Scholarships

Scholarships for 2023

 

Scholarship applications are open for the 2023 scholarship. Priority deadline is March 10.

 

Scholarship opportunities will be available for:

  • Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (SISG), and the
  • Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID)

SISG and SISMID courses will be held in-person at the University of Washington Seattle campus (except SISG Module 17, which will be held online). Please ready through the instructions below before submitting your application. A link to the application is at the bottom of this page.

A major goal of the Summer Institutes is to strengthen the statistical proficiency, as applied to genetics and infectious diseases, and career preparation of scholars from all backgrounds. We encourage applications from groups historically underrepresented in STEM such as racial and ethnic minority groups, low income, first generation college students, veterans, people with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ groups.

Funding Information

  • Scholarship funding is not available for the 2022 Summer Institute in Statistics for Big Data (SISBID) or the Summer Institute in Statistics for Clinical & Epidemiological Research (SISCER).
  • SISG scholarships are partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Number DEB-2016186.
  • SISMID is partially supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25 AI147391.

Eligibility & Requirements

SISG Scholarships
  • Eligibility: Graduate students who attend a U.S. institution are eligible to apply for SISG scholarships. 
  • Not Eligible: Postdocs and students attending international institutions are not eligible for SISG scholarships.
  • What scholarships cover: Scholarship recipients will have registration costs covered for up to three modules. In addition, a limited number of U.S.-based scholarship recipients will be awarded travel stipends to help offset costs. Travel stipends will be awarded at the discretion of the scholarship review committee. All U.S.-based applicants will automatically be considered for travel stipends. Travel stipends are processed after students have completed their Summer Institutes courses (i.e., students pay travel, lodging, and meal costs then claim reimbursement after they have completed their courses). The university is transitioning to a new fiscal system July 1, which means students can expect to receive a reimbursement check approximately 8-14 weeks after submitting final paperwork.
SISMID Scholarships
  • Eligible: Graduate students and postdocs at U.S. and international institutions are eligible to apply for SISMID registration scholarships.
  • What scholarships cover: Scholarship recipients will have registration costs provided for up to three modules. In addition, a limited number of U.S.-based scholarship recipients will be awarded travel stipends to help offset costs. Travel stipends will be awarded at the discretion of the scholarship review committee. All U.S.-based applicants will automatically be considered for travel stipends. Travel stipends are processed after students have completed their Summer Institutes courses (i.e., students pay travel, lodging, and meal costs then claim reimbursement after they have completed their courses). Students can expect to receive a reimbursement check approximately 6-8 weeks after submitting final paperwork.

How to Complete the Application

 

If you do not complete your application in one session, simply click SAVE DRAFT and you will be able to continue your application by logging into your dashboard and selecting EDIT.

When you have finished your application, we recommend you conduct a final review before hitting SUBMIT as once your application is submitted, you will no longer be able to edit it.

Applicants may apply for up to three modules total (any combination of SISG and SISMID modules, providing the applicant is eligible).

The priority scholarship application deadline is March 10 or until funds are exhausted. Applications received by March 10 will be given first consideration and applicants will be notified of their award status by April 3. Applications received after March 10 will be considered only if funding remains after the first round of awards.

For questions email uwbiost@uw.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I’m applying for a scholarship, do I need to register for the modules as well?

Space has been reserved in each module for scholarship recipients. Please do not register for modules that you request in your scholarship application as you may incur a $70 fee for transferring payment from a credit card to scholarship. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a unique code to use to register for modules.

What should be included in my application statement?

The applicant statement should address how requested modules will contribute to, or advance, an applicant’s research or career goals. It should reflect how the applicant expects to use information learned through the modules; how the applicant’s experience to date has prepared them for the requested modules (academic, volunteer, personal experiences/challenges, etc.), and any other relevant information reviewers should know about why an applicant is applying for a scholarship.

What should be included in the letter of recommendation?

Scholarship applications should include a statement from the applicant’s academic advisor that explains: (1) the benefit to the applicant’s graduate program of attendance at SISG and/or SISMID; (2) that the SISG and/or SISMID modules being applied for are not available at the applicant’s institution, and (3) that attendance at SISG and/or SISMID by the applicant would be less likely without scholarship support.

How does my advisor submit a letter of recommendation for my scholarship application?

In your application, you will be asked to list your advisor’s name and email.

After you have completed your application, email the following link to your advisor and make sure your advisor uses the same email you provided in your application to submit the letter: http://si.biostat.washington.edu/suminst/advisor/recommendation

If your advisor is not able to upload your letter of recommendation, please have them email it to uwbiost@uw.edu.

How do I know if my scholarship application has been received or whether anything is missing?

You may access your scholarship application by logging in to your Account Dashboard at any point to check the application status.

Remember your username and password. The application status will be listed as one of the following:

  • Submitted. The application has been started but is not yet complete. An application is not complete until a letter of recommendation has been uploaded by your advisor.
  • Ready for Review. The application is complete and ready for review by the Summer Institutes directors. Generally, it takes several weeks to review all applications.
  • In Review. This means an application has been reviewed by one person but is awaiting review by another.
  • Reviewed. The application has been reviewed and is awaiting release of the decision. We will release decisions beginning April 15.
  • Released. A decision regarding the application has been made and your dashboard will reflect whether you have been awarded a scholarship(s). In conjunction with releasing the award, we send an email to applicants notifying them of their final award status.

 

    For questions email uwbiost@uw.edu.

    I have seen the transformative effect these courses have on students and I can say with great certainty that these experiences make them better students and ultimately better and more competitive scientists.—2021 SISG Scholarship Advisor