Application Deadlines

The Certificate in Public Scholarship has moved to alternate-year admissions. Those interested in applying for the Certificate are encouraged to take coursework that is offered by the Certificate or crosslisted with it.

The next application deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2019 for coursework beginning Autumn 2019.  (The next cycle after that will be for Autumn 2021).

Register for an information session at 

  • Wednesday, February 27, 4 pm, Communications 218D
  • Wednesday, March 13, 4 pm, Communications 218D

Application Information

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 learning objectivescurriculum 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 application consists of an application form, a statement of intent + vita or resume, and one letter of recommendation.

  • 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 recommendationFaculty 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.

The program anticipates admits small cohorts to allow for focused advising.  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 Certificate in 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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