Summer Quarter Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Travel Grants

Application deadline:   rolling (early) & August 1 (regular), 2016

Applications are now open for the Summer Quarter round of GPSS Travel Grant funding. Eligible conference dates for this round are: July 15 – November 4, 2016


In an effort to help improve graduate and professional student life at the University of Washington, the GPSS Travel Grants Program contributes funds to qualifying individuals’ travel expenses for active conference participation in the US and abroad. This is done in an effort to facilitate and promote the intellectual and professional development of graduate and professional students at the University of Washington, but also to encourage mutually beneficial interaction among students and GPSS senators. GPSS travel grants further contribute to the strengthening of the University and its increased prominence in the greater scholarly community through the broadening of students’ personal and academic development through exposure to the work of others elsewhere. Students whose conference participation might otherwise be unfunded, have strong academic credentials and are making fair progress towards their respective degrees are encouraged to apply. Recipients will receive awards up to $300 for domestic conferences and $500 for international conferences.


UW (Seattle) graduate and professional students enrolled and in good standing may apply for this travel grant. Active participation (presenting a paper or poster, chairing a session or panel, etc.) at an academic conference is required and proof of acceptance is required with this application. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 to be considered.

Students may apply for this grant up to one term before participating in the conference event, during the term of participation.  Students may not apply for funding if their conference/event will occur before the quarter deadline. Only one application per conference event/presentation is permitted, however. Though students may apply only once per conference event, one may apply many times as they like during their UW student career for different events/presentations. One may only receive GPSS travel funding once every three years (with a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career).

For more information about this opportunity, including application materials and future funding rounds, see:

Summer 2016-2017 TA Position in the College of Engineering STARS Program

Application deadline:   Open until filled

The College of Engineering office of Diversity and Access needs a teaching assistant (50%, Summer 2016 – Spring 2017) to provide academic support for freshman and sophomore engineering students. The principle focus will be to support students participating in the Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) Program.  The position will provide support in freshman and sophomore mathematics and physics courses and assist students with building an understanding of the engineering disciplines.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of SAS Staff and Instructor:

  • Over the 2016 summer design a one credit “pre-physics” workshop to include basic calculus III components that are needed in order to be successful in physics.
  • Serve as lead teaching assistant for the STARS program Mathematical Problem Solving workshops offered during autumn quarter for first year students. Lead two sections of this ENGR 197 workshop tutorial that meet twice per week (including quizzes and grading).
  • Serve as lead teaching assistant for the STARS program Physics Prep course offered during winter quarter for second year students who will be taking physics 121 in the spring(ENGR 202 three credit course with lecture and workshop components)
  • Serve as lead course teaching assistant for the STARS program Physics 121 workshop offered during spring quarter.  Lead two sections of ENGR 197 workshop tutorial that meet twice per week.
  • Collaborate one-on-one or in small groups with students in the Engineering Academic Center to provide academic and learning skills support.
  • Attend scheduled meetings and training events for the STARS program and for the Engineering Academic Center tutors/workshop facilitators.


  • Undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, or physics.
  • Strong commitment to teaching required.  Teaching or tutoring experience desired.
  • Strong commitment to working with students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

This is a 50% FTE teaching assistant appointment and includes the standard tuition waiver and health benefits for TA’s. The salary is commensurate with each appointee’s academic standing.

The position is open until filled.  We will be reviewing applications as they are received and setting up interviews with the aim of filling the position by the end of May 2016.  Please send an email with your resume, cover letter, and an unofficial copy of your transcripts (undergraduate and graduate work) to Lynne Spencer (lspencer at uw dot edu).

Information on the STARS program is available here:

This position is an Academic Student Employee position covered by the UW/UAW 4121 contract.  More information about the union can be found at:
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

Summer 2016 TA Position in Biology

Application deadline:   May 6, 2016

The Department of Biology has an outstanding opportunity for a Biology Teaching Assistant – Summer 2016. Biology typically hires several non-Biology TAs every quarter, depending on commitments to Biology graduate students. TAs may be required to lead labs or quiz sections at lower division or upper division levels. Courses are offered in: Introductory Biology; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Plant Biology; and Physiology.


Attending lectures, teaching sections, grading, and additional course specific requirements of individual instructors.

For further information about possible courses see University course catalog and time schedules.


  • Currently registered UW Graduate Student in good standing and eligibility to hold a Graduate Student Assistantship.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Satisfactory grades in one or more upper division courses in the appropriate field.
  • Must be able to participate for the entire duration of the course, including final exam grading.
  • Must be available to lead labs and sections between 8 am and 7 pm.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application details, see UW Hires Req. # 132330.

