University of Washington

Comparative Religion

Thomson Hall Room 433
(206) 543-4835

Funding Graduate Students


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

All entering graduate students are automatically considered for the Domoto Webb Endowed Fellowship. There is no application process.

Graduate Students should be aware of the Joan W. Welk Endowed Fellowship which are awarded based on merit by the chair of the program. There is no formal application but those interested should contact

The Webb Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students based on merit. Click here for the application.  

Foreign Language study is critical to successful completion of the MA in Comparative Religion at the UW. There are two terrific ways to support your foreign language study: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
and Critical Language Scholarships offered through the US State Department.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships The FLAS application for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-17 will open in October 2015 and close on January 29, 2016 at 5 PM PST. FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. Students from all UW departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. FLAS Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the eight National Resource Centers of the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies will offer Academic Year 2016-17 and Summer 2016 FLAS Fellowships in these languages.

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 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.


Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
Applications are due in January

Graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).Independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.
Publications focusing on Armenian studies, Armenian history and Armenian literature of the nineteenth century or earlier.

Applications must be submitted through the dean of the university where the student is pursuing graduate studies. Please contact your school’s financial aid or fellowship office for more information and to obtain an application.


Fellowship candidates must have an outstanding undergraduate record, demonstrate financial need and be attending a designated college or university.

Grant Information:
Fellowships cover the cost of tuition and provide an annual $18,000 stipend for living expenses. Publication grants vary depending on magnitude of the publication.

Grant Cycle:
Fellowship applications are distributed to designated universities in October, applications are due in January and decisions are made in April/May.

+ 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
Thomson Hall, room 433
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