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Information for Applicants

Application Deadline

July 30 2023, 11:59 PM

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The application is joined with the Washington Research Foundation Fellowship application. You have the option to apply for both, but you must add a budget proposal if applying to the Levinson program.


To apply for support from the Levinson Emerging Scholars Program, a student must:

  • Be a current UW (Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma) undergraduate engaged in a biosciences-related research project during their award period.
  • Propose to continue or initiate a research project for the duration of the award (2-3 quarters) that shows some level of independence and originality.
  • Be registered full time (at least 12 credits) during the award period, pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the UW Bothell, Seattle, or Tacoma campus.
  • Have completed the equivalent of two years of university-level coursework and have had at least 3 quarters of prior research experience.
  • Receive guidance from a UW faculty member serving as the student’s research mentor (applicants may also be working with a graduate student, staff, and/or post-doctoral associate in addition to the faculty mentor).
  • Submit a completed online application, including a detailed budget (details below).

If you have other scholarships, fellowships, awards or stipends supporting your research project and you are also selected for a Levinson Emerging Scholars Program scholarship, you may not be eligible to receive the full amount of the award.

Applicants may be awarded WRF Fellowship/Levinson Award up to two times during their undergraduate education.

Application Components

As motivated scholars in an intensive research community, Levinson Scholars will make involvement in research the driving force of their education as they pursue independent projects of their own design supported by their mentors and other members of their lab or group.

The Levinson application is joined with the Washington Research Foundation Fellowship application. You have the option to apply for both, but you must add a budget proposal if applying to Levinson. Thus, Levinson Emerging Scholars applicants will be expected to submit the following via the online system:

  • An abstract of your research project (up to 300 words)
  • Statement of educational and long-term goals: Please share the role that your proposed research plays in helping you meet your educational and long-term goals. Specifically, in what ways has research complemented your coursework to enhance your undergraduate academic experience? How does the proposed project advance your plans for graduate study and your professional goals? How would this award impact you and your ability to conduct this research? (up to 1 page, double spaced)
  • Research plan: Please provide a four-paged research proposal. The proposal should include the following:
    – Significant questions or problems the research will address
    – Project methods and timeline
    – Anticipated or possible results
    – An explanation of the importance of your project to your field of study, your community, society, etc.
    – An indication of the ways your research could contribute to innovation in your field and/or the development of new technologies, if applicable
    (Up to 4 pages, double spaced. You may also include up to two additional pages for references and figures, if applicable)
  • Equity, Inclusion and Justice Statement: How are you currently promoting equity, inclusion, and justice in your field (through allyship; the impact of your research; and/or your own identities, experiences, values, etc.)? (up to 1 page, double spaced)
  • Budget and budget justification: A budget for the proposed project that identifies support for the student, including scholarship funds for educational expenses and modest support for research books, supplies, or materials. Requests should not exceed $8,000. A budget template is available in the online application system. If you have any questions about preparing a budget, URP advisers are available to help. Email to set up an appointment.
  • Faculty mentor recommender information: The student must submit contact information for one faculty mentor recommender. Faculty recommenders will receive letter-writing instructions via email. One additional mentor letter of recommendation may be added, if desired. (The secondary letter may be from another faculty member or from a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, teaching assistant, or research staff member.)

Review Process & Selection Criteria

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Program Expectations

During the program, Levinson Emerging Scholars will be expected to:

  • Remain active in the research project described in their application for the duration of the award
  • Provide project updates to program administrators and funders when requested
  • Participate in various professional development events offered by the Undergraduate Research Program, including opportunities to interact with other researchers and program alumni and workshops on various topics related to career building
  • Present their research at the annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium


Approximately ten students will be named Levinson Scholars each year. Award amounts will be flexible and variable, with each award tailored to the student’s research plan and needs. During their award period, Levinson Emerging Scholars may request additional funding through the Undergraduate Research Program to present their research at a professional conference.