Cirtautas Fellowship in Central Asian Studies

Application deadline:   Ongoing


The Ilse D. Cirtautas Fellowship in Central Asian Studies is available for undergraduate or graduate students from any UW program who are studying Central Asia or who have lived in Central Asia.

The deadline is rolling, and one award is made per academic year. Applicants may submit their applications at any time until an award is made.


$1,000 for travel to Central Asia or to attend a conference such as ASEEES to present on the region.

Application Materials:

  • Statement of Purpose explaining how the funds will be used and how it will support academic pursuits.
  • One faculty letter of support.
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript.

Please Note: This award cannot be combined with a summer FLAS or other major UW summer travel funding. Students may combine the Cirtautas Fellowship with other non-UW summer funding only with approval from the Ellison Center.

To apply, please submit your application materials to reecas @ with the subject line “Cirtautas Fellowship Application”. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS) faculty and staff.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

RA Position in Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE)

Application deadline:   December 15, 2015

A Ph.D. research assistantship is available at the University of Washington to study critical infrastructure disaster resilience using natural language processing, expert elicitation, machine learning, and simulation modeling. Stipend (11mo/yr) and tuition waiver is available for a minimum of three years. The RAship will be funded by a multi-investigator, multi-institution National Science Foundation grant.

A strong preference is for the RA to be enrolled in the Ph.D. program in UW’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE). However, students enrolled in a different UW department will be considered (e.g., Computer Science and Engineering, iSchool, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geography, or Urban Design and Planning).

Minimum responsibilities will include 1) expert workshop design and facilitation, 2) qualitative and quantitative data compilation, 3) qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and 4) programming of a simulation of model of how various critical infrastructure are restored and recovered after minor and major disturbance events. Knowledge of Python is required (or evidence that the language can be learned quickly).

Some knowledge or past coursework related to some or all of the following topics is preferred but not required: disasters, infrastructure, urban planning, machine learning, simulation modeling, facilitation.

Evaluation of applications will emphasize technical ability, as well as demonstrating some background or potential related to social science or qualitative methods.

Since HCDE is a relatively new discipline, applicants can be expected to represent a wide range of backgrounds. For this project, some relevant degrees are computer science, geographic information science, civil engineering, applied math, and urban planning.

Anyone interested in the opportunity should contact Dr. Scott Miles (principal investigator) at milessb @

More information about the NSF grant can be found here:

 More information on the HCDE Ph.D. program can be found here:

Winter 2016+ RA Position in the START Center

Application deadline: December 4, 2015

The Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) Center in the Department of Global Health uses an innovative mentorship model to provide high-quality analysis and research support to public health organizations while developing applied research and analytic skills of graduate Research Assistants in global and domestic public health. Launched in 2011 through a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center now supports two programs. The Global Program works with the Gates Foundation and other organizations working in global health. The Domestic Program uses a similar model to work with state and local health departments, and other US-based public health organizations.

The START Center team includes graduate students and faculty mentors with diverse backgrounds in public health, clinical practice, epidemiology, and related fields. The Center partners with the Foster Global Innovation Fellows Program at the Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship to incorporate MBA students into our teams, integrating a business approach into our analyses. With combined field experience on six continents, START teams approach research questions with a nuanced understanding of the complex challenges that affect health in communities across the globe and here at home.

Position Summary:
This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Research Assistant (RA) with the START Center to develop practical skills in applied research and analysis, and work closely with faculty members to receive training and mentorship. Specific projects depend on client requests, but may include landscape analysis or background research on infectious causes of morbidity and mortality, and assessments of the state of science and practice related to global public health interventions. RAs work with faculty mentors to develop the project approach, and engage in research activities ranging from identifying, compiling and synthesizing available literature to conducting key informant interviews, performing empiric data analyses, and developing and presenting reports and materials. Project scope and content vary!

Faculty Supervisor(s):
Judd Walson, MD, MPH, Stephen Hawes, PhD, Ann Duerr, MD, MPH

Dates of Appointment:
Winter Quarter 2016 (potential to extend for additional quarters)

Position Type:
Schedule I RA appointment (50% appointment, approx. 20 hours/week, 220 hours/quarter). Under 50% schedule I appointments, tuition is paid by the RA-ship. There may be opportunities for extension in future quarters, dependent upon performance, project fit, program needs and funding.

This position is open to current graduate students at the University of Washington who will be enrolled in a degree program during Winter Quarter 2016.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively both as a team member and a team leader.
  • Quantitative and analytic skills.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and concepts and make sound judgments based on available information.
  • Experience in planning and managing tasks and deliverables.
  • Ability to ensure on-time delivery of high quality results.
  • Ability to adapt one’s leadership and communication style to a range of situations.

