Below is a list of scholarships that are of frequent interest to LSJ majors. There are many additional scholarships for which you may qualify. Students are encouraged to meet with an Adviser, the Financial Aid Office, or the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards to discuss further funding opportunities.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman scholarship provides funding to students who have traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad. The Gilman is for students receiving Pell Grants, and aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia.
The Bonderman Travel Fellowship offers University of Washington graduate students and select undergraduate students 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.
UW Center for Human Rights Scholarships
The UW Center for Human Rights provides two grants to students involved in hands-on social change projects that address human rights issues.
- The Osheroff Clark Fund for Students provides financial resources for undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action. All hands-on human rights projects aiming to achieve real-world impact are eligible, whether the work is carried out in the United States or abroad.
- The Jennifer Caldwell Fund in Human Rights gives financial support to UW students proposing international, hands-on practical projects to produce tangible human rights improvements for vulnerable communities around the world.
The Fulbright US Student Program provides funding for individually designed study/research projects or an English Teaching Assistantship. Applicants can propose a project and/or study plan that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the US. The program provides support for study/research/teaching in a single country, facilitates cultural exchange, and promotes mutual understanding.
UW Global Opportunities Study Abroad Scholarships
Global Opportunities helps undergraduate students with significant financial need access international learning opportunities. They sponsor two scholarships:
- The Go! Scholarship is funded by the Washington State Legislature. This competitive scholarship helps academically promising undergraduate students with significant financial need access international learning. The scholarship is need-based.
- The Fritz Undergraduate Scholarship is funded by the Chester Fritz Endowment. This academically competitive scholarship provides funding to students majoring in the Humanities and Social Sciences and is merit based.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. The Truman Scholarship recognizes outstanding leadership potential, academic achievement, and the desire to pursue a career in public service.
UW Library Research Award for Undergraduates
This $1,000 award is given to several UW undergraduate students who have excelled in the completion of a research project, such as a thesis or research paper. The award is given during the Spring quarter of every academic year. More information on the University Libraries website.
LSJ Stromberg Scholarship for Study Abroad
This scholarship, which is awarded annually in Winter quarter, is named in honor of Karin Stromberg, LSJ’s former Adviser. This scholarship provides financial support to an LSJ major who wishes to participate in a University of Washington-approved study abroad program that engages questions clearly relevant to the major. Application information is emailed to all LSJ majors every Winter.
UW Mary Gates Endowment
The Mary Gates Endowment, established by Bill and Melinda Gates, provides several types of scholarships that support and enrich undergraduate students’ learning.
- Research Scholarships enable students from a wide range of disciplines to deepen their involvement in work with faculty on research, curricular design, the creative arts, and other forms of scholarly endeavor.
- Leadership Scholarships are designed to foster students' growth as leaders by supporting them to pursue a challenge or project, often focused on public service in the community or on campus.
- Venture Scholarships enable ambitious students to undertake imaginative and risky ventures of their own design.
UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
This UW office is your best one-stop shop for locating merit-based scholarship and fellowship opportunities! They have an excellent website that includes a search engine of numerous local and national scholarships that fit LSJ majors’ skills and interests. This office also provides one-on-one advising appointments to assist students in their scholarship search and in applying for opportunities.