There are a number of funding resources for graduate students in Atmospheric Sciences including research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and more.
Research Assistantships & Teaching Assistantships
Stipends for beginning Research Assistants in the Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences are detailed in the Variable Rate RA Salary Schedule on the Graduate School’s website. Out-of-state tuition is waived and in-state tuition is paid for Research Assistants, as is medical, visual and dental insurance. Students are expected to work half-time, 20 hours per week, on research during the academic year, and full-time during the summer. RA and TA appointments are governed by a contract between the UW and the GSEAC/UAW – more info may be found here.
Graduate students are required to serve as Teaching Assistants for one or two quarters. The first quarter in which a student serves as a TA usually occurs during their second graduate year. The TA stipend will be at the same rate as the student’s research assistantship. The current compensation for a reader/grader is $20 per hour.
Fellowships and Other Funding Opportunities
There are a number of external funding opportunities available to graduate students in the atmospheric sciences. All potential and current graduate students are encouraged to apply.
American Meteorological Society (AMS) Fellowships – American Meteorological Society fellowships and scholarships help further the education of outstanding graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a career in the atmospheric and related oceanic or hydrologic sciences.
Deadline: 2019 Application Closed
DoE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship – The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields of study that use high performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.
Application Opens: Late October 2019 for 2020-2021
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships – The Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity.
Postdoctoral: December 10, 2019
Predoctoral: December 17, 2019
Supplementary Materials: January 7, 2020
Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) – The fellowship program sponsors fellowships for students pursuing MS or Doctoral degrees in Earth system science, space science and related disciplines.
Deadline: 2019 Application Closed
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship – The Foundation provides Fellowships to exceptionally talented individuals studying in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences.
Application Opens: August 2019 for 2020-2021
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program – The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.
Deadline: October 21 – 25, 2019 (depending on field of study)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship – NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science or engineering.
Application Opens: September 2019
Pathways to Science – a helpful resource listing multiple funding opportunities
SMART Scholarship – The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Deadline: December 3, 2019