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Scholarships, Fellowships, & Grants
- Scholarships, fellowships, and grants are interchangeable terms
- Include money for school, research, travel, or other educational activities that does not have to be paid back
- Ideally, begin searching for funding a year before you plan to begin school
- Deadlines for fellowships, scholarships, and grants are usually 6-12 months before they pay out
- Summer funding and some smaller awards will have quicker turnaround
- International students can filter by residency or citizenship status in most of the databases below. We also have a section for resources geared towards international students.
Master's Funding Search Tools
Databases of fellowships, scholarships, and grants for master's students
Doctoral Funding Search Tools
Databases of fellowships, scholarships, and grants for PhD students
Additional Places to Search
May provide direct funding
May have information on how students fund their studies
List of academic departments
Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) Blog
Small sample of available scholarships, fellowships, grants, and assistantships
UW Main Page
Click the magnifying glass icon to search all UW webpages
Use keywords to search for funding in your discipline or interest area
For example, "architecture fellowship" or "labor scholarship"
Crafting Search Terms
- Start general. Begin with simple searches that combine a general keyword or category (e.g. anthropology or social science). Filter by eligibility criteria that pertain to you (e.g. master's degree, international students).
- Consider your search terms. Brainstorm a list of keywords in three areas: your degree or program, your research interests, and your personal, social, or cultural identities (e. g. gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation). Use many synonyms.
- Follow up! Always visit the funding source's website for the most accurate information about a particular funding opportunity. Follow leads to see what other funding they offer that may not appear in the database.
- Automate your process. Grant Forward conveniently allows you to save searches and set up alerts. Creating a spreadsheet to keep track of awards in other databases may be helpful for the search process.
- Look at "closed opportunities" and deadlines that have passed. If you are in a multi-year program, you can apply to a scholarship, fellowship, or grant in the following award cycle.
Funding from UW
Funding at UW is often administered through specific departments. It is important to be in contact with your program to know if they have funding for graduate students and information about applying to these opportunities.