Student Funding Overview

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences students fund their education through a combination of research assistantships (RAs), teaching assistantships (TAs), and traineeships, as well as fellowships, student loans, savings, and outside employment.

First year RAs, TAs, and traineeships are awarded on a competitive basis based on overall rank in the degree program applicant pool. Second year awards are based on selection of adviser, adequate funding availability, students making adequate academic progress, and fit with funding sources. Irrespective of funding awarded in the first year, all students are responsible for identifying a source of funding for their second year. Students are highly encouraged to apply for fellowships.

Salary and Benefits: These appointments usually include partial or full salary, tuition waiver (excluding student-related fees of approximately $500-550 per quarter), and medical, dental, and vision benefits through GAIP*.

Types of Support

Research and Teaching Assistantships

RAs are funded by state or federal grant funds. Domestic and international applicants are eligible. The number of quarters available varies each year. These awards carry a work commitment (service expectancy) of 20 hours per week. Students must be full-time (registered for at least 10 credits during the fall through the spring) to be eligible to be paid. Appointees are also expected to abide by the Student Conduct Code and maintain good academic progress.

TA positions are often matched to second year masters and doctoral students. Course instructors can hire students they advise as part of the student's overall funding package. If the department has any unfilled TA slots, these positions will be advertised to all DEOHS students as an "open" TA position and anyone may apply. The hiring choice is made by the course instructor based on the applicants' qualifications (as reflected in a resume).

TA and RA positions in the academic year 2015-2016 provide a salary of $2060 per month, a tuition waiver (minus student fees), and benefits. Doctoral students who achieve candidacy currently receive a salary of $2378 per month.

Traineeships and Fellowships

Traineeships are available for graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents.

Students in the Exposure Science (MS) and Environmental and Occupational Hygiene (PhD) programs may be supported on a training grant funded by the CDC/NIOSH Education and Research Center training grant (ERC). Students in the Environmental and Occupational Health MPH program who opt for the environmental and occupational nursing emphasis track  or Occupational Health at the Human Animal Interface will also be eligible for ERC funding.

Doctoral students in the Toxicology or Environmental and Occupational Hygiene doctoral programs can compete for NIH Environmental Pathology Training Grant funding if their advisers participate in the grant.

Doctoral students in either the Toxicology or Environmental and Occupational Hygiene degree programs can apply for Biostatistics, Epidemiologic and Bioinformatic Training in Environmental Health funding if their advisers participate in the grant.

Students supported by training grants are paid stipends.  Stipends may vary depending on the grant and the degree track.

New or continuing students may also apply for individual fellowships, which are primarily funded from federal sources like the NIH, CDC, EPA, etc. However, occasionally there are some available from private sources (foundations, private business, and professional organizations like AIHA, SOT, NEHA, NSF). DEOHS forwards fellowship opportunity announcements to students whenever notices are sent to us. They are also often listed on the department's training opportunities webpage. Another good source of information is the Graduate Funding and Information Services Office.

Recruitment Awards

The department has several sources of funding for outstanding first year students:

The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) fellowship provides a total stipend of $17,500 ($7,500 in year one, and $5,000 in years two and three). This stipend is in addition to core funding via RA quarters or a traineeship.

The Top Scholar Fellowship provides first academic year support plus a one time $1,000 recruitment bonus.

The Graduate Opportunity and Minority Access Program fellowship provides first academic year of support plus a one time $1,000 recruitment bonus. 

The DEOHS Admissions Committee chooses the recipients of these fellowships on a competitive basis. ARCS recipients must be doctoral students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Student Financial Aid

Students without financial support can find information on grants and loans via the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA).  To be considered for any type of support, you will need to first fill out the FAFSA and submit it before the deadlines as outlined on their website.  That is used to determine how much and what type of aid you qualify for for the upcoming academic year.  The Financial Aid office might offer you both grants and loans, or just one or the other, but you are not required to accept any of the aid that they offer you.  The difference between a grant and a loan is that grants do not require re-payment back, it is freely given for you to use, while a loan will have some type of re-payment plan after you graduate or if you fail to meet certain requirements as outlined in the loan documents that you would sign. 

Occupational and Environmental Residency Program Funding

Questions about funding for the Occupational and Environmental medicine residency program should be directed to the residency program office:

Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency/Fellowship Program
Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 744-9397

* The University of Washington pays for medical, dental, and vision coverage for students with RA, TA, and stipend appointments. Spouses, domestic partners, and children can be enrolled with 50% of the costs paid by the student. The program is underwritten by the Lifewise Assurance program.