William P. and Ruth Gerberding Rome Studies Fellowship – UW Graduate School Skip to content

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.


Contact the Office of Fellowships & Awards.

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