UW Easa A. Bateh Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

The UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC) offers the Easa A. Bateh Fellowship to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. This award is made possible by a generous donation from the Bateh family. This fund supports students who study Arabic language and/or demonstrate a deep commitment to Islamic culture in any of its aspects (religion, law, literature, etc.). Applicants must hold a 3.50 GPA or higher in his/her major and a 3.26 overall GPA.

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

UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Funding Opportunities

Application Deadline:  January 15, 2017

The UW Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC) has a number of funding opportunities open to UW graduate students from across the university, including:

  • Maurice and Lois Schwartz Fellowship
    The Schwartz fellowship is designed to help support graduate students with international study during their degree program. The normal amounts for Schwartz fellowships are $1500 (for one quarter), though under exceptional circumstances two-quarter $4000 fellowships have been awarded.
  • Easa A. Bateh Fellowships
    This award is made possible by a generous donation from the Bateh family. This fund supports students who study Arabic language and/or demonstrate a deep commitment to Islamic culture in any of its aspects (religion, law, literature, etc.).
  • Dr. Paul Leroy Award in Ancient Egyptian Studies
    This award, in the amount of $500, is made possible by the generosity of Dr. Paul LeRoy.  It will be presented to the top student at UW undertaking research on ancient Egypt. Students can represent any of the academic disciplines, e.g., archaeology, arts, history, language, etc.
  • The Friends of Persian Studies Student Fellowship
    This fellowship, made possible through the generosity of the local Iranian-American community and other friends of Persian Studies, celebrates the achievements of University of Washington students in the field of Persian and Iranian studies, broadly defined. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated not only their academic excellence, but also a thoughtful commitment to the language, literature, history, and culture of the Iranian world.
  • Aryan Khorram Research Award on the Iranian-American Experience
    The Aryan Khorram Research Award celebrates the importance of thinking critically about the diversity of the Iranian-American experience. This grant ($2,000 or two awards of $1,000), awarded on a competitive basis, encourages students to explore diverse aspects of the Iranian-American experience through research into the politics, literature, arts, and culture of Persian-speaking peoples in America.
  • Roshan Institute Fellowship For Excellence In Persian Studies
    The Roshan Institute Fellowship for Excellence in Persian Studies has been made possible by a generous endowment from the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes scholarship on Persian culture and heritage. Stipend awards may be made up to $15,000 per year. This fellowship is earmarked for Doctoral (Ph.D.) students at the University of Washington whose focus is on any aspect of Persian language and literature and Iranian culture and civilization, broadly defined, and who are already engaged in writing their dissertation. It is intended especially to support outstanding Ph.D. students in the latter stages of their dissertation writing.
  • The Turkish and Ottoman Literature Endowed Fellowship
    This fellowship was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor and matching funds from the University. The current amount in the endowment allows an estimated stipend for the academic year of about $15,000. To be eligible, applicants must be Ph.D. students at the University of Washington whose major field of study is Turkish and/or Ottoman literature.

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

Library of Congress Kluge Center Kislak Fellowship

Application deadline:   October 15, 2016

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress offers two short-term fellowships annually for independent scholars, students, and college and university faculty to conduct research based on items from the Kislak Collection. The Kislak Short-term Fellowship is for a period of 3 months, at a stipend of $4,200 per month, for residential research at the Library of Congress.

The Kislak Fellows Program supports scholarly research that contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the history and cultures of the Americas. It provides an opportunity for concentrated use of materials from the Kislak Collection and other collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency at the Library. The program supports research projects in the disciplines of archaeology, history, cartography, epigraphy, linguistics, ethno-history, ethnography, bibliography and sociology, with particular emphasis on Florida, the circum-Caribbean region and Mesoamerica.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: https://loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/kislakshort.html

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowships

Application deadline:   October 15, 2016

The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
 offers doctoral fellowships to non-Republic of China citizens. Doctoral candidates who are non-ROC citizens and who are enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, or South America may apply for financial support for writing dissertations in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Citizens of the ROC should apply for Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad.

Applicants should have completed all other requirements for their Ph.D. degree, and must be in the last stage of their doctoral program. The maximum amount of each award is US$18,000, which is given for a period extending to one year.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

For additional opportunities from the Foundation, see: http://www.cckf.org/e-dornation.htm

American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship

Application deadline:   July 1, 2016

The American Institute of Indian Studies is a cooperative, non-profit organization of 81 American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India, its people, and culture. AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. In addition to applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences, AIIS encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resource Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning.

Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for AIIS fellowships. Junior Research Fellowships are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://www.indiastudies.org/research-fellowship-programs/research-fellowship-application-packet/

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award

UW deadline:   April 25, 2016

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship provides funding for dissertation research abroad for graduate students pursuing non-Western European area studies. Geographic areas include: Africa; East, Southeast, and South Asia, Pacific Islands; Near East; East Central Europe and Eurasia; and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).

