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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 2024–25, the fellowship will provide an $18,000 stipend, plus tuition (no fees or health insurance). This annual award may be renewed for a total of three years.


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 national 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

UW students may apply for nomination consideration through the Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships and Awards. Required materials are submitted online via MyGrad. Applications will be reviewed, and three nominees will be chosen for submission to the foundation.

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Initial applications need only answer some brief questions, then upload items 1-4 below. The three applicants chosen as nominees will be required to provide the last five items on the list. Please note: Nominees will have only one week to provide the additional items after being notified of nominee status. All applicants should be prepared to provide these items ASAP.

Application materials

By the campus deadline, all initial applicants must provide the following materials:

  1. 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 the essence of your proposed topic of study or dissertation, the methodology of its treatment and its anticipated impact on your field of study.
  2. Letters of recommendation from at least two professors who have taught or worked closely with you.
  3. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts. (NOTE: Final nominees will be required to submit official copies; please make sure you have these on hand or can get them quickly.)

Only those selected as final campus nominees will provide:

  1. Official Liebmann application form.
  2. Copy of graduate exam test scores printed from the test provider.
  3. Financial aid summary from the UW. You can print a copy from MyUW. If you have not already submitted a FAFSA for this current academic year, you should do so right away and well before our application deadline. If you are chosen as a nominee you will be required to provide verification of financial need from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  4. One copy of your FAFSA.
  5. Copies of federal income tax forms for the prior two years (including spouse’s returns, if applicable).
  6. Official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

Please note: All final pieces of the application will need to be provided in paper format to the Office of Fellowships and Awards. Nominees will have only one week to provide the additional items after being notified of nominee status.


The Office of Fellowships and Awards can assist you.

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