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College of the Sciences

Washington State Distinguished Fellowship in Biology

The Washington State Distinguished Fellowship in Biology (for graduate students) was established by generous donations from the Farrell family and the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board to support excellence in Biology.


Up to $750 per award. Limit one award per academic year per graduate student.

Allowable Expenses:

• thesis research equipment and supplies

• thesis research travel - to collect data; get needed training or participate in special workshops; or for conference expenses (e.g., food) not covered by the Office of Graduate Studies

• stipends for field research assistants

• page charges for publication of a manuscript based on the thesis research


• Applicants must be graduate students in the CWU Department of Biology.

• Students awarded the Botanical/Mycological Research Fund are also eligible for the Washington State Distinguished Fellowship in Biology.


The application packet must include:

• 250-word abstract of research project, including objectives and methods or study design

• Itemized budget (with justification, if needed), and other funding

• Endorsement from your advisor, through a signature on the cover page indicating the advisor has read the proposal and supports the project. 


• Please submit your completed application via email to the Biology Department Office ( Be sure to put “WA State Distinguished Fellowship” in the subject line.


Award recipients must acknowledge funding in their thesis and all presentations and publications resulting from the research supported by this grant.  

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