Application Instructions:
To apply, please send your complete application in one PDF attachment to Emily Allen (START Center Managing Director) at by 5:00 PM PST on Friday, December 4th, 2015. Please include “Last name, first name START RA App Winter 2016” in the email subject line, and please use the same naming convention for your attached PDF application. Failure to follow application directions outlined below will result in immediate disqualification of application.

Your complete application includes four components, in the following order:
1) Current CV/resume
2) Cover letter
3) Two-page writing sample –a sample written solely by the applicant
4) Contact information for two professional references –name, title, phone, and email

Blakemore Freeman Language Fellowships

Application deadline:   December 30, 2015

The Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages. Since 1990, the Foundation has awarded over $14 million in language grants to individuals using an East or Southeast Asian language in their careers.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, government service, and academia are encouraged to apply.

An applicant must have (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree and have completed at least three years of study of the language at the college level by the start of the grant.

Blakemore Refresher Grants provide individuals in mid-career an opportunity to refresh their advanced Asian language skills by attending a full-time language program for a summer or semester.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Winter 2016+ RA Position in the Graduate School

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

The Graduate School has an opening for a part-time 50% FTE Graduate School Research Assistant to assist with the data collection and writing of a report on Academic Program Reviews.

For over 40 years the Graduate School has been the administrative home for the academic program reviews. Executive Order 20 charges the Graduate School Dean to maintain a ten-year review process schedule. These reviews, managed by the Office of Academic Affairs and Planning in the Graduate School (, provide detailed information about undergraduate and graduate degree programs and graduate certificates. They offer academic programs the opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments and map out a future direction for ongoing excellence. The program reviews also present the opportunity to consider what might not be working optimally and seek input on ways to improve academic programs. The overarching purpose of the academic reviews is to guarantee the quality and value of UW degrees and academic programs. In addition to the ten-year reviews for established programs, new degree programs are reviewed five years after formal Board of Regents approval.

In this position the Research Assistant will work closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Planning and the staff of the Office of Academic Affairs & Planning to review the past five years of program reviews, identify key themes, trends, successes and challenges of academic programs at the University of Washington and to prepare a written report.

The position of Graduate Research Assistant is part-time 50% FTE for a 3-month appointment beginning winter quarter, 2016 (December 16 – March 15). Possible extension for an additional 3-month appointment through spring quarter (March 16-June 15) is contingent on available funding.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting an overview and assessment of data from the 10-year and 5-year program reviews of the past five years
  • Organizing data to highlight key trends and patterns of the reviews
  • Meeting regularly with the Associate Dean, the Academic Affairs and Planning team members, and the Graduate School’s Director of Communication and Marketing to develop the outline and complete the report


  • Must be a current and enrolled graduate student at the University of Washington
  • Must be an excellent writer with an emphasis on the ability to synthesize details, present data, and present complex material in a style geared towards administrative audiences.
  • Must be highly organized, able to work independently and collaboratively and be able maintain and safeguard confidential communication and documentation

To apply for this position, please submit the following materials to Associate Dean Rebecca Aanerud, The Graduate School.

All materials should be emailed to: . Review of applications begins December 1, 2015 and continues until filled.

  1. Cover Letter (1-2 pages)

It should include and address:

  • your qualifications for this position
  • your time availability to fulfill the responsibilities of this position
  • your interest in institutional assessment
  • names of two references with their position titles and contact information
  1. Current CV or Resume

Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience. Tuition waiver and GAIP benefits are included for the appointment period.

  1. Writing Sample (1-2 pages; non-academic writing if available)

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships

Application deadline:   December 18, 2015

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2015, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.


The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years.

The DoD will pay the fellow’s full tuition and required fees (not to include room and board). Stipend amounts have changed for the 2015-2016 academic year.

All Fellows, starting with the 2015 Class, will receive a total of $102,000.00 in stipend funds over the course of their 36-month program tenure. Stipends are prorated monthly based on a 12-month academic year.

If the fellow is not enrolled in an institutionally approved academic study and/or research activity during the summer months, financial support will not be provided. There are no dependency allowances. Persons with disabilities may be considered for additional allowances to offset special educational expenses.

The NDSEG Fellowship Program will also pay for the medical insurance coverage offered through the institution, up to a total value of $1,000 per year (this excludes dental and vision insurance). Any excess insurance costs will be the responsibility of the fellow.


The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States. The term “nationals” refers to native residents of a possession of the United States such as American Samoa. It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for U.S. citizenship. Persons who hold permanent resident status are not eligible. Proof of citizenship will be required upon formal offer.National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the fifteen following disciplines:

NDSEG Fellows do not incur any military or other service obligation.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

PEO International Peace Scholarship

Pre-application deadline:   December 15, 2015

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.

The maximum amount awarded to a student is $10,000. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.

The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to indicate additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarships.


