Tobacco Studies Program

Scholarship Opportunities


The purpose of the Tobacco Scholars Program is to support master’s and doctoral students at the University of Washington in their studies of tobacco and public health in order to develop the tobacco prevention, research, control and treatment workforce.

Tobacco Studies Career Development Award
Maximum of $1000 (up to five awarded per year on a rolling basis)

Provides an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of the impact of tobacco on public health through coursework and seminars, and supports specific career development activities such as tobacco-related research projects, Tobacco Treatment Specialist training*, and/or a presentation at a national tobacco control or public health meeting.

If awarded, Career Development Award recipients will be expected to:

  • Complete or have completed HSERV 558 (3 credits) during the winter quarter or HSERV 556 (2 credits) during the autumn, spring or summer quarters
  • Facilitate one TSP journal club meeting on a tobacco related topic of choice
  • Attend remaining journal club meetings and seminars during the year
  • Present one research, final project, or practicum poster to a department, school, program, agency or conference (HSERV 558 final project will also fulfill this requirement) or provide proof of completion of Tobacco Treatment Specialist training* to program

*Beginning this 2018-19 cycle, Tobacco Treatment Specialist training programs are eligible for Career Development Award funding through the UW Tobacco Studies Program. The University of Kentucky’s online TTS Training program is highly recommended. The full list of TTS training programs accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) is available here.

Tobacco Studies Fellowship (full concentration)
Maximum of $2,000 (up to five awarded per year during period of Oct. 1 to Nov. 30)

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, mentoring, and seminars.

If awarded, Fellowship recipients will be expected to:

  • Complete or have completed HSERV 556 for 2 credits in autumn, spring or summer quarters
  • Complete or have completed HSERV 558 for 3 credits in winter quarter (students who have already completed HSERV 558 for 2 credits can contact for additional options)
  • Attend all TSP journal clubs and seminars
  • Facilitate one journal club meeting on a tobacco-related topic
  • Depending on status/year in program at time of application:
    • Complete or have completed a 120-hour tobacco-related practicum or internship (satisfies the MPH practicum requirement; assistance will be provided to identify a suitable opportunity)
    • Complete a master’s thesis or capstone project on a tobacco-related topic (TSP program can help develop a thesis or capstone project)

Eligibility & Selection:

Graduate students pursuing a master’s (first or second year) in any UW program are eligible to apply for either or both TSP scholarships. UW doctoral students may apply for the career development awards 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 and fellowship.

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 Tobacco Studies Program.

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.

Note that coursework is not a prerequisite for the TSP awards; you are expected to complete the courses in the year you receive funding.

Application Overview:

After reading eligibility criteria and requirements, please submit all application components in the order below in a single PDF document by November 2, 2018 to Awards will be announced and fellowship recipients notified in late November.

Students interested in the Tobacco Studies Fellowship or Career Development Award must complete or obtain the following: 1) complete student information form (PDF); 2) statement of interest; 3) statement of financial need; 4) resume or CV; 5) obtain copy of transcript; 6) obtain letter of support.

1) STUDENT INFORMATION FORM: Please complete the form in its entirety. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns.

2) STATEMENT OF INTEREST: In 1 to 2 pages (1.5 spacing), describe your interest in tobacco prevention, control or treatment, your prior experience with tobacco control issues (if any), and the ways in which a focus on tobacco topics specifically relates to your overall academic and professional goals and future plans (including practicum, capstone, and/or thesis ideas). If applying for the Career Development Award, the Statement should clearly describe and justify how you intend to use the award and a brief budget for its use.

3) STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL NEED: Briefly (in 1 or 2 paragraphs) explain how you will benefit from this award and how you would use the funds. (Note: You can include the Statement of Financial Need in the Statement of Interest if you choose.)

4) RESUME or CV: An up-to-date copy of your work experience and education.

5) COPY OF TRANSCRIPT: An up-to-date copy of your UW transcript, including fall enrollments for new students.

6) LETTER OF SUPPORT: Please include a brief (no longer than one page) letter of support from a current or former employer, faculty member or advisor who can speak to your interest in tobacco as a public health issue, and to the quality of your previous academic (or other) work.