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Graduate Education Funding

Most biomedical research PhD programs offer competitive salary with healthcare benefits and tuition waivers through Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) positions to students in good academic standing.

Additionally, departments may nominate new or continuing students for competitive fellowships administered by the School of Medicine. Contact the graduate program directly for more information.

School of Medicine Scholarships & Fellowships
Curci Foundation

The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation Fellowship Program for Graduate Students

Selection: Nomination by department

The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation commenced a Ph.D. Fellowship program in 2023 to assist universities in supporting life science Ph.D. students after they have completed the first two years of their programs. Qualified candidates will be in their third year of graduate school and be eligible to continue to the fourth academic year during the calendar year in which the application will be submitted. The chosen Fellows will receive two years of funding to cover years four and five of their PhD training. This is a highly competitive Fellowship, both at the University of Washington level and then ultimately against candidates from other institutions.

Curci Foundation

The Curci Foundation Scholarship Program for Graduate Students

Selection: Nomination by department

The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation initiated the Curci Ph.D. Scholarship Program with the hope of increasing the percentage of women and international students at the University pursuing a Ph.D. in the life sciences in the School of Medicine. The Scholarship provides a living stipend, tuition, and benefits for six incoming graduate students in the life sciences for the first two years of their graduate careers.

Dick and Julia McAbee Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application: through the Diabetes Research Center

In 1985 the School of Medicine created a fellowship to honor Dick and Julia McAbee for their outstanding support and leadership in the fight against diabetes. The Dick and Julia McAbee Endowed Fellowship in Diabetes Research provides funds for a scientific researcher to investigate the causes and eventual cure of diabetes.

Hurd Fellowship for Graduate Students

Selection: Nomination by department

The Hurd Fellowship is an endowed fellowship which specifies that recipients must be engaged in studies relevant to biophysics or biochemistry. The School of Medicine applies these funds to students whose work aligns with the Biological Physics Structure and Design (BPSD) program.

The Poncin Scholarship Fund

Selection: nomination by Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

The Poncin Scholarship Fund is a medical research scholarship trust created by the Will of Cora May Poncin. An excerpt from page 5 of the Poncin Will states:

“I desire to aid worthy and ambitious young people who are engaged in medical research and to that end I direct my trustee to make scholarships available to people engaged in medical research in connection with, or as a part of, any recognized institution of learning within the state of Washington. I direct that the scholarships be available to meritorious people qualifying as provided in this paragraph. My preference is to assist people who are doing advanced medical research and who have an M.D. degree.”

Provost Graduate Fellowship Program

Selection: Nomination by department

Recognizing the challenge of attracting the highest level of candidates, the provost launched the PhD Fellowship Initiative in 2019. In order to  incentivize PhD recruitment and retention efforts, provost provides annual fellowship funds to be used to recruit the most outstanding graduate students to UW PhD programs.


Richard and Anne Schneider Endowed Graduate Fellowship

Selection: Nomination by department

This gift from from the Donor Advised Fund of Richard and Anne Schneider provides financial assistance to graduate students  who are pursuing Master’s or Ph.D. degrees. It is the donors’ intent to support graduate students studying medicine, pathology, pharmacology, biochemistry, biology, or other related fields and whose work involves the isolation, characterization, and biological activity of compounds from natural sources. In addition, the donors have an additional preference to support US citizens or permanent residents when possible. Distributions may be used for tuition, fees, educational expenses and/or stipends. The Office of Research and Graduate Education (RGA) administers this fund.

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