Funding

CGS Funding Resource Collection

Looking for ways to fund your education or research? Explore the information below to discover a number of resources available at UW and beyond. Be sure to check back for regular updates on upcoming information sessions & other timely news.

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list. We strongly encourage you to conduct a broader search based on your academic discipline and research interests.


General Funding Resources

If you have any questions about funding opportunities, please contact your respective departments, or reach out to the following offices:

Additionally, please explore the following resources:


Upcoming 2021-2022 Application Deadlines and Information Sessions

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Please note: this collection is not an exhaustive list, and is intended as a reference. Always check with external funding sources directly for the most current information.

 

Margaret McNamara Education Grants

Deadline: January 15, 2022

  • For enrolled women graduate & graduate students
  • From developing countries
  • At least 25 years old
  • Up to $15,000 award for U.S. program

Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG) draws inspiration from Margaret McNamara, and her vision of education and gender equality. MMEG awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from developing countries who are enrolled as full-time students for the following academic term in accredited universities in the United States and Canada, have demonstrated financial need and are committed to working for the well-being of women and children.

Click here for more information, including how to apply.


 Easa A. Bateh Fellowships

Deadline: January 15, 2022

This award is made possible by a generous donation from the Bateh family. This fund supports students who study Arabic language and/or demonstrate a deep commitment to Islamic culture in any of its aspects (religion, law, literature, etc.). Applicants must hold a 3.50 GPA or higher in his/her major and a 3.26 overall GPA.

Application Materials Needed:

  • An application form
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A research paper on a topic of Arabic or Islamic interest
  • A statement of purpose outlining interest and research concerning Arabic language and/or Islamic studies.

Learn more.


Maurice and Lois Schwartz Fellowship

Deadline: January 15, 2022

The Schwartz fellowship is designed to help support graduate students with international study during their degree program. The normal amounts for Schwartz fellowships are $1500 (for one quarter), though under exceptional circumstances two-quarter $4000 fellowships have been awarded. The international study need not involve a full quarter of study. Some recipients in the past have proposed shorter periods of study with targeted goals (e.g., gathering of research data for an academic project; study in an intensive language program of more limited duration).

First priority must be given to students in the NELC M.A. program.
Students must be enrolled as UW students in the quarter in which the award is distributed.

Application Materials Needed:

  • An application form
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A current CV
  • A 1-2 page description of the proposed study or research abroad (include a description of the nature of the study, country, location(s), anticipated dates of stay, and the way in which a Schwartz fellowship would be used)
  • Three letters of reference from faculty familiar with the student’s work, including the principal dissertation advisor.

The Turkish and Ottoman Literature Endowed Fellowship

Deadline: January 15, 2022

This fellowship was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor and matching funds from the University. The current amount in the endowment allows an estimated stipend for the academic year of about $15,000. To be eligible, applicants must be Ph.D. students at the University of Washington whose major field of study is Turkish and/or Ottoman literature and hold a 3.50 GPA or higher in his/her major and a 3.26 overall GPA.

Application Materials Needed:

  • An application form
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A current CV
  • A cover letter with an explanation of the dissertation research
  • Three letters of reference from faculty familiar with the student’s work, including the principal dissertation advisor.

Graduate Women in Science National Fellowships Program

Deadline: January 22, 2022, 5:00 pm (ET)

The GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2019 to help increase knowledge in the natural sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Endowment funds, mostly generated from bequests, provide the annual income that supports scientific research done by GWIS award winners.

Fellowship funds may be used for such expenses as:

  • expendable supplies
  • small equipment to be used by the recipient (not for general use)
  • publication of research findings
  • travel and subsistence while performing field studies
  • travel to another laboratory for collaborative research
  • Undergraduate collaborators (up to 1/3 of total requested amount)

A maximum of $10,000 may be requested – any proposal requesting over $10,000 will be disqualified.

Eligibility:

  • Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing hypothesis-driven research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Career level (e.g. graduate student vs. assistant professor) of the candidate will be taken into consideration when reviewing the proposals.
  • Awards will be made irrespective of race, religion, nationality, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or age.
  • Application for the GWIS Fellowships is offered at no cost to current GWIS members, as a member benefit. For non-members, an application processing fee of $50 is required. Fellowships applicants that are not already GWIS members may join GWIS with a 6-month introductory membership at a discounted rate of $40. Please note that membership approval can take up to 48 hours, so if you want to become a GWIS member, please do so (ideally) at least a week before the Fellowships deadline.
  • Financial need of research funding is a requirement for the application. No project that has already been fully funded will be eligible for the awards. All pending funding sources must be listed in the application and reviewers will consider these when assessing the financial need of the project.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.


Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Deadline for Fellowships: January 26, 2022 at 5 pm (EST); Deadline for Scholarships: February 2, 2022, 5 pm (EST)

Boren Scholars and Fellows study a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Swahili. Boren Awards are available to students of all proficiency levels who are committed to enhancing their skills.

Boren recipients represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Boren Scholars and Fellows from diverse fields of study immerse themselves in the cultures in world regions underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Learn more and apply here.


 The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Deadline: January 31, 2022

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students.

Based on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the six National Resource Centers of the University of Washington will offer Academic Year and Summer FLAS Fellowships in the following languages:

Arabic –Bangla –Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian – Burmese –Chinese –Hebrew –Hindi –Indigenous languages spoken in Canada –Indonesian/Malaysian –Inuktitut –Japanese –Kazakh –Khmer –Korean –Persian –Portuguese –Russian – Swahili –Tagalog –Thai – Turkish – Urdu – Uyghur – Vietnamese

Graduate Students Only: French (intermediate or advanced only)

Learn more. 


Truman Scholarship

Truman Deadline: February 1, 2022. NOTE: UW application deadline may be earlier. Please check with a university rep.

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 to support graduate studies toward a public service degree. It is open to juniors who plan on careers in pubic service.

Eligibility requirements:    

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • Junior, or senior in third year of college enrollment.
  • Extensive record of campus and community service
  • Commitment to a career in government or nonprofit/advocacy sectors
  • Communication skills and high probability of becoming a “change agent”
  • Strong academic record with likely acceptance by a first-tier graduate school
  • Upper quartile of class (candidates generally have a GPA of 3.8 or higher)
  • Nomination by Whitman (up to four students may be nominated)

The Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purpose is to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.intern

Award summary and conditions: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school; participate in leadership development activities; and enjoy special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation-funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding.

Click here for more information.


Harborview INSIGHT Summer Research Program

Deadline: February 1, 2022

  • For graduate, undergraduate, and first-year medical students
  • Eight-week summer internship, paid research experience
  • $3,200 stipend
  • Open to DACA recipients, U.S. citizens, and U.S. permanent residents

Harborview’s Pediatric Injury Prevention Student Internship Training (INSIGHT) program for graduate and undergraduate students is an intensive, eight-week summer internship for undergraduate students, graduate students and first-year medical students. Applications are open from mid-November to mid-January for the coming summer. INSIGHT provides paid research experience and mentorship for students who are interested in injury research. Participants are matched to research projects and partnered with health sciences faculty from across the University of Washington and work alongside peers and health professionals from an array of disciplines. Past research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential.

Click here for more information, including how to apply.


Michael A. Williams Award for Excellence

Deadline: April 15, 2022

This fund provides $1000 support for majors, minors, and MA students in the NELC department.

Application Materials Needed:

  • An application form
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A research paper or an annotated translation, in English, 2000-5000 words.

Naficy Award in Persian Studies

Deadline: April 15, 2022

In 2004, the Naficy family established the endowment that makes this scholarship possible to honor the memory of their beloved parents, Dr. Hossein Naficy and Mrs. Malek Naficy-Sanjideh. Dr. and Mrs. Naficy both came from a family with a long history of both medical professionals as well as literary scholars. Hossein and Malek were themselves deeply committed to high standards of education, culture, personal ethics and morality and, above all, to philanthropic activities. Mrs. Naficy was a poet and was passionately committed to the preservation of Persian languages, culture, and civilization. The endowment was intended to ensure that Hossein and Malek’s devotion to their homeland and to Persian literature and culture would remain an inspiring legacy for generations to come.

Thanks to the generosity of the Naficy family, each year the sum of $1000 will be presented to an outstanding undergraduate at UW who has followed a rigorous course of study in Persian Studies at NELC. Selection is based on student performance, GPA, and research.

To apply, please complete the General Persian Fellowship Application Form and submit the following items as instructed:

  • A cover letter describing your accomplishments in Persian and Iranian Studies and any plans for future study and/or research in the field. If you plan to use the award for a specific project or program, describe how you will budget the awarded funding.
  • A current CV
  • UW transcript (unofficial)
  • A sample of your strongest work in Persian and Iranian Studies. Submissions may include but are not limited to essays in Persian, research or analytical papers on a relevant topic, PowerPoint or comparable presentations, recorded material, interviews, etc. Any sample of your work that demonstrates excellence in Persian and Iranian Studies will be considered.

The Dr. Clyde Snow Fund for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Deadline: Spring 2022

With the generous support of Dr. Vincent Phillips*, the Dr. Clyde Snow Fund for Latin American and Caribbean Studies was established in Fall 2016 to honor the work and legacy of a groundbreaking forensic anthropologist who combined academic training with the tireless pursuit of justice. Dr. Snow helped track down Josef Mengele in Brazil and worked to bring peace and justice to the families of the disappeared in Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, and around the world.

Eligibility

The fund is open to students enrolled in any undergraduate, graduate or professional school at the University of Washington. The funds can be used to support travel and related expenses, living expenses, and research materials on projects in or about Latin America and the Caribbean that are in the spirit of the social justice-oriented work of Dr. Snow.

Learn more.


Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies

Deadline: April 15, 2022

The Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies has been made possible by a generous endowment from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes scholarship on Persian culture and heritage. Stipend awards may be made up to $15,000 per year. This fellowship is earmarked for Doctoral (Ph.D.) students at the University of Washington whose focus is on any aspect of Persian language and literature and Iranian culture and civilization, broadly defined, and who are already engaged in writing their dissertation. It is intended especially to support outstanding Ph.D. students in the latter stages of their dissertation writing.

To apply, please complete the General Persian Fellowship Application Form and submit the following items as instructed:

  • A cover letter describing your accomplishments in Persian and Iranian Studies and any plans for future study and/or research in the field. If you plan to use the award for a specific project or program, describe how you will budget the awarded funding.
  • A current CV
  • UW transcript (unofficial)
  • A sample of your strongest work in Persian and Iranian Studies. Submissions may include but are not limited to essays in Persian, research or analytical papers on a relevant topic, Powerpoint or comparable presentations, recorded material, interviews, etc. Any sample of your work that demonstrates excellence in Persian and Iranian Studies will be considered.

JSIS Internship Scholarships

General Guidelines

Four different departmental scholarships are available for students pursuing internships. For full details on scholarship types and eligibility, please see here.

  • All Jackson School students are eligible to apply for internship scholarships. Non-JSIS UW students with a global health focus may apply for the Leslianne Shedd Memorial Fund scholarship.
  • Requires submission of a written statement, unofficial transcripts from UW, description of financial need, and internship details.
  • DEADLINE: Students must submit a completed application packet by 5:00 p.m. PDT on the application due date — Census Day (the second Friday of the quarter in which the internship takes place) — to be considered for opportunities.
  • FAQs for internship scholarships are available here.
  • To apply: Complete the online JSIS Scholarship Application using the ‘Apply’ link on the right hand side of this page.

Global Fellowships  //  Global, Gap & Grad Fellowships

Sign up for Global Fellowships Prep to connect with advisors and gain access to tools to support your fellowship application process. Learn more here!

Global Fellowships Prep brings together UW students (undergraduates–especially juniors and seniors, bachelor’s alumni, grad/professional students and alumni) to explore post-graduate fellowships for 2021-2022. These fellowships support graduate school, research, creative work, community-based projects, and English teaching primarily abroad. We have also included a few opportunities that support students staying in the U.S. Most of the scholarships relevant to these activities have similar application processes, and all of them have deadlines that fall between September-November 2020 to fund activities during the 2021-22 academic year.

If you’re thinking about what you will be doing in 2021-22, whether you’ll have graduated by that point and are looking for “gap” year experiences, whether you’re looking to start grad school in fall 2021, or whether you’re already in grad school and are looking for opportunities to extend your work beyond UW, join us to explore those options and more. First-year and sophomore undergraduates are also encouraged to join us to learn about these opportunities early and strategically plan and prepare for a future application.


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