CGS Funding Resource Collection

Looking for ways to fund your education or research? Explore the Jackson School’s list of funding opportunities and fellowships, as well as 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!

Funding Resources

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

Upcoming 2021 Application Deadlines

Graduate and Professional Student Senate: GPSS Travel Grant

Deadlines vary from between January 8 – May 14, as Travel Grant allocations are made over six review periods.  Consult the website for your specific deadline.

For the duration of the suspension of in-person learning activities at the University of Washington, GPSS Travel Grants Committee will be considering applications for non-presenting attendees to remote conferences or seminars.  These applications will be held to the same standards as traditional Travel Grants, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis; applicants will have their request reviewed within 2 weeks of submission. Any attendance grants awarded within this period will not count towards the travel funding limitations of once every three years and a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career.

In an effort to help improve graduate and professional student life at the University of Washington, the GPSS Travel Grants Program contributes funds to qualifying individuals’ travel expenses for active conference participation in the US and abroad. GPSS travel grants contribute to the strengthening of the University and its increased prominence in the greater scholarly community through the broadening of students’ personal and academic development through exposure to the work of others elsewhere.

Students whose conference participation might otherwise be unfunded, have strong academic credentials and are making fair progress towards their respective degrees are encouraged to apply. Recipients will receive awards up to $300 for domestic conferences and $500 for international conferences.


UW (Seattle) graduate and professional students enrolled and in good standing may apply for this travel grant. Active participation (presenting a paper or poster, chairing a session or panel, etc.) at an academic conference is required and proof of acceptance is required with this application (see below). Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 to be considered.

Students may apply for this grant up to one term before participating in the conference event, during the term of participation. Applications for conferences that have already occurred will not be accepted. Students may not apply for funding if their conference/event will occur before the quarter deadline. Only one application per conference event/presentation is permitted, however. Though students may apply only once per conference event, one may apply many times as they like during their UW student career for different events/presentations. Students may only receive GPSS travel funding once every three years (with a maximum of two awards during one’s UW student career).

For more information and how to apply, click here.


Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) Scholarships

Deadline: Applications open on February 1, 2021 and close on May 31, 2021.

The Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) is the oldest non-profit serving Indian Country protecting sovereignty, preserving culture, educating youth and building capacity. The Association was formed in 1922 to change the destructive path of federal policy from assimilation, termination and allotment, to sovereignty, self-determination and self-sufficiency. Throughout its 96-year history, the Association has provided national advocacy on watershed issues that support sovereignty and culture, while working at a grassroots level with Tribes to support the implementation of programs that affect real lives on the ground. AAIA offers yearly scholarships.


  • Be enrolled with his or her respective Tribe, either federally recognized or non-federally recognized Tribe, from the continental US or Alaska.
  • Submit a copy of Tribal enrollment (there is no minimum blood quantum requirement for eligibility). This can be a copy of the student’s Tribal I.D. card or a copy of an official letter from the Tribe.
  • Be enrolled as full-time student.
  • ​Have a minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA.
  • Submit a current class schedule and transcript.
  • Attend an accredited institution and be seeking an Associate’s Degree or higher (AAIA does not fund certificate programs or seminaries).
  • Fill out the Association’s Application.
  • Provide a 3-5 page essay described in the Application.

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

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Deadline: April 8, 2021

  • For PhD students or combined PhD/MD students
  • In biomedical, behavioral, or clinical fields
  • Restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents

The purpose of this Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from diverse backgrounds including those from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce.

Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Click here for more information, including application instructions.

 Scholarship workshop for EOP students

April 8 | 4:00–5:00 p.m. | Join us on Zoom

Join us for the winter quarter OMSFA/EOP Scholarship Workshop! During this session, we’ll focus on preparing for globally focused scholarships. We’ll highlight opportunities you can participate in as an undergrad and after you graduate.

David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship

Deadline: April 9, 2021

  • Current first-year master’s students
  • Health policy-related fields
  • Awards of $10,000
  • Restricted to U.S. Citizens

The David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship identifies and supports promising young people committed the fields of health policy, public policy, health administration, and/or health management. The scholarship program recognizes student excellence and achievement based upon that student’s record and recommendations from faculty and colleagues. Up to twenty awards of $10,000 will be offered to each selected student who demonstrates their potential to succeed in health policy, health administration, and/or health management at either the state or national level upon graduation from their degree program. Winston Scholars also join a one-day symposium on health policy in Washington, DC.


