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GSEE Graduate Tuition and/or Graduate Supplemental Awards

2023–2024 GSEE Graduate Tuition and/or Graduate Supplemental Awards

GSEE has a limited number of graduate tuition and/or graduate supplemental awards for prospective and current master’s and doctoral students. 

For a prospective or current graduate student to be considered for these need-based, merit awards, nominations must be made by the student’s college/department. 

While there is no individual student application, students may submit a separate personal statement to supplement the departmental nomination. A statement may be especially useful if a department does not require a personal statement as part of their application. This can address factors that the department may not have information on, such as financial hardships, personal adversities, etc.

In addition to merit, awards require a student to be eligible for need-based funds as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Students must have a current and evaluated FAFSA on file unless they are an undocumented student. Undocumented students should contact GSEE directly for more information. 

Important Note: Award amounts vary depending on nomination, student financial need, and funds available.

Departmental letters of nomination must address the following in detail:

Please note: Due to high demand, nominations that do not include detailed information addressing the following three prompts, will not be considered. 

  • MERIT: What factors influenced your admission of this student? Where does this student rank among applicants? If known, include competitive offers from other institutions. Please include any additional information you feel is relevant regarding the student’s merit (600 words max).
  • DIVERSITY: Provide general statistics on underrepresented students in your program and/or discipline. How will/does this student add to the diversity of your program? What diverse perspectives will/do they bring to your program, by past experiences and achievements, by community involvement, or by scholarship? Please include any additional information you feel is relevant regarding the student’s diverse perspective (600 words max).
  • FINANCIAL NEED: Indicate the department’s funding plan for the student. What departmental resources are/have been committed to the student? (If your department is not providing funding, please explain why.) Are there any unique circumstances that add to the student’s need, such as dependents, medical expenses, daycare costs, etc.? Please include any additional information you feel is relevant regarding the student’s financial need (600 words max).

For incoming students, please indicate why this award is important for recruiting this candidate.

The following are ineligible: 

  • Professional degree programs (Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy) 
  • Students who hold a temporary or student visa (F-1 or J-1)  
  • Study abroad programs 

Nominations must be made in the MyGrad awards management system. Please login to nominate a student

Due to limited funds and high demand, it is difficult to allocate multiple awards to any one department.  Please limit nominations to a maximum of two per academic year and rank in order of preference (including both incoming and current students). 

Deadline: For incoming graduate students, priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 1, 2023 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline for nominating returning and incoming graduate students is June 14, 2023. ***Please note: This application is now closed for the 2023-2024 academic year. It will reopen again for new applications for the 2024-2025 academic year during Winter quarter 2024. 

Please email uwgsee@uw.edu with any questions.


Please note:

  • GSEE funding is allocated mostly based on departmental nominations. Please contact your department’s Graduate Program Advisor (GPA) for more information on the nomination process and for additional departmental funding opportunities.
  • Due to the state-based funding GSEE receives, students in fee-based programs are only eligible to be nominated for the GSEE Graduate Supplemental Awards. They can also individually apply for the Latinx Scholars Graduate School Fellowship if they meet eligibility requirements. To check if you were admitted or are enrolled in a fee-based program, please contact your department or review the Fee-Based Degree Programs List.
  • DACAmented students are eligible for GSEE funding opportunities. Undocumented students (without DACA status) are eligible for the GSEE Graduate Supplemental Award, GSEE Graduate Tuition Award, and Latinx Scholars Graduate School Fellowship. If you are DACAmented or undocumented and would like more information, please connect with GSEE (gomap@uw.edu).
  • International students and students enrolled in professional programs (School of Dentistry, School of Law, School of Medicine, and School of Pharmacy) are ineligible for GSEE funding.

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