Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) PhD Application Fee Waiver

Application: Rolling

The IHS PhD Application Fee Waiver awards up to $300 in application fee reimbursement to support you in your academic pursuits. With fewer application costs, you can apply to more programs and increase your chances of being accepted and funded in a graduate program.


The IHS Application Fee Waiver is available to undergraduates and recent graduates applying for full-time doctorate programs starting in the 2017-18 academic year. Here are a few additional requirements:

  • It’s essential that as an applicant, you show a demonstrated interest in focusing your studies on individual liberties and economic freedom.
  • All programs you are applying to should be in the humanities and social sciences.
  • All programs that you are applying to must be in the U.S. to be eligible for the application reimbursement.
  • The PhD Application Fee Waiver does not currently apply to business or law school program applications.

How it Works:

  1. Complete the PhD Application Fee Waiver application, including a list of the schools you intend to apply to, 60 days prior to submitting applications for admission. (Click here if you have already submitted all your graduate program applications.)
  2. You will be notified of your status within three weeks, indicating whether you have been chosen for an IHS Application Fee Waiver award, and if so, the amount that you will be receiving.
  3. Complete and submit your graduate school applications, including payment.
  4. Submit proof of application and receipts for application fees to the IHS program. coordinator within 30 days of submitting your application to receive reimbursement.

For more information and the application, click here

Graduate Staff Assistant (for UW Graduate School)

Application deadline: September 15, 2016

The Graduate School has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Staff Assistant.

The Graduate School solicits applications for a 50% one quarter Graduate Staff Assistantship (GSA) appointment (with possibility of re-appointment for additional quarters) to help analyze and present information and data related to UW graduate education.

Responsibilities will include:

-Assist in building internal data sources and reports to aid Graduate School staff in responding to ad-hoc data requests.
-Create and contribute to reports that communicate data and analysis to the UW and larger communities.
-Analyze and report on graduate education data. This will require using Graduate School databases, the UW Enterprise Data Warehouse, and other institutional, web and library sources. This will also require collaboration with Graduate School staff.
-Contribute to the development of Tableau dashboards for communication of graduate education data to the UW and larger communities.

The GSA will report to the Graduate School’s Institutional Data Analyst, and also work closely with the Director of Computing and Information Resources, Data Manager, and Data Integration & Reporting Specialist.

For more information and how to apply, click here.

Graduate Staff Assistant

Application deadline: September 16, 2016

The Academic Experience Design & Delivery (AXDD) unit within UW Information Technology (UW-IT) provides, develops, and supports teaching and learning tools, including the Canvas learning management system, lecture capture, and mobile apps for teaching and learning. AXDD emphasizes collaboration, teamwork, and innovation in a light-hearted environment. AXDD projects during 2016-17 will investigate the following topics: improving student retention through effective “nudging,” improving the undergraduate experience, assessment of student learning, and learning analytics.

AXDD is seeking a UW graduate student interested in education and technology research to serve as a Graduate Staff Assistant for Fall Quarter 2016, starting in September 2016 (depending on applicant availability). The appointment may be extended through the rest of the academic year.  The Graduate Staff Assistant will contribute to our effort to improve the UW student experience, with a specific focus on conducting research to understand the technology needs of students, instructors, and staff at the UW. The GSA will be part of AXDD’s Assessment team and will be involved in research activities including needs assessment, requirements gathering, surveys, and in-depth interviews. The GSA will work closely with other researchers on the Assessment team with an opportunity to work with software development project teams comprised of designers and engineers.

For more information and how to apply, click here. 

Library of Congress Kluge Center Kislak Fellowship

Application deadline:   October 15, 2016

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress offers two short-term fellowships annually for independent scholars, students, and college and university faculty to conduct research based on items from the Kislak Collection. The Kislak Short-term Fellowship is for a period of 3 months, at a stipend of $4,200 per month, for residential research at the Library of Congress.