  • Current first year graduate students in their second full-time equivalent semester or third full-time equivalent quarter for those in two-year programs or for those in longer programs, their next to final year, studying at any accredited college or university.
  • Applicants from health policy, public policy, health administration, business, economics, and law graduate programs (e.g. MPH, MPP, MHA, MBA, MA, JD) as well as joint degree programs (e.g. JD/MPH) are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be scheduled to complete the didactic portion of their degree not later than December of the year following the awarding of the scholarship.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Scholars are selected based on expressed and demonstrated commitment to improvement of the U.S. health care system, as well as leadership, academic achievement, community involvement and long-term career interest in the fields of health policy, public health, heath administration and/or health management.
  • In honoring the legacy of David Winston, students of all political ideological perspectives are encouraged to apply. The scholarship embodies Mr. Winston’s commitment to public/private partnerships necessary for a high quality healthcare system, bipartisan collaboration in achieving health policy goals as well as and appreciation of the roles of both the government and the private sector in achieving those goals.

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

AG Bell: Nofer College Scholarship

Deadline: April 12, 2021, 2 pm Pacific Time

  • For full-time, Deaf and hard of hearing graduate students
  • In law school or master’s or PhD programs in public policy or public administration
  • Award of $5,000

The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is for full-time graduate students with a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, who use listening and spoken language as their primary method of communication, and who are attending full-time an accredited mainstream law school or graduate school working towards a masters or doctoral degree in public policy or public administration. Up to three awards of up to $5,000 each may be awarded in any given year. Previous recipients of the George H. Nofer Scholarship may re-apply for a scholarship in their second and third years of study, provided that a minimum of nine credit hours was completed in the previous year of study.

UW’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies

Deadline: April 12, 2021.

UW’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies awards an average of $100,000 or more a year to students and faculty at the University of Washington. Annual scholarships and fellowships support students passionate about the study of labor and labor activism, while the Best Paper Prize honors quality scholarship on labor issues produced by students.

Please contact the Bridges Center or Labor Studies student advising for information about this scholarship in response to COVID-19.

Intro to Global Fellowships

Come meet with the UW fellowship advisors and bring your sense of adventure and an open mind! We’ll provide a quick overview to the types of fellowships that are available and an introduction to the Global Fellowships Prep resources available to you. There will be an opportunity to meet with advisors and other UW students who are beginning the fellowship application process and to ask questions during our Q&A.

Global Fellowships Planning for 1st & 2nd year students

April 14 | 3:00–4:00 p.m. | Join us on Zoom

Curious about funded opportunities to help you go abroad but don’t know where to start? Never heard of Fulbright? Then this workshop for you! We’ll introduce you to scholarships that support study and research abroad and help you plan for what you can apply for in the coming years.

Intro to Fulbright

Join us for an overview of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program! We’ll introduce you to the various program types and the process of submitting an application through the University of Washington.

This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens. View more online:

UW India Association of Western Washington Scholarships for the Study of South Asia

Deadline: April 15, 2021

  • For UW graduate and undergraduate students
  • With serious academic interest in South Asia
  • Award of up to $2,000

The India Association of Western Washington (IAWW) Scholarship supports the shared mission of the South Asia Center and IAWW to advance the study of Indian languages, arts, and culture. This scholarship was formalized in December 1995 with an agreement between Professor Frank Conlon and IAWW President Jagdish Sharma. The first scholarships were awarded in the 1997-1998 school year, and the scholarship has since been awarded annually to qualified graduate and undergraduate students.

IAWW is a pan-Indian, secular, volunteer-driven service organization operating in the greater Seattle area.

Award: up to $2000

Click here for more information, including how to apply.

UW Nikkei Alumni Association Scholarships

Deadline: April 15, 2021

  • ​Open to students of Japanese Ancestry attending UW.  Applications are evaluated on academic achievement, financial need, and school/community service, especially to the Japanese-American community.

China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP)

Deadline: April 15, 2021

The China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) is an exchange fellowship program for Chinese and American scholars and students in the arts, humanities and social sciences to teach, study or conduct research abroad in China, Hong Kong SAR or the US. in 2021-2022. The program will award 48 grants to selected faculty and students. The distribution of grants is anticipated to be roughly equal among Chinese students and scholars traveling to the US, and US students and scholars traveling to China.  The program is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York*, Ford Foundation, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Henry Luce Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

The application for the China-U.S. Scholars Program (CUSP) will open on March 1, 2021 and close on April 15, 2021. Programs can range from five to ten months and must take place between August 2021 and May 2022.

Washington Policy Center: Jennifer Dunn-Thomson Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2021

  • For graduate and undergraduate women students residing in Washington State
  • Scholarship of $15,000

Since 2011, WPC has awarded its annual Jennifer Dunn-Thomson scholarship to a woman college student who embodies the late Congresswoman’s values of leadership, commitment to public service and personal values. From the $15,000 in total scholarship funds available, recipients may use the money to pay for tuition or an internship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. WPC will help the recipients with an internship placement with a member of Congress.

