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Alfonso Carlos Peña Graduate Fellowship

The Peña Graduate Fellowship was established to provide support to graduate students engaged in research and/or activities related to wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House). Awardees must have financial need and an interest in and a commitment to addressing social and environmental issues impacting American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or other indigenous communities.

Deadline: Monday, June 12 , 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. No exceptions will be made. ***Please note: This application is now closed for the 2023-2024 academic year. It will reopen again for new applications for the 2024-2025 academic year during Spring quarter 2024. 


  • Graduate students currently enrolled in full-time master’s or doctoral program (10+ credits per quarter), AND previously enrolled in the 2020-21 academic year
  • Demonstrated financial need (FAFSA, WASFA or equivalent)
  • US citizen, DACAmented, undocumented or hold permanent resident status
  • Tribal enrollment verification or proof of lineage for American Indian and Alaska Native students
  • Students in fee-based programs are eligible for the $20,000 stipend and GAIP coverage (no tuition coverage)
  • The following are ineligible:
    • Students who hold an F1 or J1 visa or will be enrolled in a foreign study, study abroad or international program or exchange
    • Students enrolled in MD/JD/DDS/PharmD programs

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made by the department in the MyGrad awards management system. Please login to nominate a student and submit the following:

  • Letter of nomination from Department Chair or GPC describing how the graduate student meets the eligibility for the Peña Graduate Fellowship, the department’s plan for the second year of funding and how the department will provide support (outside of funding) to the student throughout their graduate studies at the University of Washington.
  • Statement from student addressing their interest in and commitment to addressing social and environmental issues impacting American Indian, Alaska Native and/or indigenous communities


Regarding questions about the Alfonso Carlos Peña Graduate Fellowship, please contact GSEE at or 206.543.9016.

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