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Graduate Student Conference Presentation Awards

Conference presentation awards assist graduate students with travel fares and conference registration fees for conferences at which they will present papers, posters, performances or installations.

Maximum Amounts

  • $300 for virtual conference registration fee
  • $300 for domestic travel and conference registration fee
  • $500 for international travel and conference registration fee


The student must:

  • be confirmed as a presenter;
  • be in a UW graduate degree program and presenting work developed at the UW (not a prior institution);
  • be enrolled in UW courses at the time of the conference (or enrolled in the spring and registered for autumn if conference is in the summer);
  • not have received a Graduate School conference award in the prior year (July 1–June 30).
  • Award requests are due prior to the conference. Conference awards will not be awarded retroactively.

Application Process

Award requests are made to the Graduate School by departments. Students wishing to be considered for a conference presentation award should contact their Graduate Program Adviser.


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William P. and Ruth Gerberding Rome Studies Fellowship

Funded by the William P. and Ruth Gerberding Rome Studies Endowment

Award Information

This endowment fund was established to honor William and Ruth Gerberding. The Gerberdings came to the University of Washington in 1979 when William began his term as UW president, a term that lasted 16 years. Ruth was instrumental in helping to build public and private support for the University and served on many community committees and boards, including the UW Rome Center Advisory Committee.

These fellowships provide a lump sum award to assist with travel for graduate students who will be enrolled in a UW faculty-led program of study at the Rome Center.

Awards will range from $500 to $1,000, depending on the availability of funding and number and quality of nominees. While awards will be distributed prior to the study abroad program, if for any reason the awardee does not enroll in, attend, and complete the study abroad program at the Rome Center, he or she will be required to refund the full amount of the award to the Graduate School.


  • Nominee must be a current UW graduate student who has been accepted into a UW faculty-led program being held at the Rome Center.
  • Nominee must be enrolled as a graduate student in a UW degree program at the time of nomination and receipt of fellowship. On leave status is not considered enrolled.
  • Nominee cannot have received a prior Gerberding Rome award.
  • Nominees may not be receiving other Graduate School travel funding for travel during the time of the program or immediately before or after.
  • Students in both fee-based programs and tuition-based programs are eligible.
  • Student cannot be employed in any capacity in the study abroad program.

Nomination Process

Graduate students must be nominated for this award by the academic unit sponsoring the Rome Center program; please contact the program for more information.


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Tillman Military Scholars

Award Information

The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in active and veteran military service members and their spouses through educational scholarships–building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. The scholarship aims to cover expenses left unpaid by the GI Bill and other government support.

The program also seeks to provide guidance and resources that empower Tillman Scholars to serve and lead in their local communities and ease the transition from military to civilian life.


  • Veteran and active-duty military service members
  • Honorably discharged of pre– and post–9/11 service
  • From all branches of the U.S. Military including the National Guard and Reserve
  • Current spouses of veterans or active-duty service members, including surviving spouses
  • Service members or spouses pursuing a degree as a full-time student:
    • Undergraduate (bachelor’s or above)
    • Graduate or post-graduate degree
    • Public or private U.S.-based accredited institution

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Educational and career ambitions
  • Record of military service and/or community impact as a military spouse
  • Record of personal achievement
  • Demonstration of service to others in the community
  • Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community
  • Leadership potential
  • Compelling, thoughtful, genuine, and thorough essay question responses

Application Process

Apply directly through the Tillman Foundation website. The online application is typically due in February each year.

In order to best prepare for completing the application, have the following information available during the process: military service history, academic history, enrollment plans, and expected academic/living expenses and income for the upcoming academic year. All Tillman Scholar applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for funding.

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Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

Bearing the presidential moniker, the PMF Program is the federal government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced degree holders across all academic disciplines. It was established 45 years ago by Executive Order and has gone through changes over the years, but the essential mission remains the same: to recruit and develop a cadre of future government leaders drawn from all segments of society.

Eligible individuals apply to be selected as finalists. Finalists then have twelve months to secure an appointment as a fellow, which is a two-year, full-time, paid fellowship at a federal agency. The PMF Program creates a lasting bond among fellows and alumni. It also instills a spirit of public service, which, for fellows who complete the program successfully, can ultimately encourage and lead to a career in government. 

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Luce Scholars Program

Professional Opportunity in Asia

Award Information

This program provides stipends, language training, and individualized placement for 15-18 young Americans each year to spend twelve months in Asia in a professional, not academic, placement.

Established in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship that offers early-career leaders immersive, professional experiences in Asia. The program aims to forge stronger relationships across geographic borders by creating opportunities for young Americans to deepen their ties and understanding of the countries, cultures, and people of Asia.                  

Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the Luce Scholars Program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 18 Luce Scholars each year. The program welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields, with a range of backgrounds and experiences, who have had limited exposure to Asia. 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, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.

In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants are formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended.

Professional placements are arranged for each scholar on the basis of his or her individual interest, background, qualifications, and experience. 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. The placements are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the scholars. Certainly it is hoped that a scholar will be able to make a professional contribution to the host organization, but equally important is a willingness to learn some of the many things that Asia has to teach.

