Paid Undergraduate fellowship opportunities with UW’s Carlson Center

2015 Carson Civic Fellowship

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is pleased to announce three PAID FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for undergraduate UW students. Through the Carlson Civic Fellowship program, the Carlson Center will hire three Fellows to work at three local non-profits.

The host sites for 2015 Carlson Civic Fellows will be:

Entre Hermanos/ LGBT Latino Public Policy and Community Mobilization Fellow

International Rescue Committee / Citizenship-Preparation Program Fellow

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (“SCIDpda” / IDEA Space: Public Safety Program Fellow

Students selected as Carlson Civic Fellows will commit to working with their community non-profit 10 hours per week from January-June 2015 and will receive a $2,500 stipend for their work. In addition to their work with their host site, Carlson Civic Fellows will also:

  • Participate in a 3-credit (credit/no-credit) Community-Based Leadership (CBL) course offered through the Carlson Center during Winter Quarter.
  • Create a Personal Development Plan articulating goals for their time enrolled in the fellowship, and participate in regular advising sessions with a Carlson Center staff member to assess their progress and development.
  • Identify personal strengths and leadership styles through structured activities and reflection exercises; integrate this understanding and awareness into service with their community organization.

Brief descriptions of the three fellowship opportunities are below. For a detailed description of each opportunity, more information about Carlson Civic Fellowship components and requirements, and application materials, please visit the Carlson Center website:

Applications must be received by Monday, October 20 at 5:00 PM

Questions? Contact Talya Gillman, engage.

2015 Carlson Civic Fellowship Positions

Entre Hermanos

LGBT Latino Public Policy and Community Mobilization

The Carlson Civic Fellow will help Entre Hermanos strengthen its 2015 legislative social justice agenda, geared towards promoting the health and well-being of the Latino LGBTQ community. The Fellow will participate in information-gathering discussions with various stakeholders; conduct research on community needs and interests; support the development of related Communication strategies to spark community mobilization; engage in direct advocacy activities; assist in the evaluation of the 2015 Legislative Session’s outcomes and recalibration of legislative priorities as needed; and help with early implementation of Entre Hermanos’ social justice agenda, while planning towards the sustainability of the organizations legislative efforts over time.

International Rescue Committee

Citizenship-Preparation Program

The Carlson Civic Fellow will support the IRC in Seattle’s efforts to improve and strengthen its citizenship-preparation programming for the organization’s primary client-base, refugees resettled to the United States. Refugees are eligible for citizenship through naturalization 5 years after their arrival in this country, and IRC in Seattle believes that more refugees would apply for citizenship if they felt confident in their abilities to pass the naturalization test. The Carlson Civic Fellow will evaluate other citizenship preparation courses offered both within King County and across the country, and consult with IRC staff on which best practices could be implemented by the organization. Using this information, the Civic Fellow will design and pilot a pilot citizenship-preparation project – with an eye towards evaluation and program sustainability, and with the dedicated support of IRC staff and volunteers.

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda)
IDEA Space: Public Safety Program

SCIDpda works to revitalize Seattle’s Chinatown International District neighborhood through economic and community development efforts that are designed to preserve the community’s multi-ethnic culture and heritage. The Carlson Civic Fellow will aid SCIDpda in two programs, addressing issues of public safety and community engagement: 1) The organization’s twice-weekly, evening Neighborhood Block Watch program focuses on crime prevention and ownership of the streets, but has been on hiatus for over a year. The Fellow will work with SCIDpda staff to jumpstart participation in the initiative amongst neighborhood residents, employees, business owners, families and others, propelling community empowerment, efficacy and cohesion. 2) They will also provide valuable strategic, recruitment and logistical support leading up to, and during, the organization’s neighborhood Spring Clean program, taking place in April 2015.


The AIS Department is hiring a work-study office assistant

The Department of American Indian Studies is hiring an office assistant. Students who are eligible for Federal Work Study (have received an award of Federal Work Study for the current academic year) are encouraged to apply using this link and job number:

Job Title: Office Assistant
Job Number: AIST01

A position description is attached.

Elissa Washuta
Academic Counselor
Department of American Indian Studies
University of Washington

Padelford Hall, C-514

Box 354305
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 616-2048

Schedule an appointment:

AIST01 (1).pdf

Funding for student travel, conferences, meetings

College of the Environment Student Meeting Fund

Autumn 2014 Quarter Deadline: October, 2014

The College of the Environment (CoEnv) supports undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students in furthering their careers, and in particular in connecting students to networking opportunities afforded by the presentation of their original work in meeting venues. CoEnv supports two types of student attendance at meetings:

· Individual Travel to Meetings:

Maximums of $500 for North American travel and $750 for international travel; one per student per degree career; we anticipate making about 15 awards annually. The award amounts are modest to enable CoEnv to provide funding to a greater number of students. Students are expected to seek and receive funding from other sources, and students who do so will receive funding priority.

· Student-Organized Meetings:

Maximum of $1,500 or 20% of total expenditures, whichever is smaller; one per organization annually; maximum of 4 awards given out annually.

