Financial Aid and Fellowships
The Jackson School aims to provide competitive financial packages for all admitted and current doctoral students. Determinations about financial awards are made at the time of admission and during the course of a student’s residency in the Jackson School. Funding guarantees for consecutive years is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress, as well as favorable Quarterly Progress Review (QPR) and Annual Progress Review (APRs) reports required formally by the Jackson School Ph.D. Program as described in the Student Handbook.
While students are expected to pursue their own funding sources and full funding is not currently guaranteed, all accepted doctoral candidates will automatically be considered for the Ph.D. Program Fellowships, as well as Teaching Assistantship (TA), and Research Assistantship (RA) support in the Jackson School.
Financial support is available on a competitive basis to U.S. citizens and permanent residents in the form of Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. Incoming and doctoral students may also be nominated for some of the UW Graduate School’s competitive Graduate Diversity Fellowships. Additional funding and support for doctoral students can also come from the graduate area programs as well as other sources in the Jackson School.
Jackson School Ph.D. Program Fellowships
All accepted doctoral candidates are automatically considered and/or nominated for the Ph.D. Program Fellowships described below at the time of their admission and, as relevant, during their residency in the Jackson School Ph.D. Program.
The Richard B. Wesley Endowed Ph.D. Fellowship stands as the first exclusively endowed fellowship in the Jackson School Ph.D. Program. It is aimed at recruiting, retaining, and providing support primarily for doctoral students who address contemporary real-world economic and security issues, challenges, and concerns pertaining to U.S. relations with Asian countries. Preference is given to students whose research aims to contribute to the following foundational fields of the Ph.D. Program, specifically either Peace, Violence, and Security (PVS) and/or States, Markets, and Societies (SMS), in combination with one of the major powers of Asia. The fellowship may be used to support all or part of a student’s tuition, living expenses, books, fees, research, stipends, travel, and other educational expenses.
The Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellowship is funded by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation to annually support a deserving doctoral candidate in the Jackson School Ph.D. Program. Preference is given to the most promising incoming Ph.D. student. The fellowship is aimed at recruiting any such candidate who shows exceptional promise in generally combining one of the four foundational fields of the Ph.D. Program with any one of the existing graduate area programs of the Jackson School to speak to a contemporary problem-focused issue in world affairs. The fellowship is used to fully cover a student’s tuition, medical/health insurance, and a stipend for the nine-month academic year.
The Hubert M. Blalock Fellowship is awarded annually by the UW Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) on a competitive basis to incoming graduate and/or doctoral students in any UW department with CSSS fields, minors or tracks. If relevant, applicants to the Jackson School Ph.D. Program, with its formal CSSS Ph.D. track, are encouraged to mention their interest in combining statistical methodology with their research at the time of their application, and also to indicate clearly any previous evidence on point such as past quantitative research, quantitative courses, high quantitative GRE scores, etc. If appropriate, the Director of the Jackson School Ph.D. Program will nominate an incoming doctoral student to CSSS during the application season in mid February of each academic year. All awards are decided by the CSSS Graduate Committee.
The UW Graduate School Fellowships are funded from the Hall-Ammerer endowment and restricted to two nine-month fellowships each year in 2013-2014 and also 2014-2015. Preference is given to the most promising incoming Ph.D. student. The fellowships are aimed at recruiting any such candidate who shows exceptional promise in generally combining one of the four foundational fields of the Ph.D. Program with any one of the existing graduate area programs of the Jackson School to speak to a contemporary problem-focused issue in world affairs. These fellowships include tuition waivers, health benefits, and operating fees for an individual applicant, and will be matched by RA, TA, or fellowship funding by the Jackson School.
Doctoral Travel and Research Grants
Thanks to the generosity of the Jackson Foundation, the Ph.D. Program is able to support fieldwork by our doctoral students. These grants, given out on a competitive basis, will specifically support student travel and research plans to advance their dissertation work.