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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 Washington Research Foundation Fellowship, a student must:

  • Be a current UW (Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma) undergraduate engaged in a research project in bio-science or a related field 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 at the time of application.
  • 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.

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

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

Application Components

As motivated scholars in an intensive research community, WRF Fellows 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 WRFF application is joined with the Levinson Emerging Scholars Award application. You have the option to apply for both. WRFF 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)
  • 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.)

Selection Process & Criteria

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Program Expectations

During the program, WRF Fellows 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 WRF Fellows each year. Award amounts will be $8,000, to be disbursed in the amount of $2,667 at the beginning of Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. During their award period, WRF Fellows may request additional funding through the Undergraduate Research Program to present their research at a professional conference.