Individual Student Travel to Meetings

CoEnv realizes that presentation of original work at national or international meetings hosted by scientific/academic societies can truly accelerate the career of a student. Because grant and contract funding, unit-based funding sources, and/or individual resources are occasionally not enough to cover travel expenses, the CoEnv will competitively award travel grants to individual students on a one-time basis who are giving oral presentations of their original work (including co-authored work where the student is first author). In special circumstances, funding may be available for poster presentations (e.g., the conference only features poster presentations). If you are applying for funding for a poster presentation, please describe the special circumstances in your application and ask your faculty advisor also to do so in the letter of support. Without this explicit additional documentation, your application will not be considered.

Applications for CoEnv funding must include a proposal (2-page maximum) listing the following. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

1. Your name, department, and the degree you are pursuing; indicate whether you are:

· Undergraduate Student

– Freshman

– Sophomore

– Junior

– Senior

· Master’s Student

· PhD Student – general exams not yet completed

· PhD Student – general exams completed

2. Meeting title, location, dates, and organizing institution.

3. FULL presentation title with list of all authors. Note whether oral or poster presentation. In no circumstance will more than one author be awarded a travel grant.

4. An explanation (300 words max) of how the networking, visibility, and peer review benefits of attendance will be realized at this meeting; specifically:

· how your research represents in-unit or cross-college excellence that merits this level of support;

· how attending this meeting is of special significance to advancing your career goals, and, specifically, how this particular meeting will advance your research/scholarly agenda.

5. Total estimated budget, broken down into major budget categories – registration, airfare, rental car, meals (use UW meal per diem rates), lodging, etc.

6. Total amount requested from CoEnv, and amount(s) received or requested from all other sources. The strongest applications will show requested or actual support from several sources. If you are only requesting funding from the College, please state the reasons why you have not applied elsewhere.

7. All presentations you have given in the last 24 months at meetings, conferences, or workshops.

In addition, a letter of support from your faculty advisor is required, including a statement explaining:

· why your participation in this conference should be supported by the College of the Environment above the dozens of other students seeking support from across the College;

· why grant/contract support is not available to cover all expenses;

· why this particular meeting is especially important for this student at this point in her/his career.

· how many currently active students are in your lab/research program, and what is the total amount of travel funding available to those students.

Within one month of the meeting, you must submit a brief synopsis (250 words max) documenting how meeting attendance advanced your career, listing any awards/honorable mentions you received, and a final budget documentation. Failure to submit a timely report will result in further student travel awards to current/future members of your laboratory being suspended.

CoEnv will not provide support for:

· alcohol

· accommodation or food above per diem or actual expenses, whichever is less

· stipend or salary

· attendance to local chapter meetings of national/international organizations

· attendance to student-organized meetings

Student-Organized Meetings

CoEnv supports a range of student organizations that organize and host meetings attended by CoEnv students where central goals of the meeting include linking science (natural and/or social) to policy or real world application; and interdisciplinary attendance realized within CoEnv as attendance and presentation by students from multiple units within the College. CoEnv will competitively award grants to student organizations for partial funding of interdisciplinary, student-run meetings at which CoEnv students are presenting original (including co-authored work where the student is first author) work.

Applications for CoEnv funding must include a two page proposal listing:

1. Title of the requesting organization, with a list of student officers and highlighting any CoEnv students.

2. An explanation of the event, including how the meeting furthers the mission of the College and the careers of attending students (350 words, max).

3. Planned location and dates.

4. Intended audience, including total estimated attendance, and specific attendance by students from CoEnv units.

5. Total estimated budget, broken down into major budget categories.

6. Total amount requested from CoEnv, and amount(s) received/requested/anticipated from all other sources (please include any proposed registration fees as one source).

Following the meeting, a brief report documenting total expenditures, total attendance, a list of all CoEnv students attending, and a list of any CoEnv student winning presentation awards, must be submitted. Organizations failing to submit reports will not be funded in the future.

CoEnv will not provide support for:

· alcohol

· non-student (including keynote or plenary speaker) attendance

· conference-organizing contractors

· within-unit annual student symposia

Submission Process

Meeting grants, whether individual or from a student organization, can be submitted on a quarterly basis, according to the following table to coenvaad. Submissions should be planned such that travel can be accomplished within 6 months of the date of the award, otherwise the award may be retracted. Submissions outside of these dates will not be considered.

Review Process

All complete applications will be reviewed by the College of the Environment Student Scholarship and Funding Committee, comprised of faculty and staff who are advisory to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Diversity. The Committee will submit recommendations, together with a brief explanation, to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Diversity, who will make the final funding decisions. Because of the continuing nature of this funding cycle, the Associate Dean reserves the right to sub-select from highly ranked applications in any single quarter, to balance out awards annually.

The Committee will score each application as follows:

Individual Travel Grants

· Statement of how this specific meeting will help further career (50%)

· Faculty advisor recommendation (20%)

· Budget and need (20%)

· Diversity and security of additional funding sources; has applied for funding from additional sources, or can explain why not (10%)

Student-Organized Meetings

· Interdisciplinarity (25%)

· Linkage of science to policy and/or real world application (25%)

· Number and academic diversity of anticipated CoEnv attendees (20%)

· Statement of how meeting will help further student careers (10%)

· Budget and need (10%)

· Diversity and security of additional funding sources (10%)

Questions can be directed to the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Diversity at coenvaad

Additional Sources of Travel Funding:

  • Travel funds within your academic unit. Contact your Graduate Program Coordinator or Graduate Program Assistant.
  • Grant/contract funds for a research project with which you are working. Contact your faculty advisor.