Department of Earth and Space Sciences Scholarships
Website: UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences
The Department of Earth and Space Sciences is deeply committed to providing financial support for our students whenever possible. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, corporations, regional organizations, and individuals, the department allocates more than $200,000 annually in scholarships, fellowships, and awards to our undergraduate and graduate majors. Each year in March, a call for applications is extended to ESS students. The application deadline, usually early April, is posted on the department web site.
Earth and Space Sciences awards and scholarships are available for declared majors who are enrolled at the UW. To be eligible, students must show demonstrated financial need and/or merit. All ESS majors are encouraged to apply regardless of immigration or residency status. Undocumented students and international students are encouraged to apply. Awards vary in amount from $150 to full in-state tuition for 3 quarters. The awards are disbursed as tuition scholarships, research and field course support, and recognition for excellence in academic achievement and outstanding service. The application process requires a cover sheet, current resume or CV, unofficial transcript, two page essay and at least one letter of recommendation.
Please note, to be eligible for ESS Scholarships it is essential that an application be submitted.
Department awards for graduate students fall under two broad categories; fellowships and awards, and research support funds.
Fellowships and Awards
For research graduate students, department fellowships include the Howard A. Coombs Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, several fellowships for ongoing research and field study, and the David A. Johnston Memorial Awards for Research Excellence. Students in the MESSAGe Program are eligible for awards from the Wilbert Danner Fund.
The application process requires a letter of application, letters of support from faculty, and in the case of the Teaching Excellence fellowship, letters of support from students and a summary of teaching evaluations.
Research Support Funds
Earth and Space Sciences Graduate Research Support Awards are intended to support graduate student research expenses during the summer field season and the following academic year. Because funds are limited and may only cover part of the direct expenses for a typical research project, graduate students are expected to apply for funding from outside sources as well. It is important to note that there is a separate application form for Research Support Funds, requiring a research proposal and projected budget.
Recipients of these funds will have a department research account established on their behalf. There are restrictions on how the money may be used. Equipment purchased with these funds usually becomes Department property and must be returned to the department for the benefit of future students. These funds may not be applied towards tuition and fees.
The awards ceremony is an opportunity for the department to recognize outstanding students, both undergraduate and graduate, for their excellence in academics, leadership, and research. It is also an opportunity for ESS faculty, staff, and students to interact and socialize with our ESS community outside of those who regularly come to campus. It is an uplifting way to begin the wrap-up of the academic year and celebrate our students.
You can view photos of our past ceremonies by visiting the ESS Awards Page
Earth and Space Sciences awards and scholarships are available for declared majors who are enrolled at the UW. To be eligible, students must show demonstrated financial need and/or merit. All ESS majors are encouraged to apply regardless of immigration or residency status. Undocumented students and international students are encouraged to apply.
- US Citizen
- Permanent Resident
- International or Other Visa Status
Access the application form at https://www.ess.washington.edu/education/student_services/awards.php.
Be prepared to upload the following documents:
- Current Resume / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A copy of your unofficial UW transcript. (You can download a PDF of your unofficial transcript via MyUW, and then upload it here.)
- A TWO-PAGE essay (double-spaced) in support of your application. The essay should convey a sense of you, including:
- your history
- reasons for studying earth and space sciences
- possible career plans
- clearly describe any financial need you may have in the essay
- if you are seeking funding to support field work (OTHER than ESS 400/401), the essay should clearly describe how that funding will be used.
- At least one letter of recommendation (more than one is preferred, and two are required if applying for the NSLMC Scholarship). Letters of recommendation should be emailed to email@example.com.
If you have any questions regarding your application or the award(s), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.