Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Application deadline:   February 20, 2016

Resources for the Future (RFF) awards academic fellowships of $18,000 in support of doctoral dissertation research on issues related to the environment, natural resources, or energy. Awardees will be invited to give a presentation of their research at RFF, for which RFF will pay reasonable travel expenses.

RFF’s primary research disciplines are economics and other social sciences, and proposals originating in these fields will have the greatest likelihood of success. Proposals from the physical or biological sciences must have an immediate and obvious link to environmental policy matters.


This fellowship supports graduate students in the final year of their dissertation research. Fellowship applicants for 2016–2017 must expect to complete all requirements for their doctorate by the end of summer 2017. Applicants must also have completed the preliminary examinations for their doctorate prior to the application deadline.
The program is open to both US and non-US citizens, provided that the latter have proper work and residency documentation.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:


Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program

Application deadline:   February 1, 2016

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and  beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and education. This program enables students to work on specific projects under the direction of SERC’s professional staff and is tailored to provide the maximum educational benefit to each participant.

Projects include terrestrial, atmospheric and estuarine environmental research within the disciplines of ecology, biology, chemistry, microbiology, botany, zoology, mathematics and physics. Projects are also offered in environmental education and environmental information management.

Although students will become familiar with all the  research being conducted by a particular staff member and with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to a project and content area of particular interest to them.

Selected candidates will receive a stipend of $500.00 per week.

U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Winter 2015 TA Positions in the Biology Department

Application deadline:   November 13, 2015

50% FTE temporary Winter Quarter 2016 teaching assistant position(s) are available in the Biology Department.

Biology typically hires between one and eight 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.

Responsibilities include: 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.

Must be a currently registered UW graduate student in good standing and eligible to hold a graduate student assistantship (students in fee-based programs are not eligible for appointment).
Availability for entire appointment time frame 12/16/2015-3/15/2015.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Satisfactory grades in one or more upper division courses in the appropriate field.

Fill out form available at:, and submit electronically to benlw @ along with current CV, contact information for 2-3 references and proof of appropriate coursework.

Application Deadline: November 13, 2015.
Notification date: as soon as possible after position closes
Acceptance date: Within 3 days of offer

Conditions of Employment:
Must be able to participate for the entire duration of the course.

Salary:   Biology variable TA rate. Health insurance and operating fee waiver for eligible graduate students.
Union Position:   Yes. 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.
Appointing Department Web Address:

HHMI International Student Research Fellowships

Campus deadline (UW nomination):   October 30, 2015

Program description

The HHMI International Student Research Fellowships are designed to facilitate the research training of outstanding international predoctoral students in the biomedical and related sciences, including physical and mathematical sciences.

This fellowship program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies.

Students invited to participate in this program are eligible for a fellowship to support years three, four, and five of a PhD program. Eligible fields of study include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology—as well as interdisciplinary research.


Students cannot apply directly for this award; nominations must come from the department to the UW Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards. Students should contact their academic department about the nomination process being used.

Eligible students:

  • have demonstrated exceptional talent for research,
  • are in the second or third year of graduate study,
  • have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research, and
  • are not U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.


  • Up to Three years
  • Supports years three, four, and five of a PhD program
  • 2016–2017 fellowship year: $43,000

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grant

Application deadline:   October 19, 2015

The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.

The Exploration Fund Grant is for graduate, post-graduate, doctorate and early career post-doctoral students. It provides grants in support of exploration and field research for those who are just beginning their research careers.

Awards range from $500 to $5,000. The average award is approximately $2,500. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.

Generally The Explorers Club considers research proposals in a wide array of disciplines, including:

  • Climate Change, Geoscience, Paleoclimate (i.e. Early Earth, Tectonics, Volcanism, Paleontology, Glaciology, Geophysics, Astronomy)
  • Marine Science, Marine Biology, Marine Life, Fish, Coral, Ocean, Fresh Water, Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries
  • Anthropology/Archeology
  • Plants and Molds
  • Animals
  • Conservation Science​

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Hertz Graduate Fellowships

Application deadline:   October 30, 2015

The Fanny & John Hertz Graduate Fellowships support graduate education of students of outstanding potential in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences. The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. The cost-of-education allowance is accepted by all of the participating schools (including the University of Washington) in lieu of all fees and tuition. Hertz Fellows therefore have no liability for any ordinary educational costs, regardless of their choice among participating schools.

Eligible applicants for Hertz Fellowships must be students of the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, and who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency (see Moral Commitment section). There are several fellowship options, with stipends of up to $38,000 per year; see for more details.

College seniors wishing to pursue the PhD degree in any of the fields of particular interest to the Foundation, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. The Foundation generally does not award fellowships to students who are already beyond their first year of graduate study except in cases of “exceptional leverage.” Such awards are very rare—only three have been made in the past 10 years.

