UW Tobacco Studies Scholarship Program

Overview

Housed within the Department of Health Services at the School of Public Health, the UW Tobacco Studies Program provides an integrated, multi-departmental scholarship program focused on the prevention and treatment of tobacco use and related diseases.

Students explore topics such as tobacco-related health disparities, marketing and counter marketing influences on health behavior, the psychology of addictive behaviors, counseling and cessation support for tobacco dependence, pharmacology of tobacco cessation, history of the tobacco epidemic, global tobacco use, health and public policy, and more.

View current and former Tobacco Scholars here.

Eligibility

Graduate students pursuing a master's (first or second year) in any UW program are eligible to apply. UW doctoral students may apply for the career development stipends only.

Students who receive funding from other sources such as RAships or the federal government (excluding tobacco companies or their subsidiaries) are still eligible to apply, as are international students.

Tobacco Scholars who are first-year students may re-apply in their second year if successful progress has been made in their program.

All program requirements must be completed in addition to the student's regular course of study and other department or track requirements. Scholarship recipients will work closely with a faculty mentor from the UW School of Public Health.

Awards and Requirements

Tobacco Studies Fellowship (Full Concentration)
up to $1000 (one to three awarded per year)

Provides an opportunity for students to gain experience with a tobacco control agency or research project, pursue a tobacco-related topic in depth and gain a broader understanding of tobacco control through coursework and seminars.

Fellowship Requirements:
  • Complete HSERV 558: Tobacco & Public Health (3 credits) during the Spring quarter
  • Attend 3 or more tobacco studies journal club meetings and/or seminars during the year
  • Facilitate one tobacco studies journal club on a tobacco related topic of choice
  • Complete a 120-hour tobacco-related practicum or internship (satisfies the MPH practicum requirement; assistance will be provided to identify a suitable opportunity)
  • Complete a masters thesis or capstone project on a tobacco-related topic
  • Present research, final project, or practicum poster to your Department, School, Program, Agency or Conference (HSERV 558 final project will also fulfill this requirement)

Tobacco Studies Career Development Award
up to $500 (up to four awarded per year)

Provides an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of the impact of tobacco on public health through coursework and seminars and supports other activities such as tobacco-related research projects and/or a presentation at a national tobacco control or public health meeting.

Award Requirements:
  • Complete HSERV 558: Tobacco & Public Health (3 credits) during the Spring quarter
  • Facilitate one tobacco studies journal club on a tobacco related topic of choice
  • Attend 3 or more tobacco studies journal club meetings and seminars during the year
  • Present a journal club session and one other research, final project, or practicum poster to your Department, School, Program, Agency or Conference (HSERV 558 final project will also fulfill this requirement)

Selection and Allocations

The number and levels of awards granted to eligible students will be determined based on strength of the applications, financial need and number of qualified applicants. Successful applicants will be determined by the UW Tobacco Studies Scholarship Committee. Awards will be distributed in full within a month of notification.

Application Process and Deadline

The application for the 2014-15 program will be open in Fall quarter of 2014 (exact date TBA). Electronic submission (email) preferred.

Questions

Patricia Atwater, MPH
atwaterp@uw.edu
206-616-4482

or

Abigail Halperin MD, MPH
abigail@uw.edu
206-616-4482