Current Students

SoN Scholarships & Fellowships

In addition to the opportunities listed below, additional scholarships are made possible through gifts by the School’s alumni and friends.

Scholarships for New Students

PhD applicants are considered for scholarships at the time admissions decisions are made. No additional action is needed. Some PhD admissions offers will include scholarship support. The number and amount of awards vary annually. However, the School cannot support all new Phd students so not everyone will be offered funding.

All other incoming students should submit an application for SoN scholarships in the spring.


Scholarships & Fellowships for Current Students

School of Nursing Scholarships

All SoN students are encouraged to apply for scholarships from the School. Applications are accepted every Spring for funding in the following academic year. Applicants will be considered for all available scholarships; separate applications are not needed.

Hester McLaws Nursing Dissertation Scholarship

The Hester McLaws Nursing Dissertation Scholarship provides funding up to $3,500 for dissertation-related expenses. This is available to any PhD student who has passed their General Exam. Applications may be submitted any time.

Student Conference Travel Awards

Students who will present at a regional or national conference may apply for funds to help offset the expense of attendance. Awards are up to $350 per student. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation and lodging. Students may apply for Travel Awards at any time; applications are evaluated monthly.

Emergency Financial Aid

Students who experience unexpected financial hardship may be eligible for “emergency” financial aid from UW and/or SoN. Students are encouraged to first apply for UW Emergency Aid. UW Emergency Aid is available to all students; there are no residency requirements or other restrictions. Eligible students should also consider requesting a change to existing financial aid packages.

Next, students should apply for SoN Emergency Financial Aid. Award amounts vary, but are typically a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Awards may include scholarships and/or student loans borrowed directly from the School. These awards are intended to be used in the current academic quarter, but requests for up to one quarter in the future may be considered.

Requests for emergency aid should not replace annual applications for SoN scholarships or UW financial aid.

School of Nursing Research Center Scholarships

UW School of Nursing-affiliated research centers offer scholarships in addition to those presented here:


Departmental funding

Limited departmental funding may be available for graduate nursing students. To apply, submit an approved proposal or project/thesis plan to your department chair.

Aging and Informatics Training Program

The UW School of Nursing has a new T32 training program in Aging and Informatics funded by the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research. This interdisciplinary research training program that prepares future researchers with expertise in the use of informatics to support aging.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, both at the pre-doctoral level (PhD nursing students) and post-doctoral level (with a PhD in nursing or related field). For more information, contact Dr. Hilaire Thompson (

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NIOSH student funding

PhD nursing students may be eligible for funded traineeships from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety for 16 quarters.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time (10 credits or more)

  • take all of the required occupational health and safety courses, and
  • complete their PhD dissertation related to occupational health and/or safety issues

Depending on availability, the traineeships may cover tuition costs and some stipend. For more information, contact Jenny Tsai ( or Butch de Castro (

Nursing Loans

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provides Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funds to nursing schools to help graduate students who plan to become nursing faculty upon graduation. The loan can be used for tuition, fees, books, and other educational supplies, but not living expenses.

Funding varies based upon each student’s educational expenses up to $35,000 per year, as determined by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid. Up to 85% of the total loan amount is cancelled if you maintain eligible employment (as a full-time faculty member, part-time faculty who is also a preceptor, or full-time ARNP with an adjunct or affiliate faculty position) for the first four years after graduation. Borrowers will then have six years to repay the remaining 15% of the principle balance, plus interest (with a 3% interest rate).

Applicants must be a Master’s, DNP or PhD student in good standing, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and plan to teach in a faculty role upon graduation. Completion of the FAFSA is required to verify citizenship/residency. Email for more information.

Students at all three campuses are eligible to borrow NFLP loans. Bothell and Tacoma students should contact their student services office for more information.

Torrance Loans

SoN offers Torrance Loans directly to nursing students. Torrance Loans are $2,000 each and can be requested every quarter. The loans have a 10-year repayment period at 3% interest. Email for more information.