Population Health

Applied Research Fellowship

Image of students working on a white boardThe Population Health Applied Research Fellowship Program supports multidisciplinary teams of students to work on real-world population health challenges. Projects are sourced from external clients who play an important role in structuring project deliverables.

Each Population Health Applied Research Fellowship team will consist of three graduate students and two undergraduates, with supervision by a faculty expert. The project team receives training in research skills and data collection, analysis and presentation to deliver a work product that meets the external client’s needs.

This program is run in partnership with the University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology (CSDE).

Summer 2020 project

The U.S. population is becoming older and more racially and ethnically diverse, and Seattle and its surrounding areas are no exception to these changes. Being able to anticipate population changes and assess where the most changes will occur is an important tool for policymakers who would like to know where to site healthcare facilities, childcare centers, bus routes and other public resources. Consequently, population projections can be a valuable tool for promoting equity, reducing health disparities and ensuring populations have access to the resources they need.

The Summer 2020 Population Health Project Team will spend the fellowship period working with King County’s demographer and Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Assessment, Policy Development and Evaluation Unit to provide new population projections and provide insights into how King County will change in the next 5 to 25 years.

Fellows will spend the first half of the summer learning how to create projections of King County’s population at various sub-county units, specifically looking at how the population will change in ways that are relevant for King County’s future health and resource challenges. Fellows will spend the second half of the summer applying this knowledge to provide insights for King County policymakers and stakeholders about important, anticipated population challenges given these projections and develop recommendations for how to account for the upcoming demographic challenges in the coming decades.

Student eligibility

Graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels and professional students from all UW schools and colleges are eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at any UW campus (Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell) and not graduating in June.

All undergraduate students with junior- or senior-level status who are enrolled in a UW degree-granting program at any UW campus and will not be graduating in June are eligible to apply.

Students will be expected to work at a location on the UW’s Seattle campus for the duration of the fellowship


Graduate students will be paid an hourly Graduate Research Student Assistant summer rate for 20 hours/week over a period of 10 weeks. The undergraduate student will be paid an hourly rate of $20 for 19.5 hours/week for 10 weeks.


  • Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Applicants will be notified about fellowship interviews by Friday, April 10, 2020
  • Interviews will be scheduled for the week of April 13 and April 20, 2020
  • Candidates will be notified about fellowship offers by April 30, 2020
  • Fellowships are for a 10-week period over the summer, starting June 22, 2020 and ending August 28, 2020

Application instructions

All applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Recent CV or resume
  • Unofficial transcript
  • One- to two-page cover letter outlining why you are interested in the fellowship program and how your skills will enable you to contribute to the success of the project
  • One statement of support from a faculty member or other mentor who can provide examples of your research abilities, independent and professional approach to learning, and your collaborative and communicative skills.

Please combine the CV/resume, transcript, and cover letter into a single .pdf file and submit this file via email to pophlth@uw.edu. The subject line of the email should be, “Applied Research Fellowship.

Your statement of support must be emailed to pophlth@uw.edu directly by the person you are requesting this statement from. The subject line of the email should be, “Applied Research Fellowship” and reference your name.

Review criteria

Applications will be reviewed by representatives of the Population Health Initiative and the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology. Candidates will be notified whether they have been selected to interview for the fellowship according to the published timeline.

Interviews with select candidates will be scheduled based on the dates listed in the timeline. Interviews will be for approximately 30 minutes, and the panel will consist of faculty and staff from the Population Health Initiative, the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology and other departments or external partners as relevant.

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated technical skills in research methods, data entry, database management, data collection and/or analysis
  • Some knowledge about, or experience working on, issues of social inequality, race, health or program evaluations
  • Academic performance to date
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well within in a team environment


Please contact pophlth@uw.edu with questions regarding this fellowship program.

Past Fellows

View the previous cohorts, projects and project results for past summers.

Summer 2019
Summer 2020
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