The School of Marine & Environmental Affairs (SMEA) is able to offer a limited number of recruitment awards to meritorious applicants in the form of Top Scholar Awards, College of the Environment Research Assistantships (RAs), fellowships, and recruitment awards upon admission. With the exception of the FLAS fellowship (see details below), all SMEA applicants will be considered for the following recruitment awards by submitting a complete admissions application by the December 15th deadline. Notification of awards offers are sent to applicants by April 1st of each admission cycle. These awards are based on the following criteria:
1) Evidence of outstanding personal experiences or qualities (from CV)
2) Clear motivation, interest and preparedness for our degree program
3) GPA >3.5, unless there are exceptional circumstances
4) Strong GRE scores (at least 2 of the 3 scores >80%)
5) Strong reference letters
The Graduate School’s Top Scholar Awards help attract outstanding students to the University of Washington by partnering with units to build competitive financial packages for their top student prospects. This award provides a tuition waiver (for both in-state and out of state tuition), a monthly stipend, and health insurance for the first three quarters in a graduate program. SMEA selects the top two applicants each year to offer this award to.
The College of the Environment Scholarship provides 1 – 3 quarters of Research Assistantship, matched by the home department to fund the top applicants in the college each year. These Research Assistant positions provide a tuition waiver (for both in-state and out of state tuition), a monthly stipend, and health insurance. SMEA (and other College of the Environment departments) nominate two graduate applicants based on strength of application, quality of undergraduate institution, GPA, and GRE scores. A review committee made up of representatives from several departments in the College of the Environment select the awardees.
The UW also offers the Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) award which provides six quarters of RA funding to the highest ranked underrepresented minority applicants in the College of the Environment. This award requires a nomination by SMEA based on underrepresented minority eligibility, strength of application, quality of undergraduate institution, GPA and GRE scores.
FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. This fellowship requires an additional application to be eligible but UW applicants are eligible and encouraged to apply if foreign language study will be incorporated into their planned thesis research. FLAS Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the eight National Resource Centers of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies will offer Academic Year 2016-17 and Summer 2016 FLAS Fellowships in the following languages: