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.
  • 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.

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

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

The WRFF application opens in spring. Selection decisions are made at the beginning of the following autumn quarter. A team of faculty and staff reviewers score each proposal. intellectual merit; student commitment

Evaluation of each application will be based on:

  • demonstrated potential for the applicant to achieve significant scholarly advancement through completing the proposed research
  • level of independence and originality of the applicant’s proposed research project
  • potential for applicant to make important future contributions to their field
  • students’ commitment to promoting equity, inclusion, and justice in their field
  • potential for the project to eventually lead to interesting new findings, applications, innovation, or directions in a science or technology field
  • ability of the mentor and research environment to create the conditions necessary for the proposed project’s success
  • impact of this award on the student’s ability to conduct the project
Service Agreement

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
Contact Information

UW Undergraduate Research Program

E-mail address: urp@uw.edu

Phone Number: (206) 543-4282

171 Mary Gates Hall