The Allen School does not keep a waiting list. Decisions made by the
Admissions Committee are final. Because applicants to our program are also
applying to other programs, we expect that a certain number of our offers
will be declined. To account for this, we offer admission to more applicants
than we expect to accept our offer. This ensures that we fill our open spaces
without needing to use a waiting list.
The Graduate School provides a
FAQ which addresses questions regarding reusing application materials
(as well as numerous other questions).
sections states: If you previously sent your test scores to the
University of Washington, you will not need to re-send them. These scores
are retained on file and can be used for a future application, assuming
they are still valid.
You will still need to submit a statement of purpose and three (3)
letters of recommendation via the application portal. You can choose to
reuse your statement of purpose if you would like; However, it we
recommend revising your statement, at the very least. We are not able to
transfer previous statements of purpose or recommendation letters from
The UW Graduate School offers application fee waivers to U.S. residents
who demonstrate financial need. The process for requesting a fee waiver
from the UW Graduate School is available on their application page. The
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering is
unable to offer a traditional fee waiver. Instead the
Allen School offers to use School funds to pre-pay the application fee of
applicants who participate in approved programs.
This is an important distinction to explain the necessity of our
process. The application fee is not removed for applicants, in this
situation; Instead, The Allen School uses funding to pay the UW Graduate
School on behalf of students appling to the Ph.D. program. For the 2020
deadline, the Allen School paid approximartely $20,000 USD in fees to the
Applicants who participate in the GEM
Fellowship Program are eligible for the fee pre-payment program.
Additionally, applicants who participate in groups/programs which focus
on outreach as it relates to preparing students for computer science
research careers may also be eligible. The list below outlines some of
these programs, and you can email grad-admissions@cs for inquiries about
any unlimited that you think may qualify.
In order to request pre-payment of the application fee, the applicant
must first complete all required components of the application.
Prior to submitting, email grad-admissions (at) cs (dot) washington (dot) edu with the
following information at least seven (7) calendar days ahead of the
application deadline (approximately December 6th):
- Full Name
- UW Graduate School Application ID Number
- Proof of Program Participation
- A PDF document using the
following syntax for the file name: "Your name-date of
application-conference or program name" (Les Sessoms-Nov 17
2020-GraceHopperConference). You may use your registration confirmation
email, conference check-in confirmation, or other official document.
Application Pre-payment Approved Organizations + Conferences
- Access Technology
- American Indian Sciences and Engineering Society (AISES)
GEM Consortium (GEM Fellow applicant)
- ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference
- National Society of Blacks in Engineering
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- McNair Scholars
Applicants requesting a student visa must meet the University of
Washington's financial ability requirement. The financial ability
requirement is met by showing proof of readily accessible and adequate
funding to cover living expenses, tuition and other campus fees for the
first year of study. Stocks, bonds or proof of property ownership are not
acceptable financial resources.
If you are admitted to the program you will be asked to indicate on an
online form that you will be relying on funding from the Allen School.
You do not need to submit any financial information (such as bank
statements), unless you fit specific criteria as an international
student. International students should refer to the Graduate
School's webpage on Admitted International Students for more
In exchange for 20 hours of work per week, Research/Teaching
Assistants receive: (figures are current as of the 2020-2021 academic
- Tuition waiver of all but approximately $327 per quarter in fees
- Monthly stipend of $3,187 for beginning students
- Health insurance (100% of premium for student, 65% of premium for
There are two major categories of fellowships: those that students can
apply for directly, and those to which students must be nominated by
faculty. Most students will be more interested in the first category,
since these are the fellowships that they can actively seek for
Graduate School Fellowships Page
Prospective students are welcome to
review our Research & Innovation page
. There you
will find information on the may Areas of Expertise at the UW-Seattle
Campus. Each area has its own information page which is updated with the
faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff involved in research.
Graduate students and Postdocs are more likely to respond to a prospective
student's inquiries, while faculty often are not. It is, in part, this
reason that the Paul G. Allen School takes a different approach to the
advisor/student relationship. We do not expect applicants to have previous
interactions with our faculty, nor do they need to know who they want to
spend their Ph.D.-life working with. All new grads are assigned a temporary
faculty advisor based on availability, potential, funding, and several other
factors. The student and advisor do not have to become "permanent" fixtures
in each other's career until after the student's Qualifying examination.
If you are interested in finding out how to improve your application for
a certain field or advisor, you are better-off contacting graduate students
as they can be more frank with their recent experience of the process, and
give more relevant advice than faculty and staff.
The University of Washington offers
several benefits and leave options to graduate students in research, teaching,
and graduate assistantship positions. Academic student employees (ASE)
positions have work benefits defined by the ASE
Contract. This contract is the result of a collective bargaining process
between the Union of Academic Student Employees (UAW Local 4121), and the University of
Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP): ASEs
receive health insurance coverage that covers medical, vision, and
dental. You can read
the UW HR summary here.
Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML): ASEs are eligible
for paid medical and family leave after completing four calendar quarters
of employment at the standard 50% appointment. PFML requests need to be
the result of a “qualifying event.” You can read
more about UW HR’s policy here.
Leave of Absence: The UW Graduate School has
additional policies that allow graduate students to officially enter
On-Leave status.. Students often use this option if they need a break for
reasons not covered by the PFML policy. Students are eligible for this
option after completing their first quarter of instruction. You can
more about the Graduate School’s On-Leave Policy here.
There may be additional policies for students using F-1 and J-1
visas so please contact the International Student Services office if you
use one of these. There are also potential implications for your funding
packages, so always consult your primary investigator (PI) and academic
advisors before requesting On-Leave status.