UW Livable City Year Initiative Is Hiring!

UW Livable City Year initiative is hiring a Report Editor

Position: UW Livable City Year Report Editor

Application Deadline: Position open until filled. Full consideration will be given to applications received on or before November 21, 2017.

Start date: December 1, 2017

Compensation: $20/hr for graduate students, $16/hr for undergraduate students

The UW Livable City Year (LCY) report editor is responsible for overseeing the written development of roughly 30 reports (roughly 10 per quarter) for UW’s Livable City Year initiative, a university-wide partnership with the City of Tacoma. The LCY reports cover a diverse range of urban issues, including but not limited to: housing policy, pollution, stormwater, homelessness, food justice, infrastructure, and environmental justice. The LCY editor is responsible for editing, proofing, and the critical development of student written reports on a specific issue. Editors must possess an exceptionally strong command of the English language and have experience working with writers to develop their thinking in clear terms. Cogency, accessibility, and articulation are paramount. The editor is responsible for directly overseeing the editing process beginning with meeting and introducing students to the report writing process and expectations.

The LCU editor must be well-organized, a strong communicator in written and verbal formats, and be comfortable working independently and with teams, particularly in partnership with the graphic designer and program manager.

Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of contemporary issues affecting cities, both those particular to the Pacific Northwest and nationally. Awareness of urban issues is important to helping students develop their specific research and writing in relevant, accurate, and clear ways. Ideal candidates will also have extensive experience working with student writers: working in writing centers, professionally as an editor, or as a TA in writing and research extensive courses.

Duties include:

  • Work with LCY team to develop writing and report style standards (the student writing guide) for student report writers.
  • Meet with each group of student writers near the end of each term to discuss professional report writing, the student writing guide, expectations regarding content and timing, and the editing process.
  • Review and provide feedback on student drafts, requesting edits or additions as needed.
  • Receive and provide style and content edits for the final document.
  • Coordinate with Report Graphic Designer to deliver written content for final report compilation.
  • Meet with LCY team as necessary to assess work progress.
  • Meet LCY deadlines for drafts and final edits.


Conditions of employment:

  • This position is part-time, with the expectation of variable hours depending on the stage in the report process (estimated around 15 hours per report plus meeting time). This would likely average approximately 12-19 hours per week.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students will be considered, with a strong preference for graduate and PhD students. Strong writing and editing skills required. Prior experience supervising students and/or teaching writing or composition desired.
  • Compensation estimated at $20/hour for graduate students and $16/hr for undergraduates. The employee must complete weekly timesheets and submit them for approval.
  • The position runs through July 2018, with an opportunity for rehire in the 2018 – 2019 academic year.


To apply: Submit resume, cover letter and at least two editing samples showing Track Changes to Teri Thomson Randall, LCY Program Manager, terir@uw.edu.


For questions, contact: Teri Thomson Randall, UW Livable City Year Program Manager – terir@uw.edu – 206-221-9240


Udall & Truman: Scholarships to Make a Difference

Udall & Truman Scholarships are now accepting applications! If you are committed to public service leadership, issues related to Native American Nations or the Environment, we hope you’ll consider applying for the Truman or the Udall Scholarships!  The Truman awards up to $30,000 to U.S. citizen, third year students who are committed to public service leadership to be used for graduate school. The Udall awards up to $7,000 for U.S. citizen sophomores and juniors who are committed to service and issues related to Native American Nations or the Environment.


Read about eligibility & apply online!


Apply for the Truman Nomination | Deadline: 11/27

Apply for Udall Nomination | Deadline: 11/28


Bonderman Travel Fellowship Application Is Open

The 2018 Bonderman Fellowship application is now available!
Deadline: January 8, 2018, 12 noon (PST)

The 2018 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is open and we encourage you to consider applying! This fellowship offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.

David Bonderman – the donor – wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.

Up to eight graduate and eight undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in spring 2018. Each Fellowship carries a $23,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.

All applicants must be enrolled (for graduate students “on leave” status is not considered enrolled) and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Good standing in this regard refers not only to academic but also disciplinary and conduct standing. Additionally:

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: All students in graduate or professional degree programs are eligible to apply.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.60 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2018; OR
  • participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2018. Undergraduates in one of these Honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.60 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity, please attend one of the information sessions listed on the website.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 8, 2018.

More information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at: bonderman.uw.edu

Scholarships to make a difference: Udall & Truman

Information Session | Mary Gates Hall 171 | October 17 |4pm

RSVP here


If you are committed to public service leadership, issues related to Native American Nations or the Environment, we hope you’ll consider applying for the Truman or the Udall Scholarships!  The Truman awards up to $30,000 to U.S. citizen, third year students who are committed to public service leadership to be used for graduate school. The Udall awards up to $7,000 for U.S. citizen sophomores and juniors who are committed to service and issues related to Native American Nations or the Environment.


