 12 months.


  • Round-trip economy-class transportation to the field research site from the Fellow’s primary residence (in compliance with the Fly America Act);
  • A research allowance of up to $3,000, pro-rated monthly;
  • A stipend of $1,500 per month for up to 12 months, with partial months pro-rated;
  • Accident and sickness insurance;
  • Attendance at a required “mid-year” Grassroots Development Conference to share findings and discuss progress with each other, members of the IAF’s academic review committee and IAF and IIE staff.

Fellowships are available to currently registered students who have advanced to candidacy (by the time research begins) for the Ph.D. in the social sciences, physical sciences, technical fields and the professions as related to grassroots development issues. Applications for clinical research in the health field will NOT be considered.

Awards are based on both development and scholarly criteria. Proposals should offer a practical orientation to field-based information. In exceptional cases the IAF will support research reflecting a primary interest in macro questions of politics and economics but only as they relate to the environment of the poor. The Fellowship Program complements IAF’s support for grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and preference for those applicants whose careers or research projects are related to topics of greatest interest to the IAF. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Organizations promoting grassroots development among poor and disadvantaged peoples;
  • The financial sustainability and independence of development organizations;
  • Trends affecting historically excluded groups, such as African descendants, indigenous peoples, women, LGBT, people with disabilities and young people;
  • Transnational development;
  • The role of corporate social responsibility in grassroots development;
  • The impact of globalization on grassroots development;
  • The impact on the quality of life of the poor of grassroots development activities in such areas as sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, housing, health care, education, urban development, technology transfer, jobs creation, and marketing and small-enterprise development.

Funding is for between four and 12 months. Research during the 2015-2016 cycle must be initiated between June 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.

Complete application information and instructions are available at www.iie.org/iaf.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

Application Deadline:   November 4, 2014

Webinar:   October 15, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT     (https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/830607174)

General Description

“The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.”

Eligibility Criteria

“The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences—regardless of citizenship—enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Applicants to the 2015 IDRF competition must complete all PhD requirements except on-site research by the time the fellowship begins or by December 2015, whichever comes first.The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research. Proposals that identify the United States as a case for comparative inquiry are welcome; however, proposals that focus predominantly or exclusively on the United States are not eligible.

Applicants from select disciplines within the humanities (Art History, Architectural History, Classics, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Literature, Musicology, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Theory, and Religion) are welcome to request three or more months of funding for international on-site dissertation research in combination with site-specific research in the United States, for a total of nine to twelve months of funding. All other applicants (for instance, those in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, among others) must request nine to twelve months of on-site, site-specific dissertation research with a minimum of six months of research outside of the United States. Research within the United States must be site-specific (e.g., at a particular archive) and cannot be at the applicant’s home institution unless that institution has necessary site-specific research holdings. Please note that the IDRF program supports research only and may not be used for dissertation write-up.

Applicants who have completed significant funded dissertation research in one country by the start of their proposed IDRF research may be ineligible to apply to the IDRF to extend research time in the same country. Eligibility will be at the discretion of the IDRF program, depending on completed research time and funding. The IDRF program expects fellows to remain at their research site(s) for the full nine- to twelve-month funding period. The IDRF program will not support study at foreign universities, conference participation, or dissertation write-up. The program does not accept applications from PhD programs in law, business, medicine, nursing, or journalism, nor does it accept applications in doctoral programs that do not lead to a PhD.”

For complete program details, eligibility requirements, application instructions, and FAQs, see:


Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF)

Application Deadline:   October 15, 2014  (5:00 pm, EST)

General Description
“The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate innovative dissertation research proposals through workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing guided by peer review and faculty mentorship. The program seeks young scholars who are interested in strengthening their dissertation research plans through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. By the end of the fellowship, participating students will complete a draft proposal that can be reviewed with academic advisors and adapted for submission to an academic department and/or research funding agencies.”

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be currently matriculated in PhD programs at accredited universities in the United States.
Applicants may be US citizens or non-citizens.
Progress within graduate program: Applicants must have completed at least two full years of graduate study (MA and/or PhD) by the end of June 2015.
Applicants must be on track to obtain approval of their dissertation proposals and attain ABD status (that is, complete all but dissertation requirements in their program) after the September 2015 DPDF workshop but before the end of June 2016.
Applicants must commit to attend the spring and fall workshops in their entirety and to conduct at least six weeks of summer research away from their home institutions between the 2015 spring and fall workshops.
Students who have already submitted dissertation research proposals to their departments for approval or to funding agencies for support of their dissertation research are not eligible to apply to the DPDF Program.

For complete program details, eligibility requirements, application instructions, and FAQs, see: