David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

UW Campus Application Deadline: January 11, 2017

National Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and regions that are underrepresented in study abroad programs, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. The fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study to supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Either matriculated in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Boren Fellows must remain matriculated in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship and may not graduate until the fellowship is complete.
  • Planning an overseas program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. Boren Fellowships are not for study in the United States. 

Applicants from the UW are not required but highly encouraged to submit application materials by the earlier campus deadline (see deadline above) and complete an in-person interview with a campus committee in January. Following the interview, applicants will have the opportunity to make revisions based on committee feedback before final applications are submitted to the national committee. The interview process is solely intended to provide applicants with additional support prior to submission.

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.

American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowships

Application Deadline:  November 1, 2016

The American Research Institute in Turkey is pleased to offer ARIT fellowships for research in Turkey for the 2017-2018 year.  Grants for tenures up to one academic year will be considered; applications for projects of shorter duration are also supported. ARIT provides lodging, research, and study facilities for researchers, as well as connections with colleagues, institutions, and authorities through its branch centers in Istanbul and Ankara.

Scholars and advanced graduate students engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern times in Turkey, in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible to apply.  Student applicants must have fulfilled all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation by June 2017, and before beginning any ARIT-sponsored research.  Non-U.S. applicants who reside in the U.S. or Canada are expected to maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the U.S. or Canada.

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

Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Academy Scholars Program

Application deadline:   October 1, 2016

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions.

Academy Scholars are appointed for two years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. The competition for these awards is open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000. This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://academy.wcfia.harvard.edu/programs/academy_scholar

Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship

Application deadline:   September 30, 2016

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Twice yearly, the fellowship’s  Board of Directors selects a group of outstanding individuals to spend six to  nine months in Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice.

Fellows receive a salary of $2,900 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC. The program also provide $1,000 per fellow for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees, or to take a language or policy course.

A second fellowship application cycle will be held in spring 2017.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://scoville.org/

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/

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

ACSUS-Enders Graduate Fellowship in Canada-US Relations

Application deadline:   March 31, 2016

The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) offers a $3,500 graduate fellowship to encourage in depth inclusion of Canadian content in comparative research/projects that have policy relevance for Canada-U.S. relations as well as Canadian social, economic, political, security, and quality of life issues.

Topics particularly relevant to Canada-U.S. relations include trade and economics, defense and security cooperation, border management, energy, softwood lumber, environment and natural resource management, and agriculture. Other topics include comparative urban planning, health care delivery, multicultural educational policies, environmental law, etc. To enable successful candidates to spend 4-6 weeks at a Canadian university, research site or business other than their own conducting research related to their thesis, dissertation or graduate work in the field of Canadian Studies.

Eligible students are enrolled in a full-time masters or doctoral program at an institution in the United States.

For complete informaiton about this opportunity, see: http://acsus.org/programs/enders-student-fellowship

Women in International Trade (WIIT) Scholarship

Application deadline:   March 15, 2016

The WIIT Charitable Trust scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are interested in international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business. Winners receive a scholarship award of $1,500 and a free one-year membership to WIIT. Scholarships are awarded to one female undergraduate and one female graduate student during each scholarship period.

Applications for the Fall 2016 semester will be accepted until March 15, 2016 and applications for the Spring 2017 semester will be accepted until July 15, 2016.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application details, see: https://wiit.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/WIIT-Scholarship-Program-Form-2016-2017-1.pdf