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Funding Resources for Students

Departmental Resources

Policy on UW Graduate Student Travel Funds  (PDF)
Request for Travel Funds Form (DOCX)  (PDF)

The Graduate School provides limited support for graduate students to present papers at academic conferences, symposiums and workshops. Requests for this support must be channeled through the department. Deadlines for petitioning the Graduate School for travel support vary according to the dates of the proposed travel. 

  • June 1 for travel between July 1 and August 31
  • July 1 for travel between August 1 and Sept. 30
  • Aug. 1 for travel between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31
  • Sept. 1 for travel between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30
  • Oct. 1 for travel between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31
  • Nov. 1 for travel between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31
  • Dec. 1 for travel between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28/29
  • Jan. 1 for travel between Feb. 1 and March 31
  • Feb. 1 for travel between March 1 and April 30
  • March 1 for travel between April 1 and May 31
  • April 1 for travel between May 1 and June 30
  • May 1 for travel between June 1 and July 31

Because requests have to pass through the AL&L office (where they are reviewed and approved [or not] for forwarding to the graduate school), anyone wishing to request this kind of support must submit a request to the AL&L department office at least ONE WEEK earlier than the deadline dates given above. Complete the AL&L Dept. Travel Funds Request Form and return it to the Dept. Administrator. 

Please note the following:

  1. The graduate school has a fixed amount of money for this purpose, and once the money is gone, no more requests will be funded.
  2. The graduate school maximum per request is $300. for domestic travel and $500.00 for international travel. When necessary AL&L will try to supplement this in modest amounts to the extent department funds allow. 
  3. Travel funds are available only for graduate students who have had papers officially accepted for presentation at recognized academic or scholarly meetings or for students who are actively participating in an academic workshop or symposium.
  4. Please note that you must be currently enrolled (NOT on leave) to receive this funding.

Asian L&L Graduate Student Travel Funding (PDF)

Our graduate students have a limited amount of travel funds from the annual booksale and other donations.  Please contact the person who is taking charge of the fund. (2017-2018 Academic Year, Xi Zhu: )

General Resources

UW Graduate School: Funding Opportunities

Includes information on and links to a bibliography of funding resources, a list of funding websites, and the Grants and Funding Information Service (GFIS) in Suzzallo Library.

UW Graduate School: Calendar of Fellowship Application Deadlines

Perhaps your most direct link to information on fellowships administered through the Grad School, including Fulbright Study Abroad Fellowships, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities, the National Security Education Program, Huckabay Teaching Fellowships, Humanities Dissertation Fellowships, etc.

International and Area Studies Fellowships

Fellowships, including the FLAS, are awarded through the Jackson School of International Studies (JSIS). Please visit the link above for general information about these fellowship. They also provide links to the application forms. You can also download this flyer [add link] for more details.

Specific Fellowships and Programs

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Grants for a year of full-time advanced language study at an institution in Asia.

Bonderman Graduate Travel Fellowship

Where would you go if you had eight months to travel solo? Which two continents and six countries would you visit? How would you get there? Where would you stay? What experiences would you seek out? How would you be transformed? Each year a handful of lucky University of Washington students get to make those decisions as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The Bonderman Travel Fellowship offers University of Washington graduate, professional, and select undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.

Chester Fritz Tuition Scholarship

Grants to students writing dissertations on an international topic. Requires students to be out of the country for at least three months. Administered through the Jackson School.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

Research grants, grants for scholars (CCK Distinguished Fellowships, CCK Scholar Grants, CCK Junior Scholar Grants), conference/seminar/workshop grants, publication subsidies, doctoral fellowships, dissertation fellowships for ROC students abroad, travel grants and visiting fellowships.

Critical Language Scholarship

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. Administered through the Graduate School.

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships provide support for overseas or domestic study, or a combination of both.

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships provide support for the study of geographic areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann supported students and charitable organizations in her lifetime and created a fund to continue support after her death. The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund supports graduate students with “outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.” The University of Washington is one of the institutions selected to submit three nominees for this national fellowship. In 2017-18, the fellowship will provide an $18,000 stipend, plus tuition. This annual award may be renewed for a total of three years. Adminstered through the Graduate School.


The Fulbright Program offers a variety of grant opportunities, including comprehensive Fulbright grants and Fulbright travel grants.  Additional grants are available on a country-by-country basis, including opportunities in teaching and business.


The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides opportunities for graduate students to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. It is administered through the Graduate School at the University of Washington.

Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Social Professions

The Graduate School Presidential Dissertation award is intended to assist Ph.D. candidates in the final stages of writing and completing their dissertations. The 2018-19 Dissertation Fellowship is a one-quarter award established with support of the University President.

Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation sponsors a variety of grant programs relating to the exchange of persons, support for Japanese studies and Japanese-language instruction, exchanges in the arts, and assistance for media-related projects such as publications, translation, and film or video production.

Mellon Dissertation Fellowships (AAR)

Support for dissertation research in humanities using sources in the original language.

Mellon Dissertation ACLS Completion Fellowship

Funding for final year of graduate school (PhC only). Prestigious and includes a large stipend. Administered through the Graduate School.

Muktabodha Indological Research Institute Graduate Student Research

Fellowships in Hindu Studies.

National Taiwan University Exchange Fellowship

For advanced graduate students who are fluent or near-fluent in Chinese. Provides tuition waiver, stipend, and dormitory accommodations at National Taiwan University.

Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities

The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities provides various types of support to foster innovative cross-disciplinary research in the humanities and to stimulate exchange and debate on cultural and intellectual issues. Primarily summer funding and/or funding for special projects.