University of Washington

Comparative Religion

(206) 543-4835

Funding Graduate Study


All students applying for graduate admission to the Comparative Religion Program, ARE eligible to become Teaching Assistants. 

Foreign Language Grants

Foreign Language study is critical to successful completion of the MA in Comparative Religion at the UW. The Critical Language Scholarships offered by the US Department of State provide the best financial support. 

All applicants to our MA program - both those without previous foreign language training and those with it - should immediately consider grants for language study available from Foreign Language (FLAS). The application is now live and available 

Apply early! The FLAS is also open to current graduate students. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

 The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

+ U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
+ American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
+ Ohio State University
+ Ohio University

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), and provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Over sixty languages, including all thirteen CLS languages, are included on the Boren Program’s list of “emphasized languages.” Funding includes up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students, depending on cost and length of program.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants to recent graduates, Master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals for individually designed study or research projects and for English Teaching Assistantships. The Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award provides supplemental funding to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for grantees to receive between three and six months of intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants. This opportunity is available for select languages.


University of Washington Funding

Travel Funding

Outside Funding

Deadline: Jan. 15
Amounts from $1500 (for one quarter), though under exceptional
circumstances two-quarter $3000 fellowships have been awarded. Application: application form, a transcript (unofficial), current CV, 1-2 page description of proposed study or research abroad (include description of the nature of the study, country, location(s), anticipated dates of stay, how a Schwartz fellowship would be used, and three letters of recommendation. Send all materials to: Maurice & Lois Schwartz Award Committee, c/o Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; 229 Denny Hall, Box 353120, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3120.

Program Coordinator, Loryn Paxton
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4835

Graduate Advising, Paula Milligan
(206) 543-6001

Student Advising, Linda Iltis
Transfer credits from another university to UW, inquire about learning abroad programs etc
(206) 543-6001