UW students must apply for this award through the Graduate School’s Office of Fellowship and Awards by the internal UW deadline of April 25.


  • U.S. citizens or immigrant aliens
  • Ph.D. candidates in modern area studies, planning a career in teaching, government, international development and the professions
  • Proficiency in the language of the host country is required

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://grad.uw.edu/graduate-student-funding/for-students/fellowships/list-of-fellowships/fulbright-hays-doctoral-dissertation-award/

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

Application deadline:   May 1, 2016

Wenner-Gren Foundation 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.  Please note that the Foundation has suspended the Osmundsen Initiative supplement  Grants are non-renewable.

Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program (or equivalent, if applying from outside the United States) at the time of application. Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply.  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. Application deadlines are May 1 and November 1. Final decisions are made six months later.

Eligibility details

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled for a doctoral degree.
  2. Application must be made jointly with a dissertation supervisor or other scholar who will undertake responsibility for supervising the project.
  3. Qualified doctoral students are eligible without regard to nationality or institutional or departmental affiliation.
  4. Grant funds cannot be released unless the applicant has successfully completed all requirements for the doctoral degree other than the dissertation/thesis. Applications may be submitted before the completion of such requirements; however, all requirements other than the dissertation/thesis must be completed before the start date for the research given by the applicant on the application form. If the application is successful, the Foundation will request confirmation that this requirement has been met.
  5. Dissertation Fieldwork applications that were unsuccessful in a prior funding cycle may be resubmitted only if they are accompanied by a resubmission statement, explaining how the application is different from the prior application and how the referees’ comments have been addressed.
  6. If a Dissertation Fieldwork grant is awarded, the applicant and supervisor must agree to comply with the Requirements and Conditions of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.
  7. Applicants who already hold a doctorate irrespective of field are not eligible to apply for a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant leading to a second doctorate.

An additional funding round will be held in Fall 2016, with an application deadline of November 1, 2016

For complete information about this opportunity, including application materials, see:

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

Application deadline:   April 1, 2016

The UW South Asia Center is pleased to announce the competition for the awarding of the India Association of Western Washington Scholarship.

This competition is open to all University of Washington students who are South Asia majors or minors or who have demonstrated an interest in South Asia as defined below.
Two awards will be made each in the amount of $1000, for support of the awardee’s studies in summer 2016 or the academic year 2016-17.

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University of Washington who demonstrate a serious academic interest in South Asia by virtue of successfully completing at least 15 credits of South Asia-related courses by the end of the period in which they hold the IAWW Scholarship. Credits earned on study abroad in South Asia will fulfill this requirement. Credits earned through language study will also fulfill this requirement.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://southasia.washington.edu/students/funding/#IAWW

North American Conference on British Studies Dissertation Fellowships & Travel Grants

Application deadline:   April 1, 2016

The NACBS Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to support dissertation research in the British Isles on any topic of British (including Scottish, Irish and Imperial) history or British Studies. The Fellowship consists of a $10,000 stipend. Two runners-up will receive a $5,000 travel grant. Each advisor may nominate one candidate enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U.S. or Canadian institution. At the time of application, the nominee must have completed all degree requirements save the dissertation.

The candidate must need to travel to the British Isles for the purpose of dissertation research. The fellowship awardee must conduct full-time research in the British Isles for an extended stay of at least three-months duration. Travel grant awardees may conduct shorter research trips.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://nacbs.org/prizes/nacbs-dissertation-year-fellowship

UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Grants & Fellowships

Application deadlines:  March 1 & April 1, 2016

Jewish Studies Opportunity Grants

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies offers support for study abroad experiences and language courses connected to Jewish Studies. These Student Opportunity Grants are separately offered in two cycles: grants for Summer/Fall (due March 1, 2016) and grants for Winter/Spring (due October 14, 2016). Any undergraduate or graduate student planning to be enrolled at the University of Washington for the 2016-2017 academic year is eligible to apply. The amount per grant will be up to $1500. Multiple grants are available.

For graduate students, Jewish Studies Opportunity Grants are intended to help support research, conference attendance, and further study in topics related to Jewish Studies. This research and study can be done domestically or abroad.

Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship Program

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies launched a new Graduate Fellowship program in 2012. Thanks to the generosity of community supporters, every year a cohort of outstanding graduate students receives $3,000 grants to support research projects related to Jewish Studies. Application materials are due April 1, 2016.

The goal of the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship is to build an intellectual community around Jewish Studies. Fellows participate in a workshop series to foster professional development and advance their research agendas. All awardees present their work at the Jewish Studies Spring Research Symposium in Spring Quarter.

For complete information about these opportunities, see: http://jewishstudies.washington.edu/scholarships/