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Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship

2014-2015 NOMINATION DEADLINE:  Friday, April 4, 2014; 12 noon (PDT)

The Gatzert Child Welfare fellowship was established in the 1930s by the Bailey and Babette Gatzert foundation for Child Welfare. In accordance with the donor’s wishes, the funds are to be used to promote education for “the better care and treatment of children suffering from defects, either physically or mentally.” The one-quarter fellowship will be awarded to support the writing of a doctoral dissertation in the field of child development with special reference to children with disabilities.

Questions can be directed to the Fellowships and Awards Office at or 206.543.7152.


  • The student must have achieved doctoral candidate status by the time of nomination and
  • The student must have demonstrated progress on the dissertation which indicates completion by the end of Summer Quarter 2015 or sooner.
  • The student may not have received another dissertation writing award from the Graduate School (e.g., GO-MAP, Presidential Dissertation, etc.)
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

Nomination Process

Nominations should be submitted to the Catalyst Collect-It Box at:
Nominations are due no later than 12 noon, Friday, April 4, 2014. No late materials will be accepted; applications will not be considered unless they are complete and submitted by the deadline.

Departments can nominate no more than two students.

Nominations materials should be submitted only by the department as one file per nominee in Portable Document Format (pdf), if possible. (If not possible, separate files are acceptable.)

Nominations must include the following:
  1. A completed nomination sheet (found at
  2. A letter of nomination from the chair of the department. Information about the nominee’s current status and performance in the program or comparison with other recent students would be useful. If you submit two nominees, please do not rank your nominees
  3. A statement from the candidate describing the dissertation project, including its title, relation to current literature, methodology and goals, not to exceed four typed pages, double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman, 1 inch margins (footnotes may be single spaced and are included in the four pages). Any bibliography or endnotes are limited to one page, single-spaced, and are not considered part of the four pages.
  4. Timeline of expected dissertation activities in 2014-15 and specifically during the planned fellowship quarter (not to exceed one page, single-spaced)
  5. A one-page statement from the dissertation adviser demonstrating his/her opinion
    • of the significance of the research and
    • the progress made to date, including the anticipated completion date.
    • Where appropriate, the nature and importance of the nominee’s contribution to a team project should be included.
  6. The nominee's curriculum vitae, including names of publications.
  7. A copy of the student's current UW transcript. An unofficial copy is acceptable.

Awards will be announced in May.

Terms of Award

  • This is a one-quarter award.
  • Award must be used during the 2014-15 year (summer 2014 through spring 2015).
  • Students must enroll for at least 10 credits during the quarter they receive the award (except for summer when it is two credits).
  • During the quarter of award, students may not receive funding or employment from another source without prior approval of the Fellowships Office.
  • The awards provide a stipend equivalent to the stipend of a standard Predoc TA II (currently $1,937 per month), GAIP insurance, and UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and International Student Fee) up to 18 credits.
  • The number of awards will be determined by the caliber of the applications and the amount of funding available.
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

Eligible programs for the Graduate School Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship competition include:

  • Anthropology
  • Bioengineering
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering
  • Information School
  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Biophysics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Urban Design and Planning Group