Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year have been awarded.  The application deadline for fellowships for Summer and Autumn Quarter 2014 will be mid-January 2014.


The Jackson School administers a number of fellowships, many of which are open to prospective graduate students applying for admission as well as to students currently enrolled at the University of Washington. Prospective students must file a fellowship application in addition to their application for admission.

Visit the Travel Fellowship page for information about Ellison Center-administered fellowships and scholarships for study abroad.

The Fellowship and 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. Fellowship counseling and application forms are available from:

The Graduate School
Fellowship and Assistantship Divisions
301 Loew Hall
University of Washington, Box 352192
Seattle, WA 98195-1240
Tel. (206)543-7152

The Grants and Funding Information Service provides links to foundations and to online funding searches.  Current and prospective graduate students may visit GFIS located in the Reference area of Suzzallo Library to search bound volumes of funding opportunities.

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) offers some financial assistance programs as well.  If you feel that you qualify for the Tuition Waiver program, please contact Marta Mikkelsen about the nomination process.

Council of Higher Education is a source of funding for American and Canadian students of Czech, Slovak and/or Ruthenian ancestry who plan to continue education in undergraduate and graduate programs on the basis of need and academic achievement or excellence.  

American Council of Learned Societies' East European Studies Program offers grants of up to $2,500 each for intensive summer study to individuals for Summer Study. Each year the languages vary. These awards are intended primarily for language study in the U.S. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and must have completed, at minimum, a four-year college degree.

Marusia and Michael Dorosh Master's Fellowship is non-renewable and is awarded annually to a student writing a thesis on a Ukrainian or Ukrainian-Canadian topic in Education, History, Law, Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Women's Studies or Library Sciences. Because funding is for thesis work only, all other degree requirements must be completed by the time the award is given. Students in non-thesis, course-based programs are not eligible.

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 other departments. Required job skills and salary levels vary widely.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences (includes area studies and language).

Boba Summer Research Fellowships
The Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies program offers the Boba Summer Research Fellowship for exceptional REECAS students to travel to Eastern Europe or Central Asia. It is available to students in the JSIS REECAS graduate program and to European Studies majors in the REECAS track. Priority will be given to those conducting research or holding internships in one of these regions, but participating in advanced language training in an accredited program will also be considered.

Applications are due April 1st, 2014, and recipients will be notified by May 1st. 

Please Note: If you accept a summer FLAS or other major source of funding for your summer plans, you will no longer be eligible for the Boba Fellowship. Upon completion of study a report on the experience will be expected. Two awards of up to $1000 will be offered toward airfare or lodging.

You will be asked to submit the following:

* A two-page essay, double-spaced, 12-point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman), with one-inch margins on all sides, in which you explain your summer plans and how these funds will assist you.
* A budget outlining your expenses.
* One faculty letter of support.
* An unofficial copy of your transcript.

Ilse D. Cirtautas Fellowship in Central Asian Studies
Fellowship for undergraduate or graduate students from any UW program who are studying Central Asia or who have lived in Central Asia. Provides up to $1,000 for travel to Central Asia or to attend a conference to present on the region. Applicants should submit an unofficial transcript, 1 letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose explaining how the funds will be used and how it will support academic pursuits.

Applications are due April 1st, 2014, and recipients will be notified by May 1st. 


FLAS Languages and Other Fellowships

To apply for a Parker, Gross or FLAS Fellowship, please review application requirements and complete the online FLAS and Other Language Fellowships application. Applications are due January 15, 2014 by 5 PM PST. Decisions will be made by April 16.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
FLAS Fellowships are administered are administered by each of the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to students enrolled in  less commonly taught languages and/or professional schools programs as well those with government service career plans.

FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The Ellison Center administers fellowships for the following languages with the approval of the U.S. Department of Education:

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Kazakh, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Tajik, Uyghur (Uighur) and Uzbek.

H. Stewart Parker Endowed Fellowships
The Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Program and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature offer an annual H. Stewart Parker Endowed Fellowship to exceptional graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences who are pursing degrees with a focus on Russia, Eastern Europe or Central Asia. Priority will be based on academic merit, with preference given to those studying Slavic languages on site abroad and those with demonstrated familiarity with the language of intended study. Upon completion of study, a report on the experience will be expected. Two awards of up to $2500 will be offered toward tuition, travel, books and fees.

Gross Undergraduate Scholarship
This scholarship is for exceptional undergraduate students interested in studying in Russia. Priority will be given to undergraduates to travel to Russia to study the Russian language, but funds may also support undergraduate students to travel to Russia to study the country’s history, literature or culture. Upon completion of study a report on the experience will be expected. One award of up to $1000 will be offered toward airfare or lodging.

We will not be accepting paper applications. One may not hold multiple language study fellowships, i.e. if you accept a FLAS or other foreign study fellowship, you are no longer eligible for these fellowships.

Bicknell Fund
The Bicknell Fund, established by Professor Emeritus Daniel C. Waugh and administered by the History Department, provides travel aid for students who intend to study the languages and cultures of Russia, Eastern Europe, or Central Asia. Preference is given to students who are enrolled in formal language study programs, but under rare circumstances students with other travel plans may be considered. Upon return, the student will be required to provide documentation on their course of study, i.e. a certificate of completion from the language program, as well as a short description (1-3 pages) of their experience. Students wishing to apply for grants to be disbursed during summer or autumn quarter 2013 or winter or spring quarter 2014 must submit their application to the History Department Undergraduate Advising Office (Smith 318) in April 2014. Please note that this scholarship is administered by the History Department. For more information and specific deadlines, please visit the History Department's website.

Polish Studies Scholarship
The University of Washington Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is accepting applications for the annual UW Polish Studies Scholarship for UW students interested in studying in Poland between June 2013 and May 2014. Scholarships, offered by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee were made possible through the generosity of supporters and friends of the UW Polish Studies.

Priority will be given to students traveling to Poland to study the Polish language, but support may be also provided to students who would like to pursue other aspects of Polish studies.

Awards of up to $1500 will be offered toward airfare, lodging and/or tuition for students enrolled in an accredited program in Poland.

For more information and specific deadlines, visit the Polish Studies Endowment.

Other opportunities for funding — There are also Summer FLAS fellowships and Other Campus Fellowships for language study.


The Ellison Center
REECAS Program
Box 353650
203B Thomson Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4852 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax