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.

Eligibility

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.

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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Ernest R. Stiefel Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Study Award

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017

The Ernest R. Stiefel Graduate Study Award is given to graduate or professional students who are members of Phi Beta Kappa chapters at the University of Puget Sound or University of Washington and who will attend graduate or professional school at either the University of Puget Sound or the University of Washington. One award will be made, in the amount of $4,500.

Applicants must be members of PBK elected at UW or UPS and beginning graduate work at either the UW or UPS in the 2017-2018 academic year. Graduate study may be in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, or professions. Selection criteria will include: the applicant’s financial need (as demonstrated by the FAFSA document on file at the applicant’s current institution), the social utility of the applicant’s educational and career goals, the applicant’s work experience, and the applicant’s achieving of academic success (in the face of significant personal adversity, economic disadvantage, or disability, if applicable).

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

UW Martha H. Duggan Fellowship in Labor Studies

Application deadline:   June 12, 2017

The Martha H. Duggan Fellowship, offered through the UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, may be awarded to any graduate student who has demonstrated academic merit in any field as long as her or his work has a focus on labor. Preference for the award shall be given to graduate students committed to researching or serving those who provided caring labor, or who themselves have provided caring labor or assisted partners or other family members in gaining advanced education.

The fellowship winner must demonstrate high academic achievement and be enrolled at the UW for the upcoming Autumn Quarter. The fellowship has a value of $10,000 to be applied to tuition costs or provide support for living expenses, books, fees, and other educational expenses. The fellowship must be used within two years of receiving the award and while the student is still active at the University of Washington.

The Duggan fellow will be asked to assist the Bridges Chair in maintaining the focus on caring labor as a visible and ongoing part of the Center’s program. This might involve the identification and invitation of an important speaker in this field, or it may involve developing an activity (such as a conference or workshop) where scholars, practitioners, and/or activists who are concerned with caring labor can meet and exchange ideas. Additional funds may be available from the Bridges Center to be used by the Duggan fellow in these pursuits.

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

American Indian Graduate Center Graduate Fellowships

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2017

The American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship program provides approximately $1,200,000 in fellowships to over 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students each year. Graduate fellowships are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional full-time, degree-seeking students, who meet all eligibility criteria.  The fellowship amount is typically between $1000 and $5000 per academic year (not including summer), and varies from year to year, depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds and unmet financial need.

To be considered, applicants must be:

  • Pursuing a post-baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full-time student at an accredited institution in the U.S.;
  • Able to demonstrate financial need through submission of the AIGC Financial Need Form, and;
  • An enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent (possess one-fourth degree verifiable federally recognized Indian blood) as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate

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

Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Application Deadline: June 1, 2017

The Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information consists of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). The range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of information so-called, philosophy of science, etc.).

The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be an active doctoral student whose primary area of research is directly philosophical, whether the institutional setting is philosophy or another discipline; that is to say, the mode of dissertation research must be philosophical as opposed to empirical or literary study;
  • Have completed all course work; and
  • Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution.

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

Japanese Government Graduate Research Student Scholarships

Application Deadlines:  May 31, 2017

Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships to international students who wish to study in graduate courses at Japanese universities as research students (either non-degree or degree students) under the 2017 Japanese Government MEXT Scholarship Program.

Scholarship benefits include: monthly stipend, airfare to and from Japan, and exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation and tuition. Applicants must have the nationality of a country that has diplomatic relations with Japan and must be willing to learn Japanese. Applicants must have been born on or after April 2, 1983.

Applications from U.S. citizens living in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska will be accepted through the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. Other applicants should contact their Japanese Consulate or Embassy for information on how to apply.

For complete information about this opportunity, click here.

UW GPSS Officer Elections – Graduate Staff Assistantships

Nomination Deadline:  May 8, 2017

The University of Washington Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS) has just opened applications for officer elections. The GPSS, comprising approximately 130 registered Senators from a vast array of programs, is an advocacy organization dedicated to improving graduate and professional student life at the University of Washington. The GPSS officers set the organization’s goals, implement Senate directives, communicate goals and actions to the University and students, and report on progress toward achieving these directives. To that end, the GPSS Officers hold regular meetings of the Senate, a forum for graduate and professional students to voice their concerns and give direction to the GPSS. GPSS officers are accountable for managing a budget of over $500,000 and ensuring GPSS representation on over 70 University committees.

To ensure that all officers have the capacity to complete these responsibilities, each position is compensated for working 19.5 hours a week for the entire year, starting in June. Officers earn a wage equivalent to the salary of a TA or RA, receive graduate appointment health insurance, and their tuition is paid by the GPSS. Due to the significant obligations of the positions, officers may not concurrently hold a TA/RA appointment.
Eligibility:
  • A candidate need not be a current Senator, but must be a full-time graduate or professional student in the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • A candidate must intend to maintain their status as a graduate or professional student and be on campus throughout the 2017-18 academic year.
  • A candidate cannot be a member of the Judicial or Elections Committee.
  • A candidate must be able to work for GPSS for 19.5 hours per week during the 2017-2018 academic year, including 8 hours per week in the office (4 hours for the President) between the standard business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • A candidate must be available to attend Senate meetings and other required meetings.
  • A candidate must have attended at least three (3) GPSS Senate or standing committee meetings during the 2016-2017 academic year prior to the Elections Meeting on May 17, 2017. The standing committees include the Executive Committee, the Finance & Budget Committee, and the Judicial Committee. Upcoming meeting dates are available in the GPSS Elections Guide.
  • Incoming students in a one-year graduate or professional program are eligible to run for office, but they must provide either proof of registration or proof of enrollment in the upcoming Summer or Fall term to the Elections Committee Chair.

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

Bill Raskob Foundation Interest-Free Loan Program

Application Deadline:  May 15, 2017

The Bill Raskob Foundation aids students through educational loans at no interest. In order to qualify, you must be an American citizen, enrolled at an accredited institution for the upcoming school year. At present, the Foundation is not accepting applications from foreign students, US students graduating from a foreign school, for first-year study (undergraduate), medical students (except those funded last year) or correspondence courses.

The Foundation does not award scholarships, grants or gifts. Academic proficiency is a factor of importance, but need is given first consideration. The Board of Trustees also consider demonstrated self-reliance, character, willingness to assume responsibility and capacity for leadership, as evidenced by performance. The amount of aid is dependent upon need. The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the average loan is for $5,000. Parents (when applicable) are expected to assist an applicant to the full extent of their ability. Applicants applying for aid are expected to demonstrate that they have exhausted the opportunities for assistance in their local community and school.

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