Supporting your education and research is of utmost importance to the department. As such, the department makes a commitment to you that you will receive funding for the first five years of your graduate study. This includes international students.
“Funding” means that your tuition will be paid (you are still responsible for student fees), you will be eligible for the Graduate Student Health Insurance (GAIP), and you will receive a bi-monthly stipend equal to at least the current Biology graduate student rate.
Department of Biology Funding Opportunities:
- Research Assistantships (RA)
- Teaching Assistantships (TA)
- Departmental Fellowships & Scholarships
External Funding Opportunities:
- University Fellowships & Scholarships
- Graduate Funding Information Blog
- Other national grants and scholarships
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) Scholarship Program (International Student eligible)
- Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Graduate Scholarship Program (International Student eligible)
- American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships (International Student eligible)
- Society for the Study of Evolution
Funding sources may change quarterly. You may determine your funding for the upcoming quarter(s) through conversations with your advisor and the Graduate Program Manager.
To give you a grounding in teaching the biological sciences, you are required to hold at least two Teaching Assistant (TA) appointments (one quarter each). You may request to serve as a TA for any course for which you feel qualified. The Faculty Coordinator of Biology Instruction will assign TAships based on requests and departmental needs.
Submit your Funding Information
Each quarter, students must indicate their funding source, unless they are holding a Teaching Assistant position. For RAs, fellowships, grants, and other means of funding, please submit a Grad Support Request.
*You must be logged in to the Biology website for the Request links to work.
Preferences for Teaching Assistantships are collected bi-quarterly for all Biology PhD students. For non-biology students, open TA positions can be found through UW Hires.
- UW Biology Graduate Students: BioPHilmD
- UW Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards
- Where to Get Help Finding Graduate Funding
- The Difference Between Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants
- Search Strategies for Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants
- How to Use the Online Graduate Funding Search Guide
- How to Use the GFIS Blog
- When Do I Look and How Do I Choose?