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 14 lucky University of Washington students get to make those decisions as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Find out where this year’s Bonderman Fellows are going and why.
The Bonderman Travel Fellowship offers University of Washington graduate students (including those in the Law and Business Schools and other graduate and professional programs) and undergraduate students in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) and in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.
Bonderman Fellowships enable students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new ways. Fellows may not participate in a program or organization, engage in formal study at a foreign university, conduct research or other academic projects, or travel with an organized group Bonderman Fellowships are intended to introduce students to cultures, peoples, and areas of the world with which they are not familiar.
The Bonderman Travel Fellowship program was created in 1995 through a gift from David Bonderman, who earned his undergraduate degree in Russian from the University of Washington in 1963. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he received a Sheldon Fellowship that allowed him to travel internationally, an experience that had a profound impact on his life. Now a successful investment adviser, Mr. Bonderman provides opportunities to current UW students for similarly transformative travel experiences through this fellowship program.
In this slideshow, created in 2010 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Bonderman Travel Fellowship, Bonderman Fellows share their worldwide travels via their own words and photos. Featuring Marleyse Borchard, Gerick Bergsma, Adamn Grupp, Brianna Craft, Rocio Mendoza, and Spencer James, it illustrates the vast diversity of the Fellows’ experiences and how it continues to impact their lives.