National Application Deadline: October 1, 2024 (2 p.m. Pacific)


Graduating seniors, recent alumni, and current graduate or professional students who meet the below criteria are welcome to apply:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Under the age of 32, or no more than 3 years out from receiving a bachelor’s degree
  • Candidates who have spent 18 weeks or more (since beginning college) in one of the countries where scholars are placed are eligible to apply, to be placed in a country where they do not have significant experience.
  • Candidates who have spent 18 weeks or more (since beginning college) in more than one of the countries where scholars are placed are not eligible to apply.

Application Process

Applicants to the Luce Scholars Program were previously required to apply through an eligible nominating institution. Candidates may now apply directly to the program via the Luce Scholars Program website.

Late applications—including transcripts and letters of recommendation—will NOT be accepted. You do not have to complete your application in one sitting; you can save your work at any point as frequently as necessary. Once you submit your application, you will no longer have access to it, so be sure to print a copy for your records prior to submitting.


Application Materials

  • Written Application – Candidates provide biographical and educational information.
  • Three Short Answer Questions – 250 words maximum for each question.
  • Personal Statement – 1,000 words; allows applicants to share their unique perspectives and aspirations. 
  • 1–2-Minute Video – Candidates record and upload a 1–2-minute video based on the provided prompt. The video gives program administrators a chance to get to know the candidate beyond the page. 
  • Academic Transcripts – Candidates upload transcripts of all college and graduate work. 
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR) – Candidates complete a form for each recommender. A minimum of two recommendations must be submitted, and a maximum of four recommendations will be accepted. Once a form is submitted, an email is triggered to the recommender. Letters must be uploaded separately by the recommenders. LORs can be from academic, professional, or collegial references. They should come from people who know the candidate well and can speak to their skills, abilities, and potential. LORs should be signed on official letterhead whenever possible. 

UW Luce Scholars Program Advisors

Graduate and professional students and alumni from UW Seattle can receive advising support from Michelle Sutton in the Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards:

Undergraduate students and bachelor’s graduates from UW Seattle can receiving advising support from Robin Chang in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards:

UW Bothell students and alumni of all levels may contact Natalia Dyba in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards:

UW Tacoma students and alumni of all levels may contact the Office of Global Affairs:

Additional Resources

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Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. Students from all UW departments and schools are encouraged to apply.

Contingent on funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the four National Resource Centers of the University of Washington will offer Academic Year and Summer FLAS Fellowships in the following languages:

Bangla, Burmese, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Inuktitut, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Persian, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese, French (intermediate or advanced only).

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Fulbright Postdoctoral Awards

Postdoctoral Awards provide recently graduated scholars an opportunity to conduct research and receive professional training abroad. Awards may involve limited teaching. Postdoctoral Awards are open to scholars who will have received a doctoral degree (Ph.D., J.D., M.D., Ed.D., etc.) within five to seven years of the fellowship start date, as noted in the award description. Degree conferment before the start of the award is mandatory. Institutional affiliation in the United States is not required.

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Critical Language Scholarship Program

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.

The CLS Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and career paths, with the goal of building a cadre of Americans who speak critical languages at high levels in government, business, arts and culture, science and engineering, health and medicine, education, research, and other fields.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 5 p.m. Pacific


To apply for the CLS Program you must, at the time of submitting your application:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (non-citizens, including permanent residents are not eligible)
  • Be enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level at the time of the application deadline. Special circumstances allowed are detailed on the CLS Program website.

In order to participate in the CLS Program you must, by the beginning of your program:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be in acceptable mental and physical health
  • Receive an appropriate visa from the country of study (deadlines vary by country)

More information about eligibility requirements >

Application process

All application materials are completed online. The application portal typically opens in early October. In addition to filling in required background information, applicants must complete short-answer essays and a statement of purpose.


Materials and resources

Writing workshops for the CLS Program are typically held for UW students in autumn quarter. Check our Events and Deadlines calendar for upcoming sessions.

Additional information for applicants, including recorded webinars, are available on the CLS website.


Michelle Sutton in the Office of Fellowships and Awards can assist you with questions and provide application support.

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Bullitt Foundation Environmental Leadership Fellowship

The Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship is a program to identify and support environmentally focused leaders in the Pacific Northwest.

The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is an award that provides a currently enrolled graduate student with a $100,000 prize over a two-year span of time to advance a project, engage in creative thinking, or spur action to address a specific environmental issue that furthers the Bullitt Foundation’s mission, outreach and impact in the Emerald Corridor.

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The Foundation is seeking an award winner who can do the following:

  • Work to advance a specific objective related to an issue aligned with the Bullitt Foundation’s mission, goals and program areas.
  • Present a solid track record or plan for success in their endeavor.
  • Provide progress reports (both written and presented) to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees during the award time period.
  • When applicable, be open to collaboration or opportunities to attend relevant meetings, conferences, or other work in which Foundation staff is engaged.
  • Receive the award and be honored at an annual dinner hosted by the Foundation, and be available for media requests and award promotion.

To be eligible, Fellowship winners must have the following qualities:

  • Be nominated by a faculty member who has knowledge of the applicant’s studies and field work. We strongly encourage the nomination of persons of color.
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in British Columbia, Washington State or Oregon. Students who have been accepted but who have not yet begun classes are not eligible.
  • Have faced adversity, overcome a significant hardship, or dealt with a major disadvantage in life.
  • Work on, study, or be actively engaged in issues related to the Foundation’s goals in the Emerald Corridor (the area stretching from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR).
  • Demonstrate a strong desire and capacity for leadership.
  • Be early in their career.

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