UW Graduate School

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann supported students and charitable organizations in her lifetime and created a fund to continue support after her death. The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund supports graduate students with “outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.” The University of Washington is one of the institutions selected to submit three nominees for this national fellowship.

In 2017-18, the fellowship will provide an $18,000 stipend, plus tuition. This annual award may be renewed for a total of three years.

DEADLINE: Jan. 2, 2018; noon (PST)

Eligibility

All interested applicants must:

  • Be a UW doctoral or professional graduate student currently enrolled in a field of study that may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture, or other formal professional training). The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors (not practice degrees).
  • Have received a baccalaureate degree and have an outstanding undergraduate record.
  • Show financial need (i.e., must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the UW Office of Student Financial Aid — if you do not already have one on file for this year you should file one immediately.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Conduct their studies and research in the United States.

Application process

Applications must be submitted on paper to the Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships and Awards (G-1 Communications Building) by the UW deadline. Applications will be reviewed, and three nominees will be chosen for submission to the foundation.

Initial applications need only provide items No. 1 through No. 5 from the list below. The three applicants chosen as nominees will be required to provide the last four items on the list.  Please note: Nominees will have only one week to provide the additional four items after being notified of nominee status.

Application materials

All applicants must provide:

  1. Application form
  2. Statement of purpose, up to three pages long (double-spaced) which considers the relationship between your graduate level study and your intended personal and/or professional goals. Your statement of purpose must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in the three-page limit) that explains in layperson’s terms your degree program, giving emphasis to its eventual intellectual impact on your field of study.
  3. Letters of recommendation from at least two professors who have taught or worked closely with you.
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts. (NOTE: Final nominees will be required to submit official copies.)

Only nominees must provide:

  1. Official copies of graduate exam test scores. The foundation requires official copies and will not accept the information listed on your UW transcript.
  2. Financial aid summary from the UW.   You can print a copy from MyUW.  If you have not already submitted a FAFSA for the current academic year, you should do so as soon as possible. If you are chosen as a nominee you will be required to provide verification of financial need from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  3. One copy of your FAFSA.
  4. Copies of federal income tax forms for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).
  5. Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Please note: Nominees will have only one week to provide the additional four items after being notified of nominee status.

Questions?

The Office of Fellowships and Awards can assist you, gradappt@uw.edu or 206.543.7152.