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G-1 Communications Building
Box 353770
Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
Fax: 206.685.3234

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)

ARCS and the University of Washington: A Powerful Partnership

ARCS: Advancing Science in AmericaLaunched nearly 50 years ago by a group of dedicated women, ARCS - Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, is committed to funding graduate education. The Seattle Chapter and its volunteers – more than 100 women in the Puget Sound area – have contributed $11.4 million to the UW in support of graduate education. Recognized as one of the University's largest annual donors, ARCS pledged $2.5 million to the UW in 2004, extending its impact for years to come and building on its legacy of graduate support in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and medicine.

Established in 1978, the Seattle Chapter of ARCS has launched the careers of more than 800 UW ARCS fellows. Dynamic fundraisers and inspiring leaders, the members of this all-volunteer women's organization have built a powerful funding model that attracts the nation's best doctoral students to the UW

In addition to annual gifts typically totaling approximately $600,000 in 2011-2012, ARCS donors have established 24 endowed fellowship funds. Their generosity and vision ensures that ARCS awards will long continue to bring the finest scientific minds together on our campus and foster the synergy that leads to innovation and discovery.

ARCS Fellows Profiles  |  Alumni Profile

For information about the details of ARCS Fellowships at the UW, contact:

Jan Harrison
Associate Director for Advancement and ARCS Liaison
UW Graduate School
Box 353770, Communications Building, Ground Floor (G-1) | Campus Map →
Seattle, WA 98195-3770
Fax: 206.685.3234

UW ARCS Fellowships: Key Facts

The value of an UW ARCS Fellowship is $17,500, payable over three years. Current fellows receive $7,500 the first year, $5,000 the second year and $5,000 the third year. The larger amount the first year includes a recruitment bonus to mitigate the cost of relocating and beginning a new career as a graduate student.

32 UW graduate programs in six schools/colleges are eligible to receive ARCS Fellowships. These ARCS awards are a powerful recruitment tool. Eligible departments offer awards to prospective graduate students; students may not directly apply for these fellowships.

In 2008-09, 92 ARCS fellows were studying at the UW.

Seattle ARCS Chapter raises the money for these fellowships; however, this donor organization does not select fellows. The UW Graduate School manages the selection process in conjunction with the department heads in eligible UW graduate programs.

No funds are taken out for overhead or other costs, either by the ARCS Foundation or the University of Washington.

UW ARCS Fellows: In Their Own Words

'Faced with a tough decision between the prestige and higher stipend of MIT and the superb environment and culture of UW, the ARCS Fellowship erased the money issue and allowed me to choose the best program for me based on the research I wanted to do, not the salary I would be making. Subsequently, the ARCS Fellowship has eased financial worries greatly, allowing me to put more effort into quality research without the nagging stresses of how to pay my bills.' - Rhea George

'Beyond simply providing resources to facilitate my research and education, the ARCS Fellowship has given me a freedom in my academic development I otherwise would not have. The network of ARCS donors, members, and other fellows is an invaluable resource. It is an honor to be an ARCS Fellow.' - Tristan Nunez

"The ARCS Foundation made it possible for me to pursue ocean science at the University of Washington's renowned oceanographic program and has given me fabulous opportunities to present my work to the general public here in Seattle as well as to scientists worldwide." - Emily Nahas