Info Series: Removing barriers to scholarships & fellowships

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards and the Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards are hosting a series of panels and sessions for students this fall aimed at improving access to fellowships and scholarships.

Fellowships and scholarships are part of our education system that often reflects and supports inequity. Many scholarship programs are attempting to address inequities, yet layers of institutional racism, classism and implicit bias persist and prevent full access to funding opportunities. This series will suggest strategies for navigating all aspects of the application process.

First-generation students, students of color, and students who identify as underrepresented within the university are particularly encouraged to attend, as are any students who would like to learn about applying for fellowships and scholarships.

Ford Foundation Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Fellowships: Information Session and Fellow Panel 

09/29/2020, 5:30-6:30pm Register to attend > 

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s university faculties by awarding predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships.  This session will cover strategies for successful applications and include a panel of current and former Ford fellows, including Dr. Lil Pabon (Ford Regional Liaison), Jorge Cisneros PazDr. Ralina JosephDr. Patrick LozarDr. Joseph Mougous and Colleen O’Connor.

How to Find Funding for Graduate Study

10/07/2020, 5-6 p.m. Register to attend >

How should I fund my Master’s/Ph.D. study and research?  Where should I look for funding? When should I apply? 

Graduate Fellowships Promoting Equity & Inclusion

10/14/2020, 5-6 p.m. Register to attend >

Get ready for the opening of application cycles for fellowships that support graduate study (and also some undergraduate study) and promote equity in academia and various professional fields. 

Meet the Selection Committee

10/21/2020, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register to attend >

A panel of faculty and staff members who frequently serve on selection committees for various UW and other scholarships or fellowships will share their insights. Although all scholarships are different, join us to learn about how scholarship selection committee members approach the process, what they’re hoping to learn from application materials, etc.

Opening the Door to Letters of Recommendation 

10/27/2020, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Register to attend >

Who do I ask for letters of recommendation? How do I ask them? A panel of faculty and staff members who frequently write recommendation letters share their perspectives on how to approach building your team of supporters and how you can support your recommenders in writing strongly for you.

Jobs, Kids, School, and Finding Time: A Graduate Student Panel

11/04/2020, 6-7 p.m.  Register to attend >

How do you find the time to apply for funding while also juggling life responsibilities? Hear from graduate students who applied for funding while also juggling jobs, school, kids and other responsibilities.


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