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DEI STEM Faculty Recruitment Initiative


As part of the UW Faculty Diversity Initiative (FDI), the UW will provide startup funds to assist in hiring faculty at the UW Seattle campus. These funds are reserved for recruitment of faculty in the STEM disciplines (broadly defined) with a proven history of supporting and mentoring BIPOC students, post-docs, and/or early-career colleagues; conducting research that benefits underrepresented or underserved communities, and/or significantly participating in programs and activities that are aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in their field.

The priority is tenure-track faculty. Requests can be for a maximum of 1/3 of total startup to a maximum Provost contribution of $500,000. The funding may be used for any research-related purpose, including faculty salary.

Process for Applications

  • Currently accepting applications for FY25 and beyond. FY24 funds are already committed.
  • The hiring unit head (Chair, Director, Dean) makes the request. Applications should be made at the point in the recruitment process when you are ready to make an offer. We are committed to providing rapid turnaround on decisions.
  • Fill out the Provost STEM DEI Startup Form.
  • The dean’s office is responsible for signing the request form and forwarding the form, the candidate’s CV, and the candidate’s diversity statement to ORFunds@uw.edu (cc: vpresearch@uw.edu) with the subject line: DEI STEM Startup Request for [add name of candidate].

Procedures Upon Approval

  • Approval of requests will be officially documented through an Office of Research commitment letter signed by the Vice Provost for Research. This letter provides the details of the commitment, as well as an official reference number to be used by the Dean’s office when claiming the funds through BGT. An electronic copy will be mailed to the School/College Dean(s). This will serve as the formal notification of the commitment.
  • Receipt of Startup Funds is contingent upon the faculty member accepting the job offer.
  • Contact ORFunds@uw.edu to arrange transfer of the funds.


1. How does this initiative fit within the Provost’s Faculty Diversity Initiative?

The DEI STEM faculty recruitment initiative builds on the ongoing recruitment initiative within the Office for Faculty Advancement and is an early part of the Provost’s Faculty Diversity Initiative.

2. How do I decide whether I should apply for faculty recruitment funds from the Office for Faculty Advancement, or from the Office of Research?

If the candidate is in a STEM area, broadly defined, is expected to carry out externally funded research, and typical recruitments in the program involve significant startup packages (in the hundreds of thousands of dollars), then the request should go to the Office of Research DEI STEM Faculty Recruitment Initiative webpage. All other recruitments should contact the Office for Faculty Advancement.

3. For these STEM-related start-up funds, what are the restrictions?

  • Funding is likely not available in the same FY as the request due to prior commitments, so prepare requests as far in advance as possible.
  • Priority is tenure-track faculty.
  • Request can be for a maximum of 1/3 of total startup to a maximum Provost contribution of $500,000.
  • Funding may be used for any research-related purpose, including faculty salary.

4. Are faculty at all three campuses eligible?

This is an initiative funded by the Seattle campus only and is therefore available only to recruitments at the Seattle campus.


Mari Ostendorf, Vice Provost for Research

Chadwick Allen, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement