University of Washington

Comparative Religion

Thomson Hall Room 433
(206) 543-4835

Funding Graduate Students



All students applying for graduate admission to the Comparative Religion Program, ARE eligible to become Teaching Assistants. Applications are usually available in January.

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

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

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

There are two terrific ways to support your foreign language study: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships and Critical Language Scholarships offered through the US State Department.


FLAS Fellowship applications will open Friday, October 30, 2015. Apply

FLAS fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. FLAS Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Foreign Language study is critical to successful completion of the MA in Comparative Religion at the UW. 


The application 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages is now open. Applications will be due November 23, 2015 by 7:59 pm EST.

All applicants to the graduate program in Comparative Religion are strongly encouraged to apply.  The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other
countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

 The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Applications will be due November 23, 2015 by 7:59 pm EST.











Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
Applications are due in January

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

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


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

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

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

+ U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
+ American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
+ Ohio State University
+ Ohio University

Boren Scholarships & Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), and provide funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Over sixty languages, including all thirteen CLS languages, are included on the Boren Program’s list of “emphasized languages.” Funding includes up to $20,000 for undergraduates and $30,000 for graduate students, depending on cost and length of program.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants to recent graduates, Master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals for individually designed study or research projects and for English Teaching Assistantships. The Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award provides supplemental funding to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for grantees to receive between three and six months of intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants. This opportunity is available for select languages.


University of Washington Funding

Travel Funding

Outside Funding

Deadline: Jan. 15
Amounts from $1500 (for one quarter), though under exceptional
circumstances two-quarter $3000 fellowships have been awarded. Application: application form, a transcript (unofficial), current CV, 1-2 page description of proposed study or research abroad (include description of the nature of the study, country, location(s), anticipated dates of stay, how a Schwartz fellowship would be used, and three letters of recommendation. Send all materials to: Maurice & Lois Schwartz Award Committee, c/o Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization; 229 Denny Hall, Box 353120, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3120.


Program Coordinator, Loryn Paxton
Thomson Hall, room 433
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4835

Graduate Advising, Paula Milligan
(206) 543-6001

Student Advising, Linda Iltis
Transfer credits from another university to UW, inquire about learning abroad programs etc
(206) 543-6001