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

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 15, 2021 for undergrads; August 15, 2021 for grad students

Provides funds to advance education in fulfillment of its mission: “To promote lifelong learning.” The Foundation is a source of support to graduate students, post-freshman undergraduate students and non-profit organizations serving diverse beneficiaries.

American Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Scholarships

Deadline: April 16, 2021

​Open to US citizen undergraduate students who will participate in study-abroad programs in Japan beginning Fall 2021. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for Bridging Scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite.

Scholarship Application Workshops

We’ll share tools, insights and ideas for you to use as you develop your application! For the first workshop we’ll focus on your statement. At the second, we’ll focus on your activities resume or CV.

Gallaudet University Graduate Fellowship Fund

Deadline: April 20, 2021

  • For Deaf and hard of hearing, full-time graduate students

The Graduate Fellowship Fund (GFF) provides financial assistance to Deaf and hard of hearing graduates of accredited colleges and universities in pursuit of graduate study at colleges and universities for people who hear normally.

Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis. They may be renewed by the GFF Committee for the duration of the course of study and for dissertation expenses provided that the holder of the award maintains those personal and scholastic standards required by the college or university in which he/she is enrolled and provided that the holder submits to the committee an annual reapplication including an evaluation report from his/her department head or advisor.

The amounts of the grants vary and are based on the number of qualified candidates applying for assistance, the availability of funds, and the needs of individual applicants. Fellowships are available only for programs of study not fully supported by federal or other funds. Candidates must carry a full-time semester load.

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

Marshall Scholarships Information Session

Apr 21 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.| Join us on Zoom

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Join Mr. Robin Twyman, Consul (Business and Government Affairs) in the UK Government Office in Seattle, to learn more about the program and application process. Mr. Twyman will be joined by UW faculty member Dr. David Ginger, Chemistry, and additional Marshall alumni, who will share their experiences studying in the UK as Marshall Scholars.

Leadership for the 21st Century: A Conversation with Schwarzman Scholars

Apr 28 | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

We invite the University of Washington community to a conversation with Schwarzman Scholars admissions and alumni to hear about this one-year, fully-funded Master of Global Affairs degree program and how building relationships and understanding with China can equip the next generation of leaders across all fields and disciplines.

AFCEA: Ralph W. Shrader Graduate Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2021

  • For BIPOC and women full-time graduate students
  • In their first year of graduate school
  • Fields: STEM and hard sciences
  • Scholarships of $3,000
  • Restricted to U.S. citizens

For the 2021-2022 academic year, scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to full-time students (women and minority students), enrolled in their second semester and at least two semester-equivalent courses) currently pursuing a graduate degree at any accredited academic institution in the United States and living in the United States in an eligible major that supports the mission of AFCEA Educational Foundation. Expected graduation date cannot be in the year the scholarship is awarded

AFCEA’s focus is on STEM/hard sciences – information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications electronics supporting defense, homeland security and intelligence communities. Scholarship awards are subject to availability of funding. The scholarship funding is restricted to tuition and course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies and equipment that are required for the courses at the university.

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

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

Deadline: May 1, 2021

  • For doctoral students
  • For dissertation or thesis research in anthropology
  • Maximum award of $20,000

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

The maximum amount of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant is US $20,000. There is no time limit on the duration of the grant, and funding may be requested to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers,) if this is part of the research design.

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

Byron Hanke Fellowship

Deadline: May 1, 2021

The Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR) awards its Byron Hanke Fellowship to selected graduate students to implement research projects related to the development, management and governance of common interest communities and their community associations.

Applicants must be enrolled, at time of application and through the research period, in a graduate level program (masters, doctoral, legal) at an accredited higher education institution in the United States or Canada. Students from any relevant discipline may apply for the Hanke Fellowship, provided their research project relates to community associations and/or common interest communities.

Projects may focus on applied or theoretical research and must be done in conjunction with the fellow’s graduate studies. The application should clearly explain the purpose and anticipated outcomes of the project and show how it will expand or enhance existing theory, knowledge, or data collection and help to advance the Foundation’s mission.

Within the field of community associations and common-interest communities, Hanke Fellowship projects are accepted for the following topics:

  • Financial Crisis: Community Associations in Lien Priority, Insolvency or Foreclosure
  • How Community Associations respond to aging infrastructure and aging residents
  • Evaluating the impact of short-term rentals on Community Associations
  • Quantifying how Community Associations impact home values and resale activity
  • How Community Associations manage risks related to technology use and data collection
  • Trends in Community Association efforts to conserve resources and protect the environment

The Hanke Fellowship stipends range from $3,000-$5,000 over one year, or as determined by the Foundation. The Foundation Executive Committee maintains the right to determine the amount of the stipend.

