Scholarships and fellowships
In addition to the opportunities listed below, additional scholarships are made possible through gifts by the School’s alumni and friends.
Scholarships for new students
Some funding sources are available to graduate program applicants at the time of application, but require a formal nomination from the UW School of Nursing.
Students do not need to apply to these scholarships directly. Students are considered during the admissions season for the Opportunity Program GOP Award, Blalock Fellowship and Achievement Rewards for College Scientists.
Other scholarships are awarded within the students acceptance letter or awarded during the summer prior to the academic year by applying in mid-April through the end of May each year.
- Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Research Assistantship: The Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Award is a merit-based research assistantship designed to increase the quality of education and research at the UW by helping develop a diverse community of scholars. The School of Nursing can nominate any MN, MS, DNP, or PhD applicants who are underrepresented minority students who have achieved academic merit despite significant obstacles in their pursuit of higher education, who are the first generation to attend undergraduate or graduate school, and whose academic participation, scholarship and research explore and support cultural diversity.
- The Blalock Fellowship: The Blalock Fellowship is awarded by the Center for Statistics and Social Sciences (CSSS). Candidates must be PhD applicants and are nominated by their admitting department; awards are decided by the CSSS Graduate Committee. The fellowship is a one-time $3,000 graduate student award, which is additional to any other support or fellowships that student receives.
- Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS): ARCS Foundation advances science and technology in the U.S. by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research (bench science). Candidates must be PhD applicants who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A Seattle Chapter Fellowship is a direct grant of $17,500 over three years that can be used at the scholar’s own discretion.
Top scholar awards
Incoming Doctor of Nursing Practice and PhD top scholars are offered scholarship funding in their acceptance letter. Currently, there are eight packages ranging from $18,000 to $27,000 per academic year (Autumn, Winter, Spring), and average funding is from one to three years.
Funding is not guaranteed beyond what is written in the original award letter.
Scholarships & fellowships for current students
School of Nursing research center scholarships
UW School of Nursing-affiliated research centers offer scholarships in addition to those presented here:
The Firland Foundation Graduate Pulmonary Nursing Fellowship
The Firland Foundation Graduate Pulmonary Nursing Fellowship provides a $30,000 award for one to two years to one nursing graduate student who is dedicated to tuberculosis and/or pulmonary nursing. Preference is given to students who plan to practice in the Pacific Northwest after graduation. A call for applications is sent out in early September each year to enrolled nursing students.
Geraldine Allen Term Scholarship
The Geraldine Allen Term Scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in becoming nurse educators. This award is for $7,500 per year for up to five years.
Helene Health Trust Endowed Scholarship Fund
Funding from the Helene Health Trust Endowed Scholarship Fund is awarded to undergraduate students who have financial need for up to $6,000 per year for tuition, books, and educational expenses.
Jean & Robert Reid Scholarships/Fellowships
Jean & Robert Reid Scholarship and Fellowship packages are available for undergraduates for $12,000 per year and graduates for $18,300 per year. Applicants must be Washington State residents or attended school in Washington State for grades 6 through 12.
Lorraine Troop Endowed Scholarship
Funding from the Lorraine Troop Endowed Scholarship is awarded for academic merit and financial need for graduate students from $7,500 to $9,000 for tuition support per year.
Carol Purvis Endowed Fellowship in Nursing
Funding from the Carol Purvis Endowed Fellowship in Nursing is awarded for academic merit and financial need for graduate students from $7,500 for tuition or living expenses/student insurance support per year.
Maryam Irene Rassoulian Endowed Scholarship in Nursing
Funding from the Maryam Irene Rassoulian Endowed Scholarship in Nursing is awarded to undergraduate students who are Washington State residents, have financial need, and a 3.5 GPA for $6,000 per year for tuition and books.
Hester McLaws Nursing Dissertation Scholarship
The Hester McLaws Nursing Dissertation Scholarship provides funding up to $3,500 for dissertation-related expenses. This is available to any PhD student who has passed their General Exam.
Scholarship travel awards
Each Autumn and Spring, travel award announcements are sent out to all graduate students who will be attending and presenting at a national conference to help offset the cost. Awards are up to $500 per student for those who apply and qualify.
Limited departmental funding may be available for graduate nursing students. To apply, submit an approved proposal or project/thesis plan to your department chair.
Aging and Informatics training program
The UW School of Nursing has a new T32 training program in Aging and Informatics funded by the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research. This interdisciplinary research training program that prepares future researchers with expertise in the use of informatics to support aging.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, both at the pre-doctoral level (PhD nursing students) and post-doctoral level (with a PhD in nursing or related field). For more information, contact Dr. Hilaire Thompson (email@example.com).
NIOSH student funding
PhD nursing students may be eligible for funded traineeships from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety for 16 quarters.
To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time (10 credits or more)
- take all of the required occupational health and safety courses, and
- complete their PhD dissertation related to an occupational health and/or safety issue
Depending on availability, the traineeships may cover tuition costs and some stipend. Contact Dr. Jenny Tsai (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.543.6079) for more information.
Nurse Faculty Loan Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides Nurse Faculty Loan Program funds to nursing schools to help graduate students who plan to become nursing faculty upon graduation. The loan can be used for tuition, fees, books, and educational supplies, and is not based on need.
Funding is up to $35,500 per year (4 quarters) as determined by the UW OSFA from the FAFSA.
To apply, you must be a master’s, DNP or PhD student in good standing, a U.S. citizen, and plan to teach in a faculty role upon graduation.