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Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship

The Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship was established in the 1930s by the Bailey and Babette Gatzert Foundation for Child Welfare. In accordance with the donors’ wishes, the funds are to be used to promote education for “the better care and treatment of children suffering from defects, either physically or mentally.” This one-quarter fellowship will be awarded to support the writing of a doctoral dissertation in the field of child development, with special reference to children with disabilities.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 31, 2017; noon (PDT)


  • Candidates must have achieved doctoral candidate status at the time of nomination.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated progress on their dissertations, which indicates completion by the end of summer quarter 2018, or before.
  • Candidates may not have received another dissertation writing award from the Graduate School (e.g., GO-MAP, Presidential Dissertation, etc.).
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

Nomination process

Nominations should be submitted to Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships and Awards no later than noon, Friday, March 31, 2017. No late materials will be accepted; applications will not be considered unless they are complete and submitted by the deadline.

Departments may nominate no more than two students.

Submit application via Catalyst

Awards will be announced in May.

Nomination materials

Nomination materials should be submitted only by the department as one file per nominee in PDF format, if possible (if not possible, separate files are acceptable).

  1. A completed nomination cover sheet.
  2. A letter of nomination from the department chair. Information about the nominee’s current status and performance in the program or comparison with other recent students is useful. If you submit two nominees, please do not rank your nominees.
  3. A statement from the candidate describing the dissertation project including the title, relation to current literature, methodology and goals. The statement should not exceed four typed pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, with one-inch margins. Footnotes may be 10-point and single-spaced. Footnotes are included in the four-page limit. Bibliography or endnotes are limited to one page (single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, one-inch margins) and are not considered part of the four-page limit.
  4. A timeline of expected dissertation activities in 2017-2018, specifically those taking place during the planned fellowship quarter (not to exceed one page, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, one-inch margins).
  5. A one-page statement from the dissertation advisor demonstrating his or her opinion of:
    • the significance of the nominee’s research, and
    • the progress made to date, including the anticipated completion date.
    • Where appropriate, the nature and importance of the nominee’s contribution to a team project should be included.
  6. A copy of the nominee’s current UW transcript. An unofficial copy is acceptable.
  7. The nominee’s curriculum vitae, including names of publications.

Terms of award

  • This is a one-quarter award.
  • The award must be used during the 2017-18 year (summer 2017 through spring 2018).
  • Students must enroll for at least 10 credits during the quarter in which they receive the award (except for summer quarter when two credits are required).
  • During the quarter of award, students may not receive funding or employment from another source without prior approval from the Office of Fellowships and Awards.
  • The award provides a stipend equivalent to the stipend of a standard Predoc TA II (currently $2,572 per month), GAIP insurance and UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and international student fee) up to 18 credits.
  • The number of awards distributed will be determined by the caliber of the nominations and the amount of funding available.
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

Eligible programs

  • Anthropology
  • Bioengineering
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering
  • Information School
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Biophysics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Urban Design and Planning Group


Staff in the Office of Fellowships and Awards can assist you at gradappt@uw.edu or 206.543.7152.