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Applications for Teaching Assistant (TA) positions in the Jackson School for the 2013-14 academic year will be available in late 2012. The due date for applications will be January 31, 2013.
The Jackson School administers a range of fellowships, including Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards; many are open to application from prospective first-year students. Applicants to JSIS degree programs must file a fellowship application in addition to their application for admission. For details see
In addition to need-based grants, the University's Office of Student Financial Aid administers loan programs which offer low interest rates. Aid for child care is available, and a few academic scholarships also are offered. Some career-related Work/Study jobs are available, such as library assistant in one of the area-studies sections at Suzzallo/Allen Library, research assistant for professors, or administrative work in a JSIS program or another department. Required job skills and salary levels vary widely. To apply, fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available on the Internet and from the Financial Aid Office. The priority deadline is February 28; materials should be mailed by February 15.
Contact: Office of Student Financial Aid, 105 Schmitz Hall, University of Washington, Box 355880, Seattle, WA 98195-5880; tel. (206) 543-6101, Website - http://www.washington.edu/students/osfa/. FAFSA on the Internet: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
The Assistantship Division of the Graduate School provides information about resources for loans and fellowships available on campus. Two notable examples are the National Science Foundation Fellowships awarded to students in the Social Sciences, which provide tuition and a monthly stipend for up to three years; and the Fulbright Study Abroad Fellowships, which cover expenses for travel, tuition, and research at all levels of study.
Contact: Graduate Office of Fellowships and Awards, The Graduate School, G-1 Communications Bldg., University of Washington, Box 353770, Seattle, WA 98195-2192; tel. (206) 543-7152,
Website - https://www.grad.washington.edu/students/fa
IV. JSIS Internship Scholarship Opportunities
The Jackson School oversees the administration of four scholarship funds providing financial support to unfunded or under-funded internationally-focused internships. Complete information found at http://jsis.washington.edu/career/scholarships.shtml. An overview of the funds is below:
Each year the Jackson School awards one or more Margaret C. Mykut Tuition Scholarships, which provide tuition awards of varying amounts to new students in one of the School’s ten graduate programs (rotating award); and one or more Katherine M. Tyler Fellowships, which carry stipends of approximately $10,000, to new students in Asian Studies graduate programs. All JSIS applicants are considered automatically; no separate application for Mykut or Tyler awards is required.
Although Canadian Studies does not offer a graduate degree, students enrolled in any Jackson School graduate program may apply for funding opportunities available through the Canadian Studies Center. All opportunities —including the FLAS Fellowship, grants from Foreign Affairs, Canada, etc.—require that the student incorporate comparative Canadian content into his/her research. For a full listing of Canadian-based scholarships and other funding opportunities, see
The Vincent H. Gowen Scholarship: A partial tuition scholarship for graduates of Bainbridge Island (WA) High School offered to a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in China studies.
Contact: The China Program office, 308 Thomson, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650; tel. (206) 543-4391.
The Eugene and Marilyn D. Webb Scholarship Fund recognizes academic merit and promise at both the undergraduate and graduate level by awarding grants to students on the basis of their academic record and writing ability. Candidates must be either a major in the Comparative Religion Program or an enrolled student in the Comparative Religion track of the International Studies Master's degree program and have completed at least one quarter of work at the UW. (Students with at least one quarter's work at the UW are eligible to apply.) Should no qualified Comparative Religion candidates be identified, the Comparative Religion faculty may award students majoring in an adjacent field of study (for example: anthropology, history, literature, philosophy or sociology) but with a special interest in the comparative study of religion.
Contact: See http://jsis.washington.edu/religion/scholarships.shtml for information.
Comparative Religion Office, Thomson 433, University of Washington, Box
353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650; tel. (206) 543-4835.
Schwartz Endowment Fellowships: Partial support may be available.
Contact: Prof. Ellis Goldberg at the Middle East Center, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650; tel. (206) 543-9878.
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization: Offers some fellowships to students studying Near East/Middle East subjects.
Contact: The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, 229 Denny Hall, University of Washington, Box 353120, Seattle, WA 98195-3120; tel. (206) 543-6033.
India Association of Western Washington Scholarship: Open to all students with a demonstrated interest in the study of South Asia. Approximately $1,000, subject to funding; usually two awards each year.
Contact: The South Asia Center, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650; tel. (206) 543-4800.
Fellowships for Research Projects are available through the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute for Indian Studies, the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies, the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, and the Fulbright Foundation.
Contact: The organizations directly, or inquire through the South Asia program office, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650; tel. (206) 543-4800.
Summer Language Study: Summer FLAS fellowships and other types of financial assistance are available to undergraduate and graduate students for study at the 2013 Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin. Elementary, intermediate and advanced level instruction will be offered, depending on enrollment, in the following languages: Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. Application deadline varies depending on the category of funding applied for; see http://seassi.wisc.edu/app/Onlineapp.asp for details.
Summer In-country Language Study: Advanced Study of Thai (AST) fellowships will be available, conditional on receipt of funding and also approval of each participant by the U.S. Department of Education, under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program for summer study in Chiang Mai, June to August 2013. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college study or the equivalent. Awards cover round trip air fare and partial tuition, with a modest stipend for living expenses. It is expected that there will be approximately 12 fellowships. The anticipated application deadline is
February 1, 2013.
Contact for SEASSI ( http://seassi.wisc.edu/ ): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 207 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706, phone: (608) 263-1755, fax: (608) 263-3735, email:
Contact for AST ( http://jsis.washington.edu/seac/ast/ )
Southeast Asian Studies Program, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650; tel. (206) 543-9606, fax (206) 685-0668 or email email@example.com.
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
Not administered by UW or the Jackson School, but of special interest to students focusing on East and Southeast Asia. Provides grants for an academic year in an Asian country for advanced language training in an East or Southeast Asian language. Deadline is December 31, 2012.
Contact: The Blakemore Foundation. Website http://www.blakemorefoundation.org.
The Jackson School has a few teaching assistantships in Asian Studies, Comparative Religion and International Studies. Preference is given to continuing students with relevant backgrounds.
Contact: JSIS Office of Student Services, University of Washington, Box 353650, Seattle, WA 98195-3650; tel. (206) 543-6001 beginning in mid-December, or follow this link.
The China Studies and Japan Studies programs award Research Assistantships to first-year and continuing graduate students. Applicants for admission are considered automatically; no separate form is required, and only those selected are notified. Recipients are employed half-time and work with a member of the China or Japan Studies faculty. Pays the operating component of tuition and fees plus a standard RA stipend of approximately $4,575 per quarter (2012-13 academic year; one to three quarters may be awarded).
Students also should contact individual faculty members or program offices to inquire about other available positions. It is good practice to apply to the University's Office of Student Financial Aid, since preference may be given to applicants who are eligible for Work/Study.
The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) require that all schools, including the University of Washington, verify adequate financial support for each international applicant without resorting to unauthorized employment (see http://www.grad.washington.edu/admissions/adminfo.html#International). Financial support from the University of Washington is very limited for international students seeking entrance to Jackson School graduate programs. Depending on the program to which you are applying, there are a few opportunities for which international students are eligible; see the preceding information on this page.
|Jackson School Advising|
|University of Washington|
|111 Thomson Hall|
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|(206) 543-6001 phone|
|(206) 616-3170 fax|
|Director, Student Services; Undergraduate Adviser for Asian Studies (East Asia), European Studies, and Departmental Honors|
|Undergraduate Adviser for European Studies, JSIS minors, and general advising|
|Dr. Linda Iltis|
|Undergraduate Adviser - Lead for International Studies: General, Comparative Religion, Jewish Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Canadian Studies, & Asian Studies: South Asia & Southeast Asia options|
|Graduate Program Adviser for all JSIS Master's Programs|
|Career and internship adviser for JSIS undergraduates, graduates and alumni|