Awesome Foundation Grant Program

Application Deadline:  Ongoing

The Awesome Foundation is an international philanthropic organization devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. The Seattle chapter of the Foundation offers a no-strings-attached grant of $1,000 to an “Awesome” project every month.


The Awesome Foundation describes eligible projects as having the following characteristics:

  • Possible
  • Not incremental
  • Local — If your project isn’t based in Washington state, consider applying to one of the more than 70 Awesome Foundation chapters around the world.
  • Visible, with clear community benefit
  • Run by people (individuals and small groups)

For more information about this opportunity, including examples of previously funded projects and how to apply, click here.

P.E.O. Scholar Award

Application Deadline:  November 20, 2016

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards program, established in 1991, provides educational awards for women who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university. In addition to recognizing and encouraging excellence in higher education, these awards provide partial support for study and research for women who will make significant contributions in their varied fields of endeavor. Priority is given to women who are well established in their programs, study or research. The numbers of awards is determined each year in accordance with the funds available. The current maximum award is $15,000.


An applicant for a P.E.O. Scholar Award is required to be nominated by a local P.E.O. chapter and to be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada. She must be within two years of completing her doctoral level degree and she must have one full academic year of work remaining at the time the award payment is made (August 1). She must be enrolled full time in her program at an accredited college or university.

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

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

Application Deadline:  November 18, 2016

The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. JET Program participants are not only teachers and public servants–they are cultural ambassadors of the United States to Japan. The Program aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.

The JET Program seeks participants who are adaptable, outgoing, and who have a deep interest in Japan. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold at least an undergraduate degree, and have not lived in Japan for 6 or more years within the last 9 years. The JET Program typically receives 4,000-5,000 applications each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation on the JET Program.

Participants receive compensation of 3,360,000 yen per year and travel expenses to cover their transportation to and from Japan. The JET Program arranges the necessary work visas for selected candidates.

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

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Application Deadline:  November 17, 2016

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. This year the program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships. These fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, cultural studies, earth sciences, economics, engineering, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice.

Eligibility to apply for a predoctoral fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors, or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level,
  • Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based (dissertation-required), program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education,
  • Individuals who as of the 2017 fall semester require a minimum of three years of study to complete their Ph.D./Sc.D. degree, and
  • Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

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

Soroptimist International of Seattle Avys Hathaway Scholarship Endowment Award

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2016

The Avys Hathaway Scholarship Endowment Award is awarded to a single woman, head of household, from the Seattle community who is committed to attaining a higher education. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded based upon demonstrated need and is for the purpose of tuition and fees.


  1. Applicant must be a single woman, head of household, with primary financial responsibility for supporting a family (including children, siblings and/or parents);
  2. Enrolled or accepted in a course of study leading to a BS, BA, Masters, or Doctorate degree;
  3. Course of study must provide career advancement;
  4. Career goals must be clear and attainable within a reasonable period of time;
  5. Applicant must demonstrate financial need.

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

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Internship Program

Application Deadline (for Winter/Spring projects):  November 15, 2016

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program offers undergraduate and beginning graduate students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fields of environmental research and public engagement. This program enables students to work on independent research projects under the direction of a SERC mentor.

Intern projects span the range of research conducted at SERC, including environmental chemistry, marine and esturaine ecology, molecular ecology, and terrestrial ecology. Projects are also offered in public engagement, with opportunities in environmental education, citizen science, and science writing. Although students will become familiar with much of the research of SERC in general, individuals will devote most of their time to an independent research project. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in a selected field of study and to learn a variety of research techniques through firsthand experience. At the conclusion of the internship, student participants will be expected to present the findings of their independent projects in a formal seminar to the SERC community.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center will consider applications from currently enrolled undergraduate and Master’s students, or students who have recently graduated from undergraduate or Master’s programs. Applicants must be in a position to commit fully to the completion of a project. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement to participate in this program.

Selected candidates will receive a stipend of $500.00 per week. There is limited on-site dormitory space available for $105.00 per week. SERC does not supply board, but the dorms are equipped with full kitchens. We can accommodate up to 24 residents.

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

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Application Deadline:  November 16, 2016

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

The CLS Program provides instruction in fourteen critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Participants in the CLS Program are not required to have completed any previous study for most of the fourteen languages. However, Chinese, Japanese and Russian require a minimum of two years of college-level study or the equivalent; Arabic and Persian require a minimum of one year of college-level study or the equivalent.

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen. Non-citizens including Permanent Residents are not eligible, even if they anticipate naturalization by the beginning of the program.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (associate’s, bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s, doctoral, professional degree) level.

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

Graham Foundation Carter Manny Doctoral Awards

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2016

The Carter Manny Award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary focus and the potential to shape architectural discourse. Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the Graham Foundation: architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and other related fields. The award assists students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, art history, the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences working on architecture topics.

The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: a research award for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and a writing award for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000 and the writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

Ph.D. students who are presently candidates for a doctoral degree are eligible to apply.

  • Students must be nominated by their department to apply for the Carter Manny Award.
  • A department may nominate up to two candidates: one for the research award and one for the writing award.
  • At the time of application, students must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation and have had their dissertation proposals formally approved by their academic departments.
  • A student may reapply for the Carter Manny Award if a previous application was not successful. Due to limited funds, a student who received a research award or a writing award is not eligible to apply for another Carter Manny Award in subsequent years.
  • The award is open to students officially enrolled in schools in the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship.

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


Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2016

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

The Newcombe Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at American institutions located in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the academic year 2017-2018. In the current Newcombe competition, at least 20 non-renewable Fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing; in addition, Fellows’ graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition and/or remit some portion of their fees. Successful candidates will be notified, and the public announcement of new Fellows made, in spring 2017.

Eligible applicants must:

  • be candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in an American doctoral program at a graduate school located in the United States. Candidates working on D.Min., law, Psy.D., Ed.D. and other professional degrees are not eligible.
  • have all pre-dissertation requirements fulfilled by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal.
  • be in the writing stage of the dissertation. Usually, this means that fieldwork or other research is complete and writing has begun by the time of the award.
  • must expect to complete the dissertation between April 1, 2018 and August 31, 2018.
  • have never held a similar national award for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants who have won such awards as the ACLS, AAUW, Ford, Mellon, NAEd/Spencer, or Whiting fellowship are not eligible.
  • be writing on topics where ethical or religious values are a central concern.
  • have never applied for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship before. Previous applicants may not apply.

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

American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship

Application Deadline:  November 15, 2016

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since it founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Dissertation Fellowships ($20,000) offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plan by the preceding November. Students already holding a fellowship or grant for the purpose of supporting their final year of writing or completing the dissertation the year before the fellowship year are not eligible to apply. The fellowship is open to applicants in all fields of study.

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships ($30,000) are designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible. American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship applicants must hold a doctorate classified as a research degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., D.B.A., D.M.) or an M.F.A at the time of application. The fellowship is open to applicants in all fields of study.

For complete information about these opportunities, including how to apply, click here.