The Certificate in Public Scholarship has moved to alternate-year admissions. Its last open recruitment and admissions cycle was in spring-fall 2015. The next will be in spring-fall 2017. Please look for more information in Winter Quarter 2017. You can anticipate a spring 2017 application date for coursework beginning fall 2017.
Those interested in applying for the Certificate are encouraged to take coursework that is offered by the Certificate or crosslisted with it.
Graduate students of good standing in any program at the University of Washington are eligible to apply for admission to the certificate. Interested students should review the certificate's curriculum and completion requirements. The Certificate in Public Scholarship is designed to supplement work done in your regular degree program. No more than 6 credits taken in the Certificate in Public Scholarship can overlap with requirements in the student’s home department; none of those credits can be in core courses in that department.
An applications consist of a statement of intent, vita or resume, and one letter of recommendation, and a survey of relevant coursework.
- A statement of interest and intent (750-1000 words). Your statement of intent should describe your research, teaching, and/or engagement interests; how you imagine developing those areas of interest through the certificate program; and how this course of study augments your work in your home department. It should address relevant personal and/or professional background you bring to the certificate program, as well as questions (practical, theoretical, ethical, political) that might shape your progress through it.
- A curriculum vita
- A faculty letter of recommendation. Faculty letters should speak to the student’s aptitude and aspirations for the kinds of research, teaching, and/or engagement activities central to the Certificate in Public Scholarship.
- A completed online proposal submission form
Please refer to how to submit your application online.
Application Review and Admissions
Applications for admission to the graduate Certificate in Public Scholarship are reviewed each spring by a subcommittee of the Public Scholarship Steering Committee. The submission deadline is typically set for the third week of April. Applicants will be informed of the subcommittee’s decisions by the end of May and assigned a portfolio advisor.
In its initial, start-up years, the program anticipates admitting small cohorts of fellows to allow for focused program development. At the same time, it aims to catalyze exchange and activity across a much broader network of faculty, staff, and students interested in critical cultural work and publicly-engaged scholarship.
Upon admission students become Simpson Center Public Scholarship Fellows, and are assigned a portfolio advisor. Students may propose1-3 potential portfolio advisors from among faculty affiliated with the Certificate in Public Scholarship. The admissions committee will give these nominations all due considerations, but may propose alternatives based on their knowledge of faculty interests, expertise, and availability. In acceptance, fellows commit to taking the gateway course for the certificate, PUBSCH 594: Scholarship as Public Practice, the following fall.
Please note: Fellows can count no more than 5 credits of coursework taken prior to their acceptance into the certificate program and enrolling in HUM 594: Scholarship as Public Practice. Transfer credits are not applicable. Final determination of the applicability of prior coursework towards program completion will be made in consultation with the portfolio advisor at the time of the first portfolio review, in accordance with the goals that the fellow has defined for the portfolio as a whole.
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