Re:Gender Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award

Application deadline:   May 27, 2016

Re:Gender, formerly National Council for Research on Women, was established in 1981 by a group of feminist researchers who were looking to connect their similar organizations and promote research by and about women. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Dissertation Award creates an opportunity for a first-generation college graduate, including immigrant students, to continue working on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over an academic year.

The student must have completed all course work; have a dissertation advisor; and expect to have passed all preliminary examinations (i.e., ABD status) by the time the award begins in August 2016. This award is not restricted to U.S. citizens.

$10,000 will be awarded annually: $8,500 to a graduate student (preference is to award a student who identifies as a woman); and $1,500 to the student’s dissertation advisor for travel expenses related to the award.

The student’s dissertation must be related to Re:Gender’s mission to end gender inequity and its three program focus areas: Identity (social construction of gender, including intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, sexual identity, ability, geography, etc., as well as discrimination based on gender); Economic well-being (issues of economic justice, work fairness and business leadership); and Thriving environments (from personal safety, e.g., sexual assault, to community and global concerns, e.g., climate change and civic leadership).

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

2016-2017 RA Position in the Center for Multicultural Education

Application deadline:   June 1, 2016

Notification deadline: July 1, 2016
Start date: September 16, 2016

Basic Function and General Information:
Under the general supervision of the Director of the College of Education’s Center for Multicultural Education, the Research Assistant is responsible for assisting in the Center’s research projects and activities designed to improve practice related to equity issues, intergroup relations, and the achievement of students of color.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
To support the Center’s research activities, services, and symposia related to its research mission, the duties include:

  • Assist in ongoing research projects, including conducting database searches, writing research abstracts, preparing annotated bibliographies, and assisting in the writing of research reports and the dissemination of research findings.
  • Organize formal and informal symposium lecture series for College of Education faculty, students, and school administrators on issues related to racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity and education.
  • Coordinate communication with Center faculty associates regarding Center activities and multicultural courses.
  • Communicate with local and national school districts concerning the Center’s ongoing research activities and multicultural educational resources.
  • Consult with graduate students about multicultural courses offered through the Center for Multicultural Education.

General Qualifications:

  • A background in multicultural education and prior work experience in diverse settings is preferred.
  • Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits per quarter of employment.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to Professor James A. Banks at jbanks at uw dot edu.
In the cover letter assessment, please provide:

  • your background and abilities directly related to this position;
  • contact information for 2-3 references (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your work abilities.

Review of applications will begin upon receipt. Late applications will not be reviewed.
Application inquiries may be made to Professor Banks.



Japanese Government Scholarship for Graduate Research

Application deadline:   May 30, 2016

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to overseas students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as research students (either non-degree or degree students) under the 2017 Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program.

Scholarship benefits include: monthly stipend, airfare to and from Japan, and exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation and tuition.

Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan and must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants generally must have been born on or after April 2, 1982.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: and

2016-2017 TA Position in Japanese Language

Application deadline:   May 15, 2016

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature announces the availability of a Japanese language teaching assistant position for the entire academic year September 2016 – June 2017.

Job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching Japanese language classes daily (usually in the morning)
  • Making/grading tests and homework
  • Keeping student records
  • Participating in TA meetings
  • Collaborating with the supervisor and other TAs

All graduate students accepted by or currently enrolled in the University of Washington are eligible to apply for teaching assistant positions in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Strong preference is given to graduate students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Previous TA or instructional experience is a plus.

By the time of appointment, non-native English speaking applicants will have to provide a copy of their TOEFL/IELTS/TSE or VERSANT scores as a part of their application if they did not receive a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following countries: Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, or the United States.

Selection criteria include:

  • Proficiency in the target language
  • Command of spoken and written English
  • Academic standing
  • Evidence of effective teaching potential
  • Career plans involving teaching
  • Responsibility and the ability to work well with others
  • Knowledge of the grammar of the target language and the ability to explain it clearly
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Previous foreign language teaching course work and training

For complete information about this opportunity, including application instructions, see UW Hires Req. #132118

2016-2017 GSA Position in the Carlson Center

Application deadline:   May 12, 2016

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center (Carlson Center) develops service-learning, community-based participatory research, and service opportunities for UW students that sustain reciprocal partnerships, deepen learning, advance civic leadership, and contribute to our greater community. The Carlson Center is part of the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD), which connects undergraduate students to community-based learning, research, and scholarships.

Working at the Carlson Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about public service and the world of non-profit organizations, as well as to gain a better understanding of what is in involved in cultivating partnerships between the University of Washington, community-based organizations, and students.  Working at the Carlson Center also means having fun and joining a talented team of hard working and passionate people!  For detailed information about the Carlson Center visit

The Carlson Center is currently accepting applications for a Graduate Staff Assistant (GSA) to work primarily with our service-learning program. The service-learning program engages UW undergraduates in the community by combining community-based service opportunities with academic coursework.  The GSA will also help to coordinate other areas of Carlson Center programming and participate in Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity meetings and activities.

