The Office of Research Research Scholarships for Students

Research Scholarships

UW Student Research Scholarships



UW Seattle Mary Gates Endowment for Students

Mary Gates Research and Leadership Scholarships are competitive scholarships open to all University of Washington undergraduate students. These scholarships are intended to enhance the educational experiences of undergraduate students at the University of Washington while they are engaged in faculty guided research. The goal of these scholarships is to allow students to focus more attention and time on their research, deepening their inquiry into a discipline or project, while reducing financial burden.

There are two types of Mary Gates opportunites available for students due annually in January and/or February: Leadership and Reseach.



Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to serve as a living memorial to honor the lifetime work of Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate.
By providing scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, the Goldwater Foundation is helping ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the Nation needs in these critical fields. Over its 30-year history, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that support our Scholars’ graduate school work. Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the Nation, finding cures for catastrophic diseases and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.


University of Washington Library Award

The UW Libraries Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduate students who have authored superb research projects demonstrating a creative use of scholarly material. This competition is open to all University of Washington undergraduate students on all three campuses. Students can apply individually or as a group. Cash awards range between $250-$1000.  

Applications due every year in May.

More information on the UW Library Award 



Jane E. Decker Endowed Libraries Student Support Fund

This new fund was established to support Library student employees. 

“Jane believed in access to education for everyone, and was especially drawn to returning and first generation students. She was committed to the notion that education can transform peoples’ lives, in part by expanding their horizons. For example, she promoted global awareness by offering short study abroad experiences that could accommodate the schedules of returning students who worked full time.” 

More information about the Jane E. Decker Award


Closed Scholarships for 2018

Founders Fellow Research Scholarship

The application period for 2018 UW Bothell Founders Fellow Awards is now closed.  These $1,000 student awards were possible because of the generous support of the UW Bothell Founders Endowed Fellowship. 

The purpose of these awards is to encourage and recognize the participation of undergraduate students in research in all disciplines and inter-disciplines represented on the UW Bothell campus. These awards will allow students to focus more attention and time on their research, scholarship and creative activity.  Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

 Next application period is due February 2018.


First Step Research Incentive

This program incentive is now closed.

This program was geared toward first and second year students interested in getting involved in research.  If your application was chosen, the school associated with your area of interest (STEM, Education, Nursing, IAS, or Business) will receive a $500 incentive to match you with a research faculty mentor.