Luce Scholars Program

Application deadline:   September 6, 2017 (UW deadline)

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. Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies, including but hardly limited to medicine and public health, the arts, law, science, environmental studies, international development, and journalism.

The UW can nominate three students per year to compete nationally for this opportunity. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 young Americans each year. Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Each scholar spends July and August studying the language of the placement country, and the work assignments run for approximately ten months from September until July of the following year.


Current UW seniors (who will earn their bachelor’s degrees by July 1, 2018), recent alumni, and current graduate or professional students who meet the below criteria are welcome to apply:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • No significant experience in Asian or in Asian Studies
  • Will not have reached his/her 30th birthday by July 1, 2018
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree by July 1, 2018
  • Good physical health
  • Demonstrate leadership capacity, high achievement, maturity

Application Process

The initial application must be submitted by the UW campus deadline of September 6, 2017. A faculty committee reviews applications and selects finalists to interview, after which point the committee will select three nominees. Nominations are then sent to the Luce Foundation by the UW Fellowships offices.

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

American Educational Research Association Dissertation & Research Grants

Application deadline:   August 31, 2017

The American Education Research Association’s grants program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large­ scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Science Foundation (NSF), and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance.

Grants are available for both dissertation research and for post-doctoral research projects. Awards for Dissertation Grants are up to $20,000 for 1-year projects and are non-renewable. Awards for Research Grants are up to $20,000 for 1­-year projects, or up to $35,000 for 2-­year projects.

Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution (for Dissertation Grants) or working at a U.S. institution (for Research Grants). Applicants for Dissertation Grants must be advanced doctoral students at the dissertation writing stage. Applicants for Research Grants must have received a doctoral degree.

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

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Application deadline:   September 6, 2017 (UW deadline)

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. All students are encouraged to consider this great opportunity, whether as part of your academic program or outside of it.


  • U.S. citizens (international students should review the Fulbright Foreign Student Program website)
  • Master’s or doctoral degree student, professional degree student (without a Ph.D.), graduating senior, or alumni who hold at least a bachelor’s degree but not a Ph.D.
  • In good health

Application Process

Current UW graduate students MUST apply through the UW campus process and meet the earlier UW deadline of September 6, 2017. Although the official Fulbright deadline is later, currently enrolled students must complete and submit all application materials by this earlier deadline. Graduate alumni are invited to apply through the UW campus process if they choose, but may also apply at-large; applying through the UW campus process requires that you also meet the earlier campus deadline.

UW applicants are required to attend an in-person interview. Interviews will take place Sept. 23, 2017, BEFORE autumn classes begin. If you will be out of area on that date, please contact the appropriate Fulbright Program Advisor using the contact information available here.

Information about the UW application process and guidance on preparing an application is available here. The Institute of International Education’s Fulbright website provides detailed information on the award itself. Prospective applicants should closely read the country summary for the country to which you wish to apply. Each country has different guidelines, procedures and priorities. This is especially true of language and affiliation requirements. Pay close attention to the details in the country summary to make sure your interests match before proceeding with an application.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Graduate Merit & Need Scholarships

Application deadline: August 15, 2017

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation awards scholarships based on merit and need for graduate students. Students do not need to be a member of AKA to apply, and students in any program or academic discipline are eligible.

In order to receive a one-year, one-time scholarship, graduate applicants must be currently enrolled and demonstrate community service and involvement. Applicants for merit-based awards must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and applicants for need-based awards must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

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

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Research Fellowships

Application deadline:   August 15, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and grants every year to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The fellowships support research on a variety of themes, such as foreign policy, immigration, and journalism, through stipends of $2,500 to $5,000.

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

UW Predoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Pathology/Toxicology – Fall 2017

Application Deadline:  August 15, 2017

UW’s NIH T32 Environmental Pathology/Toxicology (EP/T) Training Program will have two predoctoral positions available beginning Fall 2017. The Program’s mission is to prepare today’s newest scientists to respond to tomorrow’s environmental health research needs by offering training in basic research on disease mechanisms related to environmental health. Our goals are to train independent research scientists who are thoroughly conversant with morphologic and mechanistic aspects of environmental pathology and toxicology, with an added emphasis on genome sciences and new opportunities for training and participating in translational and clinical research.

Positions are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. Funding will be provided at standard NIH stipend levels. Currently, funding will be only for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year. However, depending on the outcome of the pending competitive renewal, funding may be available for up to three years of support.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here. For questions regarding the application process, contact Ellen Cravens at or 206-616-4135.

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and Educational Testing Services Outstanding Dissertations Competition

Application Deadline:  August 12, 2017

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) are proud to announce the Outstanding Dissertations Competition. By developing this competition, AAHHE and ETS are providing an opportunity to spotlight top doctoral students and, at the same time, are rewarding excellence in Hispanic student performance at the doctoral level. The goals are to encourage greater numbers of prepared students to enter and successfully complete doctoral programs and to enhance the quality of the dissertations they write.

The first place winner of the Outstanding Dissertations Competition will receive an award in the amount of $3,000. The second place winner will receive an award of $2,000. The third place winner will receive an award of $1,000. All of these winners will also be invited and sponsored to attend the 2018 AAHHE National Conference to present their dissertations. In addition, one of the winners will be invited to ETS corporate headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey to present their dissertation.

The competition is open to anyone who has completed a dissertation in the social sciences, broadly defined, between December 2015 and August 1, 2017. Additionally, the research needs to have application to the greater Hispanic community. Dissertations are eligible if they are in domains that are related to the ETS corporate mission, including education, linguistics, psychology, statistics, testing, and so forth. Studies using any research approach (historical, experimental, survey, qualitative, mixed methods, etc.) are eligible.

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

Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

Application deadline:   August 8, 2017 (with additional cycles in December and April)

The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) award is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and those with disabilities. 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.

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled in a PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., EngD, DNSc, DrPH, DSW, PharmD, PsyD, ScD), a formally combined MD/PhD program, or other combined professional/clinical and research doctoral (e.g., DDS/PhD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at a domestic institution. The Kirschstein-NRSA F31 may not be used to support studies leading to the MD, DDS, or other clinical, health-professional training (e.g., DC, DMD, DNP, DO, DPM, DVM, ND, OD, AuD).

For complete information about this opportunity, click here.

NRC Research Associateship Programs Awards

Application deadline:   August 1, 2017 (additional cycles in November, February, and March)

The National Academies’ NRC Research Associateship Program promotes excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

Competitive awards are available for scientists and engineers to conduct independent research in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include attractive stipends, health insurance, professional travel and relocation. Awards are available for scientists and engineers at all stages of their career. Applicants should hold, or anticipate receiving, an earned doctorate in science or engineering. Degrees from universities abroad should be equivalent in training and research experience to a degree from a U.S. institution. Many awards are open to foreign nationals as well as to U.S. citizens.


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

Patsy Mink Foundation Education Support Awards

Application deadline:   August 1, 2017

The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Awardees will be selected based on 1) financial need; 2) personal circumstance; 3) educational path; 4) vocational or occupational goals; and 5) service or activist or civic goals.

Education Support Awards are disbursed in two separate installments over the academic year (one each semester), and may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program.


  • must be a woman, at least 17 years of age
  • must be a mother, with minor children
  • must be pursuing a vocational degree/certificate; or an associate’s degree; or a first bachelor’s degree; or a professional/master’s/doctoral degree..
  • must be enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program during the 2016-2016 academic year.
  • must be low-income (annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,000 for a family of 3; less than $28,000 for a family of 4)

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