Graduate Fellowships & Grants

This page lists fellowships and grants offered by the department, as well as UW or external grants that geography graduate students often apply for. The Graduate School also administers a wide range of fellowships.

& Grants

Award Type




Howard Martin Fund Department. $100-$1,500 Fall & Spring Quarters.  The Department of Geography distributes modest research support for graduate students twice each year from funds dedicated to the memory of Howard Martin, who was a long-time professor and founding chair (1935-50) in this department with tremendous dedication to graduate education and mentoring. Call for proposals will be sent out to graduate email list.
UW Presidential Dissertation Fellowship UW Graduate School. One quarter stipend at level of Predoc TA II. See Graduate School page. The Graduate School Presidential Dissertation award is intended to assist Ph.D. candidates in the final stages of writing and completing their dissertations. The 2019-20 Dissertation Fellowship is a one-quarter award established with support of the University President. Students apply to the department and the department submits the top-ranked applications to the Graduate School. 
Gerlach Award Department. One quarter stipend at level of Predoc TA II. Same as Presidential Dissertation Fellowship. If the top-ranked geography student application to the Presidential Dissertation Fellowship is selected for the award, the second-ranked application receives the Gerlach Award. If the top-ranked award does not receive the Dissertation Fellowship, that student will receive the Gerlach Award. 
Chester Fritz/Boeing Foreign Studies Fellowships UW Graduate School. $2,400/month for one quarter plus health insurance (GAIP). Usually Winter quarter but see Graduate School page.

These one-quarter grants provide support to UW graduate students doing international research or study. Successful applicants are awarded either a Chester Fritz Fellowship or a Boeing International Fellowship.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships University of Washington.

Summer: $5,000 tuition,$2,500 living stipend

Academic year: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend.

Usually Fall quarter, see page for details. FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies. Students from all UW departments and schools are encouraged to apply.
Ford Foundation Fellowships External but administered by the UW Graduate School.

Predoctoral fellowship: $24,000 for three years.

Dissertation fellowship: $25,000 for one year.

Fall Quarter Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Graduate Opportunity Program Fellowships Department/
Graduate School.
Stipend based on the departmental rate plus tuition for the first year.  N/A If the department is given one, this merit award will be offered to an incoming student in February.
Graduate Top Scholar Recruitment Department/
Graduate School.
Varies depending on award. N/A Offer made to an incoming student in February.
Simpson Center Fellowships Simpson Center. Varies depending on award. Fall Quarter Numerous fellowships are available through the Simpson Center, including for the Digital Humanities and for their Society of Scholars.
Harry Bridges Center for Labor Scholarships Harry Bridges Center. $1,000-$10,000 depending on the award. Spring Quarter Numerous fellowships and scholarships are available through the Harry Bridges Center for student doing research related to labor.
NSF Graduate Fellowships External but administered by the UW Graduate School. $34,000 for three years, $12,000 towards tuition (Graduate School covers remaining). Late October The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. 
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award External. Varies. Open throughout the year See NSF website.
Social Science Research Council Awards External. Varies. Varies. The SSRC has a number of fellowships available to graduate students working on a range of topics connected to their goal of mobilizing social science for the public good.
Fulbright U.S. Student Awards External but administered by the UW Graduate School. Varies depending on award. Fall Quarter The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Opportunities for international students as well. 
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award External but administered by the UW Graduate School. Varies. Winter Quarter The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship provides funding for dissertation research abroad for graduate students pursuing non-Western European area studies. Geographic areas include: Africa; East, Southeast, and South Asia, Pacific Islands; Near East; East Central Europe and Eurasia; and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).
Luce Scholars Program External but administered by the UW Graduate School. Stipends, language training, and professional placement in Asia for 12 months. Fall Quarter The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The UW can nominate 3 scholars per year to compete in the national competition.