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.

The 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 2022 project

King County has experienced dramatic changes in the size, the geographic distribution, and the demographic makeup of its population over the past decade. Economic growth and migration influxes have driven these changes, which have led to corresponding increases in property values and rental rates. For many, this has led to financial precarity as rents and mortgages make up a larger portion of income. For some, this has led to housing insecurity or homelessness. As a result, understanding the relationship between population growth, housing demand, and housing supply is crucial as King County works to address its housing crisis.

The Summer 2022 Population Health Applied Research Project team will work closely with the King County demographer and the King County’s Assessor’s Office to summarize trends in housing supply by location and housing type. The team will build on work of previous fellows to explore how housing supply changes relate to changes in population and the distribution of renter-occupied and owner-occupied households of different sizes over this period of unprecedented growth.

Understanding indicator trends across time and space, and how those associated trends vary across age, race and space, can offer useful insights for policymakers and future resource allocations. The team’s work will include cleaning and synthesizing longitudinal records of property and land parcels from the King County Assessor’s Office to understand changes in indicators of housing supply, such as number of units, number of bedrooms and building type, over time and the way those changes vary across space. The team will then integrate this information into an existing mapping product containing previously produced population projections by age, sex and race and estimates of household size by renter and owner status.

Once combined, this resource will make it much easier to visualize the changes in the geographic distribution of population, household size, and household stock alongside projections of future growth, which will offer insights to county policy makers as they continue to address King County’s housing needs.

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 are currently expected to be available for in-person meetings during the fellowship.

Compensation

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 students will be paid an hourly rate of $20 for 19.5 hours/week for 10 weeks.

Timeline

  • Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2022.
  • Applicants will be notified whether they are invited to interview for the fellowship positions the week of April 11, 2022.
  • Interviews will take place the week of April 18, 2022.
  • Candidates will be notified about fellowship offers by late April, 2022.
  • Fellowships are for a 10-week period over the summer, starting June 21, 2022 and ending August 26, 2022.

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

Questions

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