Funding Resources

UW Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are several different options to explore within the University of Washington for financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, tuition assistance and more.

UW Bothell Financial Aid Office

The UW Bothell Financial Aid Office makes some funding available to graduate students. These opportunities generally combine academic merit and financial need. Contact an advisor at for more information.


Graduate scholarships and grant opportunities can be quite competitive and students are encouraged to search widely for opportunities. Some UW resources include:

The UW Bothell Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards works with multiple campus partners at UW Bothell and UW Seattle to connect current and newly admitted students to funding opportunities and merit-based awards. Visit the UW Bothell Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards for more information or to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment. Read more about some of the funding opportunities for graduate students.

Current students may also consult the UW scholarship database (use NetID and password) to explore over 500 merit-based funding opportunities or seek assistance from the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS), which provides resources for outside funding opportunities. See below for two upcoming competitive funding opportunities.

College Art Association Fellowship
Deadlines: October
CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships support promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $5,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.
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Writers in the Schools (WITS)
Deadlines: August
Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Seattle Arts & Lectures, is looking for creative writers—poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, cartoonists/graphic novelists, and playwrights—who are passionate about teaching the power and pleasure of writing to young people and who are excited to collaborate with public school teachers. Employment is part-time. Residency contracts vary, but typically extend for nine months from October to June. A school-year commitment is typically required. Compensation for a full-residency is $6,500 ($77/teaching hour; to be paid in monthly installments). Partial or greater residencies are scaled accordingly.
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The Graduate School

The Graduate School website contains information on various funding opportunities, including:

Fellowships - The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards administers a variety of fellowships and their staff is available for consultation. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, you need to plan ahead. Most fellowship competitions have deadlines 6-9 months prior to the beginning date of the fellowship, and usually require personal statements and letters of recommendation that may take several months to compile. Be sure to check the UW Graduate School Funding Calendar for deadlines.

Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) – GFIS works to provide resources for outside funding opportunities to graduate students at the masters and doctoral level who have been admitted to or who are attending the University of Washington. GFIS offers workshops and individual consultations to help students explore resources for potential funding. Sign up for the blog to receive regular updates.

Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) - GO-MAP works to provide an innovative and inclusive graduate student community and experience. GO-MAP takes a leadership role in the recruitment and retention of minority and underrepresented graduate students and students pursuing studies in multicultural scholarship. GO-MAP also strives to improve campus climate so that all students may learn and grow through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. GO-MAP offers a number of funding opportunities, and their application processes generally require departmental nomination.