  • An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
  • A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible.
  • Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships or for practical training if not combined with coursework.
  • In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.
  • Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working only on dissertations are not eligible as first-time applicants.

Application process

Interested applicants must submit an Eligibility Form online by December 15, 2016. Qualified applicants must submit application materials by March 1, 2016 or April 1, 2016 depending on enrollment status. More information about this process is available here:

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Application deadline:   December 15, 2015

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories. Online application and awards administration support is provided by Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) under Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.


Graduate students currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees in areas of physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology (non-medical), mathematics, engineering, computer or computational sciences, or specific areas of environmental sciences that are aligned with the mission of the Office of Science are eligible to apply for the supplemental research awards provided by the SCGSR program

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens at the time of application and be at least 18 years of age at the time of applying.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a Qualified Graduate Program with the Ph.D. as their degree objective. At the time of application, applicants must have obtained the Ph.D. candidacy at their home institution, and must have established a defined graduate thesis project and graduate thesis advisor.

Complete eligibility requirements are available here:


The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to support part of a graduate student’s thesis research to be conducted at a DOE laboratory. Supplemental awards are intended to cover incremental costs associated with living and travel expenses during the award period. Each awardee is eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • Living Stipend (up to $3,000/month)
  • Inbound and Outbound Transportation (up to $2,000)

The SCGSR program does not provide additional support for supplies, materials, or travel while conducting the SCGSR research project at the host DOE laboratory during the award period.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

2016-2017 Predoctoral Instructor Positions in the CHID Program

Application deadline:   November 30, 2015

Notification:  December 7, 2015
Acceptance: December 7, 2015

The Comparative History of Ideas Program is currently seeking applications for multiple single-quarter 20-hour/week Pre-(and Post)Doctoral Instructor appointments for the 2016-17 academic year.


Basic responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for all aspects of planning and teaching a course, which includes:
  • Preparation and/or revision of syllabus
  • Preparation and/or revision of course reader
  • Leading all class meetings
  • Hold weekly office hours
  • Manage and respond to course-related e-mail
  • Prepare test questions
  • Proctor exams
  • Score exams
  • Maintain grading records
  • Prepare course attendance records
  • Maintain course attendance records
  • Maintain records on individual students’ assignment completion
  • Calculate quarter grades
  • Request student assessments for course
  • Coordinate with OEA for course evaluations


All doctoral candidates currently enrolled in the University of Washington are eligible to apply for pre-doctoral instructor positions in CHID. Strong preference is given to graduate students with an interdisciplinary background in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Successful proposals (no more than 2 per applicant) will include a section describing the intellectual and curricular goals of the class in addition to a reading and assignment schedule. Applicants should also address how the class fits into the CHID curriculum as far as our major requirement categories (“Power and Difference”, Ideas in the World”, “Cultural and Historical Encounters”: as well as class types (see below).

Additionally, please include desired class size and the quarter you would prefer to offer the class. In general, CHID 250 has an enrollment of 40 and CHID 390, CHID 480, CHID 490, and CHID 495 have an enrollment cap of 25. If there are any additional course fees, please indicate that in the proposal. CHID is particularly interested in proposals that address the following themes:

  • Affect (especially a 200-level course)
  • Global Indigeneity
  • New Media/Pop Culture (critical gaming, comics, graphic novels, etc)
  • Politics of aesthetics
  • Writing (composition, creative writing, creative non-fiction)
  • Cultural Politics of Music
  • Knowledge production/creation

Class types:

CHID 250 Special Topics: Introduction to the History of Ideas (5) I&S
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Group A major/minor requirement.
CHID 390 Colloquium in the History of Ideas (5) I&S
Basic theoretical issues in the comparative history of ideas as a disciplined mode of inquiry; examination of representative historical figures and problems. Primarily for majors.
CHID 480 Special Topics: Advanced Study of the History of Ideas (5) I&S
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective.
CHID 490 Research Seminar (5) VLPA/I&S
Intensive readings in specific topic. Students complete individual research projects. Satisfies the CHID senior thesis requirement. Prerequisite: CHID 390.
CHID 495 Close Readings in Theory (5) I&S
Close readings of a specific work, author, artist, or body of work.

How to apply:

Application materials are due 11/30/2015 by midnight either via email to María Elena García and Mona Halcomb in CHID. They can be submitted electronically to meg71 @ and mhal7 @ or in hard copy to the CHID main office in Padelford B102.

This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit Union Information.

For complete information about this opportunity, see UW Hires Req #126886

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Career Development Grants

Application deadline:   December 15, 2015

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since it founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

The organization awards a range of fellowships and grants for graduate study each year.

Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2011. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care.

Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are not available for doctorate-level work.

Awards amounts range from $2,000–$12,000.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: