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:
- Study Abroad Office: contact an advisor at the UW Study Abroad Office
- Office of Merit Scholarships (by appointment) from 8 AM to 5 PM at 171 Mary Gates Hall (click here to request an appointment).
- Graduate Funding Information Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- UW Graduate School Office of Fellowship and Awards: email@example.com
Additionally, please explore the following resources:
- How to search for graduate school funding: tips and resource guide from UW Libraries.
- Jackson School (JSIS) funding opportunities and fellowships
- JSIS internship and career opportunities
- JSIS list of UW and other funding resources
- JSIS South Asia funding opportunity collection
- List of UW graduate fellowships
- UW Research – list of funding opportunities
- Luce Scholars
- UW Center for Human Rights funding opportunities
- Human Rights Watch fellowships
- Human Rights Watch internship and volunteer opportunities
- NAFSA U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List
- UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
- UW Graduate School diversity funding opportunities
- Undergraduate scholarships – info and links
- Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center – College access internships
Upcoming 2021 Application Deadlines
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.
Deadline: September 29, 2021
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2022 cohort.
- Support of up to $42,000 per year for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business, economics, management science, organizational development/leadership, public policy, and international relations at a U.S.-based institution.
- An orientation to the Fellowship and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
- Two summer internships, one with the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
- Mentoring from Foreign Service Officers throughout the Fellowship.
- Employment in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, in accordance with applicable law and U.S. Department of State policy, for those who successfully complete the Fellowship and meet Foreign Service entry requirements. Fellows must commit to a minimum of five years of service.
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be seeking admission to a two-year, full-time, on-campus, master’s degree program at a U.S.-based graduate institution to begin in the fall of 2022 in an academic field relevant to the work of the Foreign Service.
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
Deadline: October 5, 2021
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness. A Gilman Scholarship enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.
The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford
Deadline: October, 6 2021
The PMF Class of 2022 Application is scheduled to open at Noon (ET), Tuesday, September 28, 2021, and close at Noon (ET), Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
Presidential Management Fellowship is a flagship federal leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. In addition to salary and benefits, your 2-year government appointment will provide a fast-paced opportunity to gain experience and develop your talents. After successful Program completion and job performance, the PMF may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances a term appointment lasting 1-4 years) in the competitive service. Deadlines in September. US Citizens Only.
Important dates, and any updates, can be found on the “2022 Application” webpage at https://www.pmf.gov/become-a-pmf/2022-application/
Deadline: October 18-22, 2021 (each field has a different deadline date that week)
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. See the current Program Solicitation for eligibility guidelines. Those already enrolled in graduate school may apply one time only.
Please click here to apply.
Deadline: October 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm (ET). Earlier submission strongly recommended.
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the US. Each year, the foundation invests in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the US, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.
Click here to learn more and apply.
Grinnell College – Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Topic Area: Social Justice
Award Amount: Two awards of $100,000 each
Have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalency) between 2005 and 2021
Not be widely known outside their immediate community or field
Be nominated by a third party
Participate in an on-campus symposium and awards ceremony, and explore other opportunities to engage with the Grinnell and wider community
The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize, directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.”
Up to two $100,000 prizes will be presented to individuals less than 15 years out of their bachelor program who demonstrate leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Half of the monetary prize will be given to the recipient (or shared between two recipients, in case of a shared prize) and half will be contributed to an organization designated by the winner.
Nominees may be nationals of any country; no affiliation to Grinnell College is required. The program encourages a global and diverse pool of candidates.
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Established in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is the hallmark fellowship program of CFR. It aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by creating the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The program offers its fellows the unique chance to experience a new field and gain a different perspective at a pivotal moment in their careers. Academics are thus placed in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials are placed in scholarly settings. Over the years, the IAF program has produced approximately six hundred alumni who span the who’s who of the U.S. foreign policy community, including a former secretary and several undersecretaries of state, U.S. ambassadors to NATO and the United Nations, and many other influential leaders in government, academia, and the private sector.
The IAF Program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Although a PhD is not a requirement, selected fellows generally hold an advanced degree and possess a strong record of work experience as well as a firm grounding in the field of foreign policy. The program does not fund pre- or postdoctoral research, work toward a degree, or the completion of projects on which substantial progress has been made prior to the fellowship period. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens.
Read more and apply here.
Application deadlines in October.
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates (and those who will have graduated by the start of the program) to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Application deadlines in October.
Hazel D. Cole Fellowship
Opens in Fall 2022
The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies offers the Hazel D. Cole Fellowship, a two-year in-residence fellowship that supports a deserving doctoral or postdoctoral fellow in Jewish studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.
One year of the fellowship may be used as a dissertation completion fellowship (the candidate must demonstrate the intention to complete by the end of the first academic year) or for post-doctoral work (Ph.D. or foreign equivalent within the past three years, and no later than June 2020) in any field of Jewish studies.
Deadline: November 1, 2021
Student application materials for our Undergraduate Community Based Internship (UCBI) program are now available on our website. UCBI provides approximately 35 undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in paid community based internship experiences with non-profit and public sector organizations during both winter and spring quarters.
The Undergraduate Community-Based Internship (UCBI) program, developed in partnership with the UW Career & Internship Center, provides opportunities for undergraduates to grow professionally and personally, examine issues of social justice, gain an understanding of the diverse communities in Seattle and explore career paths in the public and non-profit sectors.
Deadline: The competition for summer 2022 will open in the Fall of 2021.
CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.
The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government. It is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.
Click here to apply!
Deadline: November 1, 2021
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 to sophomores and juniors intending to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics.
The Goldwater Foundation aim is to help ensure that the U.S. is producing the number of highly-qualified professionals the nation needs in these critical fields. Over its 30-year history, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates, many of whom have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship that support our Scholars’ graduate school work. Today, Goldwater alumni can be found conducting research that is helping defend the nation, finding cures for catastrophic diseases and teaching future generations of scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
UW deadline in November.
Carnegie Junior Fellows Program matches fellows with senior associates- academics, former government officials, lawyers, and journalists from around the world- to work on a variety of international affairs issues in DC. UW deadline in November.
Deadline: November 15, 2021
The American Institute of Indian Studies Research (AIIS) offers fellowships for scholars, professionals, and artists from all disciplines who wish to conduct research or carry out artistic projects in India.
Two of the AIIS fellowships include:
Junior Research Fellowships
Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. These grants are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.
Senior Research Fellowships
Senior Research Fellowships are available to scholars with a PhD or its equivalent. These grants are designed to enable scholars who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India and to establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additionally, the organization offers the AIIS/Ashoka University Research and Teaching Fellowships for senior scholars.
The AIIS fellowship competition is not restricted to those from its member institutions. Non-U.S. citizens may apply as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States. Approximately 35 fellowships are awarded each year.
Applications from scholars who are part of a collaborative project involving other scholars are welcome, though AIIS fellowships are granted to individuals, not to teams. Amounts awarded to successful applicants who are members of group projects will be equivalent to fellowships awarded to scholars who submitted applications for individual projects.
For more information about these opportunities, including how to apply, click here.
Deadline: November 16, 2021
The CAORC National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship Program supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the U.S. for three or more years.
Scholars must carry out research in a country which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Eligible countries are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia.
Fellowship stipends are $5,000 per month for four to six consecutive months. This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI).
Learn more here.
PEO International Peace Scholarship
Deadline: December 15, 2021
- For women graduate students
- From abroad, studying in the United States or Canada
- In any discipline
- Award amount ranges up to $12,500
The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.
The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to indicate additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarships.
The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.
Center for Engaged Scholarship Dissertation Fellowships
Deadline: December 15, 2021
- For PhD students
- In social sciences, history, or interdisciplinary programs related to social sciences
- Stipend of $25,000 for a 9 month period
- Open to DACA recipients, undocumented students, international students, and U.S. citizens & permanent residents
The Center for Engaged Scholarship is accepting applications from Ph.D students enrolled in a program within the U.S. in the social sciences who have already completed all departmental and institutional requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including approval of the dissertation proposal. The only requirement not completed must be the writing and where required, the defense, of the dissertation.
The following areas of study apply:
- Political Science
- Social Psychology
Work inspired by these disciplines carried out in interdisciplinary programs such as ethnic studies, women’s studies, or American studies is also accepted.
Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) Fellowships and Awards – Multiple awards
Deadline differs according to individual scholarship. Consult each one for specifics on the website. Learn more here.
The Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) was founded in 1991 as the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities. By sponsoring public programs and conferences, offering fellowships to individual scholars, and functioning as an indispensable conduit of information, CLAGS serves as a national center for the promotion of scholarship that fosters social change.
Graduate Student Paper Award
Deadline: December 18, 2021
Each year, CLAGS sponsors a student paper competition open to all graduate students enrolled in the CUNY system. A cash prize is awarded to the best paper written in a CUNY graduate class on any topic related to gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender experiences. Papers should be between 15 and 50 pages and of publishable quality.
CLAGS Fellowship Award
Deadline: December 18, 2021
An award to be given annually for a graduate student, an academic, or an independent scholar for work on a dissertation, a first book manuscript, or a second book manuscript. The CLAGS Fellowship is open to intellectuals contributing to the field of LGBTQ studies. Intended to give the scholar the most help possible in furthering their work, the fellowship will be able to be used for research, travel, or writing support. Adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee.
Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize
Deadline: December 18, 2021
This award, which honors the memories of Monette, a poet and author, and his partner, Horwitz, an attorney, will be given for the best dissertation in LGTBQ Studies, broadly defined, by a PhD candidate within the City University of New York system. The dissertation should have been defended in the previous year. Adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee.
Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies
Deadline: December 18, 2021
This award, which honors the memory of Rivera, a transgender activist, will be given for the best book or article to appear in transgender studies this past year (2017). Applications may be submitted by the author of the work or by nomination (the application requirements are the same for each; see below). Adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee.
The Duberman-Zal fellowship
Deadline: December 18, 2021
An endowed fellowship named for CLAGS founder and first executive director, Martin Duberman, and partner, Eli Zal, this fellowship is awarded to a graduate student, an independent scholar, or an adjunct from any country doing scholarly research on the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) experience.
University affiliation is not necessary. The award is adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee. The winner of the fellowship may be asked to participate in CLAGS’s programming the following academic year to present their research project.
The Passing the Torch Award
This award recognizes the achievements and promise of an emerging scholar in LGTBQ Studies. The awardee is chosen annually by the CLAGS fellowships committee from a list of nominations made by our national advisory board of distinguished scholars in the field.
The CLAGS Duberman-Zal Fellowship
Deadline: December 18, 2021
- For graduate students, independent scholars, and adjuncts
- Scholarly research on LGBTQ experience
- $2,500 award
The Duberman-Zal Fellowship is an endowed fellowship named for CLAGS founder and first executive director, Martin Duberman, and partner, Eli Zal, this fellowship is awarded to a graduate student, an independent scholar, or an adjunct from any country doing scholarly research on the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) experience.
University affiliation is not necessary. The award is adjudicated by the CLAGS fellowships committee.
The winner of the fellowship may be asked to participate in CLAGS’s programming the following academic year to present their research project.
Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship
Deadline: January 7, 2022, 5 p.m.
- For any researcher in feminist science fiction
- Award includes $2,000 to conduct research at the University of Oregon’s Special Collections
The intention of the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction. The UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) houses the papers of authors Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree, Jr., Kate Wilhelm, Suzette Haden Elgin, Sally Miller Gearhart, Kate Elliot, Molly Gloss, Laurie Marks, and Jessica Salmonson, along with Damon Knight. SCUA is also in the process of acquiring the papers of other key feminist science fiction authors.
Fellowship description: This award supports travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in SCUA. These short-term research fellowships are open to undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in feminist science fiction. In 2021, $2,000 will be awarded to conduct research within these collections. The fellowship selection committee will include representatives from the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and selected UO faculty.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
JSIS Internship Scholarships
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
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.