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International Research Fellowships

Funded by the Chester Fritz and Boeing International endowments

These one-quarter grants provide support to UW graduate students doing research that takes place outside of the United States. Successful applicants are awarded either a Chester Fritz Fellowship or a Boeing International Fellowship.

The fellowships are available to fund research periods of one quarter (three full months) abroad during the 2024–2025 year (autumn 2024–summer 2025). These awards DO NOT support faculty-led UW study abroad programs. 

Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,800 per month, and paid health insurance (GAIP). During the quarter of their award, fellows are required to register for independent learning through UW Study Abroad. The program fee is covered by this fellowship. No extra money is included for airfare.

AWARD DEADLINE: Monday, February 26, 2024, noon (Pacific)


  • Must be a currently enrolled student in a UW master’s or doctoral tuition-based graduate program at the time of application and receipt of fellowship. Students who are on academic leave are not eligible.
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.
  • Students who have already received a previous Graduate School International Research Fellowship are ineligible.

Application Materials

All of the following materials must be received by the application deadline in order for applicants to be considered; no late materials will be accepted. For a more thorough description of the required materials, please refer to the online application.

  1. Statement of purpose or outline of research project
  2. Timeline (by week) of proposed research activities
  3. Documentation of affiliation (optional but recommended)
  4. CV/Resume
  5. Unofficial UW Transcript
  6. One letter of recommendation. Applicants will designate a recommender via MyGrad.

Open an application in MyGrad

Selection Criteria

Criteria for selection are not limited to but include:

  • Explanation of the research that will be done on the fellowship
  • Evidence of the relationship between the proposed research and the applicant’s academic program
  • Evidence of the necessity to go overseas to conduct the research and the relevance of the university or locale to the planned research
  • Evidence of appropriate skills (including language competence) and support (including evidence of affiliation, if required or appropriate) to carry out the proposed project
  • If applicable, demonstration of the proposal’s innovativeness or contribution to the field

Applicants are not required to affiliate with an institution; however, your application will be stronger if you have arranged an affiliation that will provide you access and/or facilities to do your research/ study, or if you can demonstrate you are in the process of arranging such an affiliation.

Terms of Award

Successful applicants are expected to be in-country for the three months of the quarter in which they receive this fellowship.

Successful applicants may not receive funding or salary from another source comparable to the Fritz or Boeing Fellowship during the quarter in which they receive this fellowship. One-time travel or research grant funding may be acceptable with prior approval from the Office of Fellowships and Awards.

If the research includes systematic collection of information about or from humans or animals, the fellowship will not be disbursed until the student has received either approval or exemption from the Human Subjects Division or the Office of Animal Welfare. It may take several months to complete the process. Complying with Human Subjects Division or Animal Welfare review is the responsibility of the student, in coordination with their faculty advisor and department chair.

Travel to countries under U.S. travel warnings may not be permitted while on this fellowship. Students can consult with the Office of Fellowships and Awards for more information.


Michelle Sutton in the Office of Fellowships & Awards can assist you.

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