Funding Resources

UW Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are several different options to consider within the University of Washington for financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, tuition assistance and more. Explore the information and links below to see what you may qualify for.

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 via email at for more information on financial aid.


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.

Current and incoming 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.

Scholarship Search Sites

Michigan State University Grants for Individuals (You do not need to be a MSU student)
Nationally Coveted College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards
GrantSelect - Under "Program Type," note that there are several options listing funding for individuals, such as "scholarships."
SciVal Funding - allows you to search for grants in many different countries, including the U.S.

Suggested Scholarship Opportunities

UW Bothell Scholarships
UW Scholarships
External Scholarships
Travel Scholarships

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.

IAS Tuition Assistance

 IAS Graduate Programs may be in a position to provide limited funding to Cultural Studies and Policy Studies graduate students on the basis of academic merit. This funding is disbursed in the form of a tuition waiver. Recipients are typically first-year students and must be Washington State residents. Award amounts vary and cannot exceed the total amount due on a tuition account in any given quarter. There is no separate application process for this assistance; the Admissions Committee will review each confirmed student’s application for admission to determine award recipients. The IAS Graduate Office will contact those granted this tuition assistance.