What Are Fellowships?

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Fellowships are competitive, merit-based scholarships that provide financial support for undergraduate or graduate study, research, social justice or public service work, international travel, and graduate school. They can range from short, quarter-long opportunities to multiple years of funding. Applying for a fellowship takes time, effort and dedication, and offers a great opportunity for personal reflection. Watch the video tutorial below to learn more. 

Additional video tutorials can be found on the Student Fellowships YouTube channel.

A number of fellowships require nomination or a campus interview . Be sure to contact Cindy Schaarschmidt, Director Student Fellowships & Study Abroad right away if you’re interested. Below is a sample list of fellowships. For additional fellowships, check out this searchable scholarship database

Email tscholar@uw.edu for a list of fellowship opportunities based on your field of study.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Boren Scholarship

For study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Gilman Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship for Pell grant recipients for studying or interning abroad.

Goldwater Scholarship

For outstanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) undergraduates interested in research careers.

Tillman Scholarship

For veteran and active-duty students in medicine, law, business, government, education and the arts.

Truman Scholarship

For college Juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service.

Udall Scholarship

For students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Postgraduate or Graduate Fellowships

Please note that you can apply for most of the awards below in your senior year.

Beinecke Scholarship

For college juniors who plan to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

DAAD Graduate Study Scholarship

For graduate study or research at a German university.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Funding for one academic year of self-designed study, research, creative projects, or teaching English in one of over 140 countries around the world. 

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Highly prestigious and competitive award for outstanding students to pursue a graduate degree at Cambridge University.

Luce Scholars Program

Stipend, language training, and professional placement in Asia.

Marshall Scholarship

Highly prestigious and competitive award for one or two years of graduate study in the UK.

Mitchell Scholarship

Prestigious and competitive scholarship for one year of graduate study in Ireland.

Rhodes Scholarship

Highly selective and prestigious fellowship for graduate study at Oxford University.

Schwarzman Scholars Program

For a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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