The Foundation does not support students pursuing advanced professional degrees other than the PhD, such as enrollees in MD, LLD or MBA programs, although they will support the PhD portion of a joint MD/PhD study program. For a list of general fields of study in which Graduate Fellowships are offered by the Foundation, see Fields.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application materials and award amounts, see:

NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences

Application deadline:   October 8, 2015

The National Science Foundation awards Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in selected areas of the biological sciences. Proposals must fall within the scope of any of the clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) or the Behavioral Systems Cluster in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS). These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research for improvement beyond the already existing project. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research.

Students doing international research, having a formal affiliation with a foreign research institution, may contact the appropriate program in NSF’s Office of International and Integrative Activities.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application materials, see:

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Application deadline:   September 9, 2015

About the Program

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 18th year, is a full-time hands-on training and educational program that provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

Each year, applicants from around the world become part of an Academies’ committee, board, or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy.  An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

Alumni of the program hold positions in Congressional committees such as the House Science and Technology Committee and at federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. They also work in foreign governments, in international institutions such as the European Union and World Bank, in universities, and in the private sector.

  • This is NOT a scholarship. This program is NOT employment, does NOT fund research, research-related activities, award scholarships, or provide financial aid assistance of any kind.  A stipend is provided to offset living expenses during the fellowship period.
  • Eligibility. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years may apply.  Areas of study may include social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law/business/public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields. Learn more about eligibility.
  • Reference Requirements.  TWO online references must be received prior to application submission.  You will NOT be able to submit your application until BOTH references have been received. References must be relevant to your academic, professional, volunteer or other related experience.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

Fall 2015 TA Position in the School of Nursing

Application deadline:   July 17, 2015  (5:00 pm)

A Teaching Assistant is needed to provide support for NURS 301: Clinically Oriented Anatomy and Physiology. This course takes a systems level approach to human anatomy and physiology, both normal and pathological. Lectures are held on Wednesday 4:00-4:50 and every other Friday 10:30-12:30; case studies are discussed during the following hour (12:30-1:30). On alternate Fridays students attend gross anatomy lab (10:30-2:30).

Roles and Responsibilities of the TA:  The Teaching Assistant will work with the instructor to provide assistance. Specific tasks include:

    • Grading homework (weekly short answer problem sets)
    • Posting homework grades to Canvas Gradebook
    • Assist in gross anatomy lab
    • Help grade anatomy worksheets
    • Help construct and revise exams and quizzes
    • Other duties as needed


  • Graduate student in a Health Sciences program
  • Familiarity with Canvas and with Excel
  • Experience with gross anatomy
  • Teaching experience
  • Clinical experience highly desirable

Duration: Autumn Quarter (Sept. 16, 2015 – Dec. 15, 2015). This is a three month position. Exact dates and hours will be arranged between the TA and the course director, Dr. Helen Sherk.

Applications: Please send an email with your resume and cover letter to Helen Sherk at Include the position and course number you are applying for in the subject line by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 17, 2015

Tuition waivers/coverage for 50% FTE ASE appointments (per UW School of Nursing SAS Memorandum 35):

  • Tuition-based students who are hired as ASEs (TAs/RAs/SAs) in the UW School of Nursing, receive a resident operating and tech fee waiver, and a waiver of the non-resident differential, if any, in the amount of the current tuition. This is the standard university practice.
  • Fee-based students who are hired as ASEs (TAs/RAs/SAs) in the UW School of Nursing receive course payments equal to Tier 1 graduate resident operating and tech fee, plus remaining related program-specific fees. This practice is consistent with the UW Office of Planning and Budgeting (OPB) Brief (September 4, 2014): Criteria for Course Payments to Graduate Students in Fee-based Degree Programs

For complete position information, see:

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) UW Information Sessions

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) – UW Information Sessions

Thursday, May 14, 2015
10:30am-11:30am, MGH 171

Open to all students, faculty and staff.

(Attend this session, then stay for the Graduate School Fair! 12:00-3:00pm, MGH Commons, hosted by the UW McNair Program)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
10:30am-12:00pm, Allen Library Auditorium (Room 181L)
Open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Webinars:    ( to register: )
Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 28, 2015; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

NSF’s GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund your graduate study!  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $34,000 annual stipend and tuition. Fellowships are open to US citizens or permanent residents who intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or PhD program in one of the supported fields. Current juniors, seniors, and grad students who have not yet completed more than twelve months of full-time graduate study may be eligible to apply this year for 2016-17 awards.

Supported fields include (note, this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Planning, etc.
  • STEM Education
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Math
  • Physics & Astronomy