The GSA will work collaboratively on several areas within Carlson Center programming including:

  • Working with Carlson Center staff and community-based organizations to develop meaningful service-learning opportunities for University of Washington students that are consistent with the organization’s mission, interests, needs and capacity.
  • Presenting service-learning background and instructions to students in service-learning courses.
  • Working as a part of the Carlson Center team to advise and enroll service-learning students.
  • Assisting in coordination of service-learning logistics and front desk staffing in the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity.
  • Helping to create opportunities for community partners to engage in meaningful conversations with each other and the Carlson Center regarding the service-learning program, partnering with the University of Washington, and their role(s) as co-educators of students.
  • Working collaboratively with community partners and Carlson Center staff to implement additional critical engagement and reflection activities for students (such as workshops, one-day service opportunities, and opportunities to present their community-based work).



  • Full-time graduate student at the University of Washington
  • Experience and interest in working with community-based non-profit organizations
  • Desire to actively engage diverse populations of undergraduate students
  • Willingness to actively engage in addressing issues of structural inequity, power, and privilege in service-learning experiences
  • Work well both as a team member and independently
  • Ability to work under pressure, pay attention to detail, and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer literacy


  • Experience with database work is desired.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application instructions, see UW Hires Req. #132100

2016-2017 TA Positions in American Ethnic Studies

Application deadline:   May 2, 2016

There are currently 4 open Teaching Assistant positions in the American Ethnic Studies program.  These positions are available for the full academic year of 2016-2017.

Graduate TA duties and responsibilities may include the following (specific duties and responsibilities will be provided by course instructor):

  • Attend lectures
  • Conduct quiz section meetings
  • Facilitate discussions
  • Prepare review materials for quiz sections
  • Hold extra review sessions for exams
  • Hold regular office hours
  • Tutor students
  • Develop and maintain electronic bulletin boards, discussion sites, etc.
  • Grade assignments
  • Proctor exams
  • Score exams
  • Maintain grading records
  • Maintain course attendance records
  • Calculate quarter grades
  • Attend instructor/TA meetings
  • Act as liaison/mediator between student and professor
  • Present lectures when necessary
  • Prepare handout materials

Currently enrolled social science or humanities graduate student with knowledge and experience in Ethnic Studies or cultural diversity. Priority will be given to graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Knowledge in African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Chicano Studies.

Conditions of Employment:
Must be UW graduate student enrolled in classes for academic year 2016-2017.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application instructions, see UW Hires Req. #131507

UW Disability Studies Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund Grants

Application deadline:   May 22, 2016

The UW Disability Studies Program is pleased to announce that the Harlan Hahn Fund call for proposals is now open for Spring Quarter 2016. Current students, faculty, and staff from all three University of Washington campuses are invited to submit a grant proposal. Applications must describe research, writing, or activist projects that are framed within, aligned with, or potentially informed by the academic field of Disability Studies.

The Award

The Harlan Hahn Endowment Fund was established by the generous gift of the late Harlan D. Hahn, disability activist, political scientist, and disability studies scholar, to the University of Washington’s Disability Studies Program. The Harlan Hahn awards typically range between $500 and $5,000. The number and amount of the grants awarded depends on the quality of the individual projects and the overall number of eligible proposals received.

Awarded Harlan Hahn funds may be used for:

  • Support of academic research projects, pedagogical research, or writing projects in Disability Studies or informed by Disability Studies.
  • Travel to conferences in the field of Disability Studies or related to Disability Studies, to present research or to participate in the Disability Studies academic community.
  • Support for the development of a course with Disability Studies content.
  • Support for disability related activist endeavors (e.g. web development, meeting support) that are aligned with Disability Studies.

Eligibility Requirements


  • You must be an enrolled University of Washington undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application.
  • Eligible applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA in Disability Studies courses or equivalent demonstration of academic excellence in areas related to Disability Studies (e.g. courses completed in related disciplines, courses taught as a graduate teaching assistant, or scholarly work conducted as a research assistant).
  • Eligible applicants may also provide evidence of commitment to issues of social justice related to people with disabilities (e.g. work, volunteer, or activist experiences) and/or Disability Studies scholarship.

Faculty and staff:

  • You must be a University of Washington academic or staff employee with a minimum 50% appointment at the time of application.
  • Eligible applicants should have exhibited and sustained efforts towards incorporating the Disability Studies approach into research and/or teaching and contributing to the knowledge base of Disability Studies.
  • Eligible applicants may also provide evidence of commitment to issues of social justice related to people with disabilities (e.g. work, volunteer, or activist experiences) and/or Disability Studies scholarship.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: