Washington Research Foundation Fellowship

Website: Undergraduate Research Program


The Washington Research Foundation Fellowships (WRFF) for Advanced Undergraduates Program is designed to support promising students who work on creative and sophisticated research projects in biosciences and related fields under the guidance of UW faculty. The Washington Research Foundation generously supports this program in an effort to recognize and support undergraduates who achieve a high level of accomplishment in research, particularly in areas relevant to the development of new technologies. The program is designed for undergraduates who have already participated in undergraduate research for at least three quarters and who are working beyond an introductory level in a project that requires creativity and advanced knowledge.

Undergraduates who are interested in devoting a significant portion of time to research, which both complements their coursework and furthers their professional goals, are especially encouraged to apply. The award is for $8,000, to be disbursed in the amount of $2,667 at the beginning of Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarters.


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. Exceptions to this requirement may be made on a case-by-case basis by connecting with the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.
  • 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. Those who receive WRF or Levinson funding are not eligible to receive Mary Gates Research Scholarship funds at the same time.

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

Student Type
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

Please get details about application components, resources and selection criteria at https://www.washington.edu/undergradresearch/academic-year-programs/wrff/application-info/

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Research

171 Mary Gates Hall