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 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.

Deadline: July 15, 2022

MPOWER seeks to create globally-minded, multi-lingual, culturally-competent graduates poised to take on the world’s most pressing problems in science, technology, business, and public policy. In recognition of students’ extraordinary potential, we’ve created the MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship. We’ve intentionally designed this scholarship program to be as broad as possible to match the broad, diverse experiences of international students.

Scholarships awarded annually to international and DACA students enrolled at Universities MPOWER supports. For the cycle ending July 15, 2019, we will be awarding one $5,000 grand prize scholarship to the moasspst outstanding applicant worldwide, plus an additional four $3,000 regional scholarships. These regional scholarships will be awarded to one student from each of the following countries/regions: India, Asia (excluding India), Latin America/Caribbean, and Africa. (All awards are in US dollars and non-renewable.) There’s no requirement to be an MPOWER borrower to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be accepted at, or enrolled in, a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school that MPOWER supports, and
  • Be an international student allowed to legally study in the U.S. or Canada, as applicable.
  • For study in the U.S., this means that the applicant is either a U.S. permanent resident (Green Card holder), protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or has a valid visa that permits study in the U.S.
  • For study in Canada, this means the applicant is either a Canadian permanent resident or has a valid Canadian study permit.

We have created this scholarship specifically for international and DACA students. Therefore, U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S. and Canadian citizens wishing to study in Canada are not eligible for this scholarship.

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


Benjamin A. Gilman-McCain International Scholarship Program

Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2022, at 11:59pm Pacific Time

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.


Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program

Deadline: September

The Pickering Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University, that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates. The Program welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.  Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Program Benefits

  • Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.
  • An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in mid-June 2020.
  • Two summer internships, one in Washington, D.C. in the summer 2021 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy in summer 2022.
  • Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees, and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship

For more information, visit pickeringfellowship.org


Deadline: Check with UW Academic Services for internal deadline for current UW undergraduates needing institutional endorsement. September 20, 2022 is the application deadline for U.S. and global applicants.

Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Launched in 2016, the program aims to give  the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students will live and study on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:  Public Policy,  Economics and Business, and International Studies.

The scholarship funding will include:

  • Tuition, related fees and required course books and supplies
  • Room and board
  • Travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year
  • An in-country study tour
  • Lenovo laptop and smartphone
  • Health insurance
  • A modest personal stipend ($4,000)

Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will pursue their academic disciplines while building their capacities as leaders and expanding their understanding of the world.  Applications are due in September, check the Schwarzman website for exact dates. See the UW site here.


Luce Scholars Program

Deadlines:  October 1, 2022 (national deadline). Check with UW Academic Services for special UW deadline.

The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society.

Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.

The Luce Scholars Program coordinates scholars’ professional placements within a variety of organizations, institutions, agencies, etc. Language training takes place July – August. Professional placements are Sept. – July. Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East, South and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Luce Scholar candidates are nominated by over seventy colleges and universities. Applications are submitted by eligible institutions in early November. The Luce Foundation cannot accept individual applications submitted directly to the foundation. Please see UW application information here!


Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Program

Deadline: October 27, 2022 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.


Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

Spring 2023 scholarship – apply by November 15, 2022.

Young people deserve to experience the world beyond their college campuses, but not everyone can afford to travel, especially if you’re on a student budget.

The Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world.

At Tortuga, our mission is to help you live on your terms, including students studying abroad. When customers purchase luggage from us for their trips, they are “paying it forward” by funding scholarships for students like you.

The Scholarship

The winner of the Tortuga Scholarship will receive:

The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Funds will be sent directly to the winner’s study abroad program or university. In cases where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or currently studying in the US on a student visa
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing at a four-year, degree-granting college or university in the U.S.
  • Have applied to or been accepted into a study abroad program eligible for credit by your college or university

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


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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