The University of Washington's Graduate School provides
graduate application support on their Application
FAQs page. If you can't find an answer to your question here, then that
would be the next place to check. If you are still unable to find an answer
to your questions, please reach out to us at grad-admissions (at) cs (dot)
washington (dot) edu. We will do our best to answer your question or help
point you in the right direction.
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. Additionally, the
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering offers to pre-pay the application fee of
applicants who participate in approved programs which focus
on outreach as it relates to preparing students for computer science
research careers. The list below outlines some of
these programs. Contact grad-admissions@cs for inquiries about
any additional programs which 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
The Allen School provides every student accepted to our Ph.D. program with full financial support in the form of teaching and research assistantships or fellowships, from program inception to degree.
In exchange for 20 hours of work per week, Research/Teaching
- Tuition waiver of all but approximately $250 per quarter in fees
- Monthly stipend to cover living expenses
- 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
. Each research area has its own information page which is updated with the
faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and staff involved in research.
The Allen School does 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 students are assigned a temporary
faculty advisor based on availability, potential, funding, and several other
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.