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Student Support

Though some students will be self-financed, three major sources will be combined to support our students: college, departmental, and unit fellowship funds; departmental and college TA/RA/GSA positions; and faculty-generated grant and contract funding. The intent is that those students who are awarded funding will usually receive fellowships in the first year to support them as they become acquainted with program faculty and research agendas; then serve as TAs/RAs in their second year, using their own expertise in a match with program and college activities; then in the third and following years, in conjunction with specialization in the area of the dissertation project, work as an active member of a funded research or teaching project. The faculty members who elect to work with the program agree to actively pursue and obtain grants and contracts to provide funding for their projects and students, both as part of their mentoring responsibility and because such collaboration is essential for the faculty’s research projects.

Though we do our best to make certain our students have the support they need, we cannot guarantee support for all students each quarter.

Current Student Tuition Rates. Note that our program’s rate is Graduate Tier 1.

College and Program Student Support

The College of Built Environments actively supports the PhD in the Built Environment with first-year fellowship funding for three students, which we combine with tuition waivers awarded through the Graduate School’s Fund for Excellence and Innovation Top Scholar Awards, and offer to our students at the time of admission.

Full 20-hour TAs, RAs, and GSAs include tuition waivers. Hourly positions for less than 20 hours are also available throughout the college, but these do not include tuition waivers.

TAs are awarded by the program and by individual departments (Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design and Planning). The College has a series of undergraduate interdisciplinary B E courses which offer TA support to students in our History, Theory, Representation and Sustainability tracks.

RAs are awarded by college research labs and centers and individual faculty members who have received grant funding.

Full-time (20-hour) GSAs are rare, but do occur within the college and university.

Stipends which provide some minimal funding and a reduction to resident-rate tuition may also be available.

Advanced students with teaching experience may also develop and offer their own courses during Summer Quarter.

University Student Support

Our students have received TAs and fellowships from departments elsewhere in the university, including Civil Engineering, Comparative History of Ideas, Environmental & Occupational Health, The Jackson School of International Studies, and Marine and Environmental Affairs among others.

The Graduate School provides a list of fellowships, including internal and external fellowships administered by the Graduate School.

Our students have received:

Outside Student Support

Our international students have also been supported by external fellowships and funding from their home governments.

Our students have also taught at UW Tacoma and at Western Washington University.

The Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) works with students to help them locate funding opportunities and has a blog listing fellowships and deadlines.

Our students have received:

Conference Travel Support

We strongly encourage program students to present papers or posters or give invited talks at academic conferences related to their area of study. There are several sources of funding available, and these may be combined.

Apply on your own:

  • Some research grants include travel funding. If you are an RA on a research grant, check with the PI to see if this is available to you.
  • The Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS) offers some travel funding.

Apply through the program:

  • The Graduate School offers some support for travel only (no conference fees or accommodation).
  • The program has been awarded an allocation of travel funding for student use.

To apply for funds through the program (including Graduate School support), please send the following information to bephd@uw.edu:

  1. Destination
  2. Conference or event name
  3. Dates of conference
  4. Dates of travel (if known)
  5. Title of paper, poster, or talk you are presenting
  6. Whether or not you have applied for or are receiving other funding for this trip
  7. If you have applied for or are receiving funding, the source and amount of funding (requested or received)