Award Information

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a competition for a fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year made possible through the generosity of the University of Washington Retirement Association (UWRA).

The UWRA Graduate Student Fellowship is a one-quarter fellowship that supports graduate students of outstanding academic merit who have a demonstrated academic and personal interest in aging-related issues or concerns. The fellowship will provide a monthly stipend equivalent to the standard PDTA II level (currently $2,650/month), GAIP health insurance, and a waiver of state tuition for up to 18 credits (excluding U-PASS and international student fee) in the quarter when the student takes the fellowship. The choice of the quarter will be left to the discretion of the graduate student in consultation with his or her department.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018, noon (PST)


At the time of application, students must be matriculated in a UW graduate degree tuition program (fee-based programs are not eligible) and not in their last year of study. The recipient of the award must be enrolled in full-time credits (at least 10) during the fellowship quarter. Students in fee-based programs are not eligible to apply.

Application Materials

  1. Cover sheet
  2. Academic/research statement (not to exceed two typed, double-spaced pages) describing the applicant’s academic/research interests in aging-related issues and concerns
  3. Personal statement (not to exceed two typed, double-spaced pages) describing the applicant’s personal interests and background in aging-related issues and concerns—e.g. personal experience, community service, work experience or other involvement.
  4. Curriculum vitae (2 page limit)
  5. Unofficial UW transcript showing graduate coursework (available as a PDF from MyUW). Undergraduate transcripts not required but can be submitted if they show evidence of relevant coursework in aging studies.
  6. Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s faculty advisor, addressing the applicant’s academic and personal commitment to aging-related issues and concerns. The letter of recommendation should be submitted directly to the Catalyst Collect-It Box by the writer, not the student applicant.

Submit application via Catalyst

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated academic focus on aging-related concerns or issues as evidenced through the academic/research statement, curriculum vitae, and letter of recommendation.
  • Personal commitment to aging-related concerns and issues as evidenced through the personal statement, letter of recommendation, curriculum vitae, etc.
  • Academic merit as evidenced through GPA, letter of recommendation, transcript, and curriculum vitae.


Contact the Office of Fellowships and Awards: or 206.543.7152.