Read about eligibility & apply online!

Apply for the Truman Nomination | Deadline: 11/27

Apply for Udall Nomination | Deadline: 11/28

Scholarships! Scholarships! Scholarships!

Fall quarter always brings so many opportunities and resources for students! The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards is offering a plethora of scholarship workshops, information sessions, and opportunities for undergraduates and Bachelor’s alumni to explore a wide range of funded opportunities. Here are some of our fall workshops for undergrads on various aspects of searching and applying competitively for scholarships. Additional info and dates are available on our website and events calendar. Here are some current highlights listing of just a few of the national scholarships with sessions and deadlines in the next few weeks.


Scholarship Fridays: Every Friday, 3:30pm in MGH 171, starting Oct. 6

Every Friday during fall quarter there will be scholarship-related information sessions in MGH 171. Our office is partnering with the Mary Gates Endowment for Students to offer alternating Friday sessions. This Friday, Oct. 6 will feature a session on Getting Started with Scholarships to give undergrads a head start into searching and applying competitively. Next Friday, Oct. 13, the Mary Gates Endowment for Students will offer an information session for students to learn about the Leadership and Research scholarships open to all UW undergrads. Sessions will alternate throughout fall quarter (10/20 Getting Started, 10/27 Mary Gates, etc.).



Upcoming Scholarship Highlights:

  • Autumn Quarter Scholarships Snapshot: join us on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 4pm in MGH 171 for a brief introduction to some of the scholarships with deadlines happening during autumn quarter!


  • Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship: deadline 10/27. UW Information Session: 10/12 at 4pm in MGH 258 with Professor Vincent Holmberg, Hertz Scholar alum and faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering! RSVP (though drop-ins are welcome).
    • Join Professor Holmberg to learn more and dispel myths about this opportunity for seniors wishing to pursue PhDs, and first-year grad students, in any of the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents. The fellowship provides a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend up to $32,000/year for up to 5 years. Attached is a flyer for additional information.


  • DAAD Graduate Research or Study Scholarships in Germany: deadline 10/17/17 to compete for UW’s priority spot, or 11/1 for non-priority consideration. Awarded to highly qualified graduating seniors or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study or Research Scholarships for a full master’s degree program at a German university, for study at a Germany university as part of a postgraduate or Master’s degree program completed in the home country, or for independent research in Germany.


  • Public Policy & International Affairs program: deadline 11/1/17. UW information sessions: 10/6 at 11:30am or 10/12 at 4pm, both in MGH 171 (RSVP)
    • PPIA’s mission is to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs. Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.


  • Goldwater Scholarship: deadline 11/13/17. UW information sessions: 10/12 at 12:30pm, 10/17 at 2:30pm, 10/25 at 3:30pm, all in MGH 171 (RSVP).
    • The Goldwater Scholarship seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in STEM fields. The scholarship provides $7,500 for one or two years, depending on graduation date. UW is able to nominate four students each year to compete for this national scholarship opportunity.


  • Scholarships to make a difference: Truman and Udall Scholarships – UW information sessions 10/17 or 11/6 at 4pm, both in MGH 171 (RSVP)
    • The Harry S. Truman Scholarship supports graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. The award amount is $30,000 to go toward graduate education.
    • Sophomore and junior level students can apply for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarships of up to $7,000. The foundation awards scholarships for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.


  • Critical Language Scholarships: deadline 11/15/17. UW information sessions: 10/19 and 10/30 at 4:30pm in MGH 171 (RSVP).
    • The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. All expenses are covered for students selected to participate. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu.

Fall Quarter 2017 Scholarship Workshops

Boren Awards Program: Funding for Study Abroad

We’re excited to share that Michael Saffle from the Boren Awards will be visiting the UW on October 18th to talk with students about Boren funding for study abroad.  He’s offering an information session in Mary Gates Hall 171 at 4pm.  Below we’ve listed a few highlights of the Boren Funding and 2016 undergraduate Boren Scholars.


A few highlights to share about the Boren Awards:

  • Open to U.S. citizens
  • Up to $20,000 for undergraduates who study language abroad during the academic year (semester or longer)
  • Must be studying a language abroad (list of preferred languages here)
  • Up to $8,000 for STEM students to study a language abroad during the summer
  • Special language African Languages and South Asian languages
  • Up to $30,000 for graduate students who will study a language abroad
  • Special initiative for ROTC students


Learn more about the award on October 18th at 4pm!  RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/239