Community Partner Fellows Program Application: 2024

Background

The College of Education is proud to continue its Community Partner Fellows initiative to foster and grow research + practice + community partnerships. The Community Partner Fellow program is a partnership between community Organizations and the College of Education in which advanced doctoral students work with our community partners to enhance their equity-focused research and evaluation capacity. For our PhD students, it provides critical professional development opportunities and funding to support the next generation of practitioners and scholars.

As one of Unite:Ed's key initiatives, Community Partner Fellows work in collaboration with our community partners to increase their capacity to complete the important work of learning with and serving Seattle communities. Past partners include:

  • Equal Opportunity Schools
  • Washington STEM
  • Seattle Public Schools African American Male Achievement initiative
  • Seattle Public Schools Research & Evaluation Department
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
  • College Success Foundation
  • Puget Sound College & Career Network
  • Treehouse
  • Technology Access Foundation & Pacific Science Center
  • Supporting Partnerships in Education and Beyond (formerly known as Somali Parents Education Board)
  • Schools Out Washington
  • Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC)
  • Black Education Strategy Roundtable (BESR)
  • One America

Doctoral students selected for these internships will work collaboratively with the organization on projects to help achieve educational justice. Past projects include:

  • Performing landscape analyses
  • Conducting statistical analyses
  • Conducting oral interviews and observations
  • Conducting environmental scans
  • Engaging in the co-design and study of educational initiatives & programs
  • Curriculum design and implementation

Fellowship Support

The Community Partner Fellows internship award includes a tuition waiver, non-resident tuition waiver (if needed), a scholarship, and a stipend. Students are eligible for health insurance benefits through the Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP).

For incoming PhD student applicants, the Community Partner Fellows award provides 4 years of guaranteed funding. The first two years are supported by the College of Education through a Research or Teaching Assistantship, while the second two years will be supported by the community partner internship placement. Please be aware, years 3 and 4 of the community partner fellowships are not considered a Graduate Student Employee (GSE) appointments or part of the UW collective bargaining.

We are happy to open the application process for continuing student Community Partner Fellowships. For continuing PhD students, the Community Partner Fellows award provides 1 or 2 years of funding through internship placement at one of our Community Partner Organizations. Students who are awarded this type of fellowship will be placed in a community organization and work in collaboration with the goals and objectives of the organization. Please be aware, continuing student fellowships are not considered a Graduate Student Employee (GSE) appointment or part of the UW collective bargaining.

For incoming PhD students

How to Apply

For incoming PhD students newly admitted to the College of Education for the 2024-2025 academic year, we will award 3 fellowships. 

To apply for one of these Community Partner Fellows positions, please submit the following by Friday, March 22, 2024 though the consolidated Doctoral Funding Opportunities Application.  

A cover letter indicating previous experience and interest in working with community-based organizations on equity-focused research and evaluation projects. The letter should also state the applicant’s desire to continue to build methodological experiences through coursework to be later used while in the community-based organization.

Student’s curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé.

A letter of support from their faculty advisor that describes how the student shows promise and specific interest in working with community partners. This may include reference to previous work and academic experience in community settings. Our collective goal is to award a four-year funding package to attract and support the most competitive incoming PhD students. If faculty can provide a commitment to any Research or Teaching Assistantship positions, please include this information but note that this is not required.

For continuing PhD students

How to Apply

For continuing PhD students beginning their 3rd or 4th year in the College of Education for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

To apply for one of these Community Partner Fellowship positions, please submit the following by Monday, June 3rd, 2024:  

  1. Cover letter indicating:
    1. previous experience and interest in working with community-based organizations on equity-focused research and evaluation projects. 
    2. goals after graduation
    3. methodological training and experiences you have developed and will be able to share with the community partner (e.g.,  indigenous methodologies, quantitative methods, interviewing) 
    4. content area specialization or special skill areas (e.g., STEM, Secondary Education, after school learning, higher education)
  2. Student’s curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé.
  3. A letter of support from your faculty advisor that describes how the student shows promise and specific interest in working with community partners. This should include reference to previous experiences and expertise in evaluation and research methods. 

How to access the online application:

  1. Navigate to CommunityForce
  2. Select 'CoE' login option
  3. Log in with your UW NetID and password
  4. Locate the 'Community Partner Fellows' option 
  5. Click 'Apply' and complete all steps

Key Dates in the Winter 2024 Application Process

March 8- Community Partner Fellows application opens for recently admitted PhD students with announcements posted to COE Faculty & Student listservs, social media communications, and to the website: https://education.uw.edu/admissions/community-partner-fellows-program

March 22 – Application deadline for recently admitted PhD students to apply.

April 3-5: COE staff notifies incoming students and their advisors of the award offer. The deadline to accept the Community Partner Fellows award is April 15, which is consistent with the University of Washington & the Council of Graduate Schools’ national resolution. Incoming students will receive their partner organization sites closer to the start of their internship in September 2026.

Key Dates in the Spring 2024 Application Process

May 22 - June 3: Community Partner Fellows application opens for continuing students 

June 3: Application deadline for continuing PhD students

June 7: COE staff notifies continuing students and their advisors of the award offer. 

June 14: Deadline for students to accept the award

June 14 - 21: Scholars matched with organizations

 

If you have questions about the application process or the Community Partner Fellows program, please contact Dr. Alvin Logan, Director of Unite:Ed (alogan8@uw.edu).