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

AHRQ Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program

Deadline: May 1, 2021

  • For doctoral candidates in research-based programs
  • Dissertation research to improve healthcare
  • Maximum award of $40,000
  • Restricted to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and permanent residents

The AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36) provides dissertation grants for doctoral candidates. This program supports dissertation research that addresses AHRQ’s mission and priorities and welcomes any areas of health services research as dissertation project topics.

Applications for dissertation research grants must be responsive to AHRQ’s mission, which is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. Within the mission, AHRQ’s specific priority areas of focus are as follows:

  • Research to improve health care patient safety.
  • Harnessing data and technology to improve health care quality and patient outcomes and to provide a 360-degree view of the patient.
  • Research to increase accessibility and affordability of health care by examining  innovative market approaches to care delivery and financing.

The award budget is up to $40,000 in direct costs. The project period must be a minimum of 9 months and may not exceed 17 months. Please note that applicants are encouraged to make sure that their institutions are registered with both the eRA Commons and Also, the principal investigators (PIs-in this case, the potential dissertation applicants) need to work with their institutions to make sure they are registered in the NIH Commons.

Deadline: May 5, 2021

National AMBUCS, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization with a diverse membership dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. National AMBUCS, Inc. awards over $150,000, with individual awards ranging from $500 to $1,500. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000. Award monies are deposited each semester to the student’s credit account with the financial aid office of the educational institution.

Eligibility: Students must be US citizens accepted in a graduate-level program that is accredited by the appropriate therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, or hearing audiology. Assistant or undergraduate programs are not eligible. Awards are based on financial need, commitment to local community, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives.

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

National Health Service Corps Scholarships

Deadline: May 11, 2021

Scholarships for students pursuing an education in eligible primary care health professions, including students studying to become physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives or physician assistants with a commitment to practice in underserved communities. In exchange, they commit to serve a minimum of two years in high-need, underserved communities.

Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund Scholarships

Deadline: May 15, 2021.

Provides educational grants and scholarships to women pursuing secondary educational goals as well as ongoing professional development. Two of the grants are open to women in any discipline. Find out more here!

Schwarzman Scholars program

Deadline: May 19, 2021 for Chinese passport holders; Sept. 21, 2021 for all others

​Schwarzman Scholars is a fully-funded, one-year master’s degree and leadership program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Students from all over the world may be eligible to apply.

    • Applicants who hold passports or permanent resident cards from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao, regardless of where they attended university or reside, must apply by May 19.
    • US and global applicants apply by Sept. 21.

Inclusivity in digital information and communication technologies

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Award Amount: prize awarded to nominee (previously $100,000)

Restrictions: *must be nominated by a peer

The Marconi Society – Marconi Prize in Digital Inclusivity in Information and Communications Technology

The Marconi Prize is awarded annually to innovators who have made a significant contribution to increasing digital inclusivity through advanced information and communications technology. Marconi Fellows are recognized at an annual symposium and festive gala celebration.

The Marconi Prize is awarded to established scientists who have created and scaled our connected world.  Nominees are recognized for their impacts on widely-used technology, the scientific importance of their work, their entrepreneurial contributions, and the applicability of their work to social and humanitarian efforts. We seek diverse candidates with exceptional records who will bring an engaged, socially conscious perspective to the Marconi Society community and its work to expand digital inclusion through information and communications technology.

The Selection Advisory Committee’s recommendations are informed by the candidate’s contributions in the following areas:

-The scientific importance of the nominee’s work

-The practical impact of the nominee’s work in terms of broad and diverse use of their innovations

-The nominee’s humanitarian contributions to digital inclusivity and both technical and non-technical contributions to making the opportunities of digital connectivity available to everyone

-The nominee’s entrepreneurial contributions, reflecting the creativity and entrepreneurship that made Guglielmo Marconi’s innovations widely available

Link to complete RFP

If you’re considering applying please feel free to reach out to CAS Corporate & Foundation Relations for support. 

Running of the Bulls Scholarship for Immigrants

Deadline: June 1, 2021

  • For graduate and undergraduate students
  • Who are immigrants or the children of immigrants
  • $1,000 scholarship

The Running of the Bulls has announced a scholarship program designed to benefit immigrants or children of immigrants in the United States who want to further their education. It is our mission to help tomorrow’s promising leaders meet today’s education expenses. The Scholarship for Immigrants is granting an award of $1,000 for the upcoming academic year.

Click here for more about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

The 2022-23 competition is now open. Deadline: Oct 12, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern Time

Provides funding for research, graduate study, teaching English, etc. in more than 140 countries around the globe. U.S. citizenship required. International student options are available.
Please click here for information regarding the Fulbright Program and COVID-19.

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.

Looking for more? Click here to look at previously offered scholarships.