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The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available for the 2014 cycle. This extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge is made possible by the generous donation of Mr. David Bonderman. The criteria for application eligibility is outlined below.

Please note that the eligibility requirements for undergraduate students have been revised for 2014. We are instituting these changes on a trial basis and will review and make changes as needed annually in response to the donor’s recommendations.

University of Washington students in the following categories are eligible:

  • graduate or professional degree program students;
  • Undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, who also meet one of the following criteria:
    • o at least a 3.8 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2014; or
    • o participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2014.

Additionally, applicants must be enrolled and in good standing during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent residence status.

David Bonderman – the donor – wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.

Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2014. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.

To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity, please attend one of the following sessions.

Information Sessions

  • Monday December 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m., webinar

To register go to:

  • Friday, January 10, 2014, 2:30 p.m., room to be announced

Question and Answer sessions

The application deadline is Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12 noon (PST).

Information about the fellowship and the application can be found at:

If you do not have the chance to attend one of the information sessions and you have questions about this award, please review the Bonderman Fellowship FAQ and watch the Webinar recordings (to be posted after December 11, 2013).  If you still have questions you may contact us at

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The National Student Exchange (NSE) gives you an opportunity to experience a different area with its unique cultural and academic opportunities. Since NSE’s beginning in 1968, more than 96,000 students have had the opportunity to participate in NSE, giving them the opportunity to:

·     broaden their personal and educational perspectives
·     experience new cultures
·     explore new areas of study
·     learn from different professors
·     access new courses
·     experience personal growth
·     meet new people
·     make new friends
·     live in a different area
·     investigate graduate schools
·     seek future employment

Many returning UW students describe NSE as a life-changing experience which has made them more independent, self-confident and resourceful; expanded their risk-taking capabilities; and helped them better define their academic and career objectives. Students who have been on exchange return to UW with lasting friendships formed with students from all over the country.

Prior to exchange, you will develop a written agreement to ensure that the work you satisfactorily complete on exchange will count toward your degree program here. NSE operates with tuition reciprocity (tuition paid to our campus or at the in-state rates of the host campus) and federal financial aid portability. Your nomination for participation will be done by NSE at UW, with selection by the host campus being completed in March. With placement rates of 97 percent, our students can generally find a location to meet both their academic and personal objectives.

Think about it. Visit Talk with your parents, adviser, and professors about this exciting opportunity. Then, plan to attend one of our information sessions where we will explain the details of the program, provide brochures, outline application procedures, and answer all of your questions.

The session schedule is:
Jan.13, 2:30pm
Jan. 16, 1:30pm
Jan. 21, 10:30am
Jan. 27, 11:30am
Jan. 30, 12:30pm
Feb. 5, 2pm

All sessions take place in Mary Gates Hall 173R (enter through 171).

The priority deadline for application is February 6, 2014. Applications received February 7th through February 13th will be considered on a space-available basis.



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Receive tuition and a living stipend: 

        Academic Year Graduate:                  $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend

Academic Year Undergraduate:         $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend

Summer Graduate/Undergraduate:        $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

The FLAS Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  FLAS Fellowships support study of the following languages and their world regions:

-Arabic –Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian –Bulgarian –Burmese -Canadian First Nations –Chinese –Czech –Danish -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog –Finnish –French –German –Hebrew –Hindi -Indonesian/Malay –Italian –Japanese –Kazakh –Khmer –Korean –Latvian –Lithuanian –Norwegian –Persian –Polish –Portuguese –Russian –Slovenian –Spanish –Swahili –Swedish –Tajik –Thai –Turkish –Uighur –Urdu –Uzbek –Vietnamese

FLAS Information Sessions, covering FLAS benefits and requirements, the application process, and the use of FLAS awards abroad, will be held at the following dates and times:

  • Undergraduate Fellowship Fair, Oct 10, 10-2,Mary Gates Hall, FLAS Session 11:30-12:20 MGH 206
  • Study Abroad Fair, Wed, Oct 23, 10-2, Mary Gates Hall, FLAS Session 10:30-11 MGH 258
  • Thomson 317: T Oct 29, 3:30-4:30/ Wed Nov 6, 2:30-3:30/ T Nov 26, 2:30-3:30
  • Denny 213: Wed Nov 13, 3:30-4:30
  • UW Bothell 1-103, Nov 14, 3:30-5
  • Parrington 313: Wed Dec 4, 2:30-3:30

 Applications due January 15, 2014.  Questions: email

For more information, visit 

Are you planning to study abroad during the spring of 2014 or later? Are you a Federal Pell Grant recipient? Do you want help covering the costs of your study abroad program?

If you answered yes to all three of the above questions, you should come to the Gilman Scholarship Workshop!

Every year, the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship is awarded to hundreds of undergraduate students who want to study abroad but have limited financial means. You could be one of those students – all you have to do is apply. The next application cycle ends October 1, so if you’re interested, now is the perfect time to start planning.

To learn more, come to the Gilman Scholarship Workshop on Wednesday, June 5th, from 1:30-2:30 in MGH 171. At the workshop, you will:

-       read and analyze sample essays

-       begin working on your own application

-       learn money-saving travel tricks

-       talk to a past recipient about her experience

The workshop will be led by Celia Gurney, a UW junior who studied in northern Brazil this past fall.

Please click here to review program description and application process. 


The Stroum Jewish Studies Program is pleased to offer three (3) merit-based Travel Grant opportunities ($1,750 each) to currently enrolled University of Washington Undergraduate students who plan to study abroad at an institution of higher learning or approved study-abroad program during summer 2013 and/or the 2013/2014 academic year as part of their coursework or research in Jewish studies.  Students do not need to be Jewish Studies majors or minors to apply.

Travel Grant award recipients are asked to contribute one blog post about their travel experiences to submit for publication on

To apply, please submit the following to the Catalyst dropbox here (UW NetID required):

  • A cover sheet with name, student number, phone number, postal and email addresses.
  • A 1-2 page description of how studying abroad will enhance your program of study and help you achieve your goals
  • Transcript (unofficial accepted)
  • One letter of recommendation from a UW professor on letterhead with original signature.

Deadline to apply is Monday, April 15th at 5 pm. Award decisions will be made by early May.


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