The Kislak Fellows Program supports scholarly research that contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the history and cultures of the Americas. It provides an opportunity for concentrated use of materials from the Kislak Collection and other collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency at the Library. The program supports research projects in the disciplines of archaeology, history, cartography, epigraphy, linguistics, ethno-history, ethnography, bibliography and sociology, with particular emphasis on Florida, the circum-Caribbean region and Mesoamerica.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowships

Application deadline:   October 15, 2016

The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
 offers doctoral fellowships to non-Republic of China citizens. Doctoral candidates who are non-ROC citizens and who are enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, or South America may apply for financial support for writing dissertations in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Citizens of the ROC should apply for Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad.

Applicants should have completed all other requirements for their Ph.D. degree, and must be in the last stage of their doctoral program. The maximum amount of each award is US$18,000, which is given for a period extending to one year.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

For additional opportunities from the Foundation, see:


Application deadline: September 8, 2016

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 UW Libraries has an outstanding opportunity for a nine month (16 September, 2016 – 15 June, 2017) Graduate Staff Assistant with our Map Collection and Cartographic Information Services unit.

Under the general supervision of the Geospatial Data and Maps Librarian, assist library users and staff with GIS software, data discovery and manipulation, computerized mapping and data products; maintain GIS data discovery tools provided by the Libraries; staff the Libraries’ GIS Lab and coordinate activities of GIS Lab Assistant.

This position requires the performance of varied and complex duties involving a high degree of responsibility and judgment. This position requires significant experience or training with GIS software applications and data manipulation. Specific projects will be negotiated based upon the skills and interests of the candidate. Tuition waiver and stipend commensurate with student standing. 

For more information and how to apply, click here

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

Application deadlines:   October 15, 2016 (also March 15 and July 15, 2017)

In the spirit of AIDS activist, educator, and reality-show trailblazer Pedro Zamora’s work to combat the spread of HIV, AIDS United offers a public policy fellowship in his name.  The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking experience in public policy and government affairs focused on HIV/AIDS issues.

Duties include:

  • Assisting in researching a variety of public health and civil rights issues related to HIV prevention, treatment and care
  • Attending Congressional hearings and coalition meetings
  • Monitoring voting records
  • Reviewing the federal register and Congressional Record
  • Preparation of briefing materials, correspondence, and mailings

Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.  Fellows must commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week for 8 weeks.  The maximum period is 26 weeks.  Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or have secured the necessary visa for authorized work in the U.S. prior to application.

The fellowship includes a living stipend and is highly competitive.  Applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer terms.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

Application deadline:   October 1, 2016

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

An additional funding round will be held in spring 2017, with an application deadline of March 15, 2017.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

Application deadline: October 15, 2016

The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women and gender.

The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects.

The 2017 Fellowship competition will select ten Fellows who will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.


IF YES is the answer to following questions, you are eligible to apply

  • Have you completed all pre-dissertation requirements?
  • Are you writing on issues related to women, gender, women’s studies or feminist/gender/LGBTQ theory?
  • Are you enrolled in a graduate school in the United States?
  • Is your area of study in the humanities or social sciences?
  • Do you expect to complete the Ph.D. by summer 2018?

For more information and how to apply, click here. 


Application deadline: September 6, 2016

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) is an administrative division of the University that supports international education, research, and program activities at the University of Washington and around the world. OGA connects diverse internal and external networks of scholars, students and community leaders engaging in international issues and scholarship.

OGA seeks a graduate student to start in Fall Quarter 2016 as a 50% FTE salaried  Pre-doc Research Associate I to assist in the design and analysis of a data survey for use in the LAWB579 course taught in Fall 2016.


This position will work directly with Vice Provost Jeffrey Riedinger to design, conduct and analyze data collected on the implementation and impact of the People’s Republic of China’s 30-year agricultural land use rights policy using advancement econometric analysis. The data and analysis from this survey will contribute to the content and instruction of the LAWB579 course taught in Fall Quarter 2016.


•UW PhD Graduate Students Only
•Completion of a year-long sequence of graduate level econometrics courses
•Good understanding of identification strategies used in the fields of applied economics
•Demonstrate proficiency in Stata and sufficient experience with data cleaning, data management, descriptive and regression analyses using Stata software;
•Strong initiative and ability to work with little supervision
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•Excellent project management skills
•Strong organization skills and attention to detail

For more information and how to apply, click here.