SPOTLIGHT: GFIS - Graduate Funding Information Service
Wondering how to pay for your graduate degree? Hoping to cover travel expenses for a conference or afford an unpaid summer internship? The Graduate Funding Information Service (“GFIS”) is a funding information resource for University of Washington graduate students across all campuses. The service is open to both current and admitted students, and can provide guidance on funding opportunities for all types of graduate school-related expenses, including tuition, living costs, research, and conference travel.
GFIS’s primary role is assisting students in locating funding opportunities, such as scholarships or fellowships, to which they can apply to support their education. GFIS can point students toward specialized databases, websites, and other tools to use when searching for graduate funding, and help them to think creatively about search terms and tactics in order to maximize results.
GFIS also helps orient graduate students to the academic funding landscape within the University of Washington, providing information about the types of funding available from the university and how to apply for it. Although GFIS does not play any role in awarding internal UW funding, it can advise students on the appropriate point of contact for a particular financial issue or funding opportunity, and explain how enrollment in particular UW degree programs, such as fee-based or self-sustaining programs, might affect funding options.
More broadly, GFIS helps students develop effective funding strategies for their time in graduate school. We assist students in creating timelines and prioritizing funding-related tasks so that valuable opportunities do not go overlooked, and can provide insight on individual student funding needs and the options that may be available to address particularly challenging funding situations.
Students can visit GFIS in person at the Allen Library Research Commons on the Seattle campus during drop-in advising hours (1:30pm-2:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during Spring Quarter 2017) or schedule a dedicated individual appointment at a convenient time. Individual consultations can also be arranged over the telephone, and GFIS is happy to communicate with students about funding questions by email. Online, the GFIS Guide provides tips about searching for funding, as well as links to a wealth of funding tools and resources. The GFIS Blog regularly posts selected upcoming funding opportunities appropriate for UW graduate students, including both external awards and internal, UW-only scholarship and assistantship opportunities. GFIS hosts funding workshops throughout the year (some of which are available in webinar format online) and will be visiting the Bothell campus for a graduate school funding information session on Friday, April 28th at 4pm.