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Applications open for Magnuson Scholars Program

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The Magnuson Scholars Program recognizes one graduate student in each of the University of Washington’s six health sciences schools who demonstrates excellent academic performance and outstanding potential for research in the health sciences.

Sponsor:  Warren G. Magnuson Institute for Biomedical Research and Health Professions Training

Program: Magnuson Scholars Program

School of Medicine internal deadline: Feb. 17, 2023

Funding Amount per scholar:  Projected amount for 2023-2024 is approximately $32,000

Synopsis of Program:

The program is funded by a $2 million endowment from the Warren G. Magnuson Institute for Biomedical Research and Health Professions Training. The late U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson was committed to improving the nation’s health through biomedical research. During his long career in the U.S. Senate, Magnuson was instrumental in establishing the National Institutes of Health, Medicare, and Medicaid.  At least one of the six Magnuson Scholars who are selected must be preparing for or actively engaged in a career pathway related to diabetes research, its antecedents, or complications.


  • Students must be enrolled in a graduate program in the health professions at the UW and must be registered for the summer quarter of 2023 and winter quarter of 2024 to disburse the funds.
  • Students may be nominated in consecutive years by their respective schools.
  • Scholars will be selected based on academic performance and/or promise and the student’s potential contributions to research in the health sciences.
  • Students enrolled in the Allied Health programs qualify for nomination through the School of Medicine. 

Selection Process:

Magnuson Scholars Program will make the final review and selection of the scholars based on the schools’ nominees meeting eligibility and selection criteria, upon their academic performance and/or promise, and the student’s potential contributions to research in the health sciences. 

Per the criteria established by the Magnuson Scholarship, at least one recipient from the six Health Sciences schools must prepare for or actively engage in a career pathway related to diabetes research. Special consideration will be given to Washington state residents and students of underrepresented groups in the Health Sciences schools.

The Magnuson Scholars Program & Health Sciences Administration will announce the scholarship recipients in April. 

Application Process:

To apply for this award, please submit the following to Jaël Allen (adminSA@uw.edu) by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, February 17, 2023:

  • Current transcript (unofficial is acceptable: https://registrar.washington.edu/students/transcripts/)
  • Current CV
  • A one-page statement of career objective
  • One page letter of recommendation from the supervising UW faculty member (if you do not have a current supervising faculty member, the letter should come from a UW faculty member who can speak to your research skills/experience)

Please mark application materials “Magnuson Scholarship” and submit them to adminSA@uw.edu If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at adminSA@uw.edu

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