Program Specific Funding

The resources listed below are program-specific resources and are available to students and accepted applicants within the Cultural Studies and Policy Studies programs. For more general funding information, please visit our IAS Graduate Funding Resources page.

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 reduction or waiver. Recipients are typically first-year students. Award amounts vary and cannot exceed the total amount due on a tuition account in any given quarter. Applicants will be asked if they wish to be considered for funding on the application form, and the Admissions Committee will review the applications to determine award recipients. Recipients will be notified of their awards by the IAS Graduate Office on admission.

Application for Funding Reserve

Students whose continuation in the program is threatened by unanticipated circumstances may also be eligible for retention funding. Please submit an Application for Reserve Funding (.doc) to the IAS Graduate Office. Retention funds are available only to students who are currently enrolled and in good standing.

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Graduate Staff Assistantship

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences hires 1-2 Graduate Staff Assistants (GSAs) annually: these positions assist the Student Services & Advising Office (UW1-360) to support advising and programs for undergraduate and graduate students. GSA appointments are 50% (20 hours per week) for one academic year; they require occasional evening and weekend work, a Washington State driver's license, and full-time enrollment. Benefits include a full tuition waiver for one academic year, a monthly stipend, and medical/dental insurance. IAS graduate students are eligible to apply: Applications are called for in Spring Quarter for positions that serve the following academic year.

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Community-Engagement Funds

Community Engagement Funds support IAS graduate students in undertaking public-facing research, education, and engagement activities in partnership with a community organization or site, in alignment with the IAS Mission, Values, and Goals and the IAS Diversity Plan.

Examples include the design and facilitation of a community-based workshop, course, reading group, or performance.  (Read about projects by Nafasi Ferrell, Angie Winkle, and Gamut Literary Series.)

These funds are available to currently enrolled IAS graduate students who have completed their first academic year of coursework. Projects should be undertaken under academic supervision, as part of a capstone, practicum, thesis, or directed research project, and should include a plan for assessing the outcomes, impact, and process of the collaboration/engagement.

Successful applications will:

  • Demonstrate the feasibility of the project and activities;
  • Demonstrate good fit between the project and the community partner/site, and/or mutual benefits to both the student and the communities/partners engaged;
  • Engage stakeholders in assessment and reflection; and
  • Align and advance the IAS Mission, Values, and Goals, and the IAS Diversity Plan

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and students will be notified within four weeks of submission.

Apply for Community Engagement Funds (UWNetID and login required).

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Conference/Research Funding

IAS Conference/Research Funding

The IAS Graduate Office has funds to support Cultural Studies and Policy Studies students participating in relevant conferences and research associated with their capstone or portfolio. 

Students are eligible to apply for up to $400 in conference/professional development funding per academic year. Applicants must be matriculated current students and enrolled full-time at the time of the respective conference/professional development opportunity.  

Funding may be used for conference/workshop registration, lodging, food & drink (not including alcohol), presentation supplies, and transportation. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students may also be eligible for additional funding from the UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation (see below). 

Funding is disbursed in the form of a reimbursement check 4 – 8 weeks after receipts are submitted. Be sure to read carefully the reimbursement policy prior to applying for funding.

Apply for Conference/Research Travel Funding (UW NetID and login required).

Graduate School Conference Travel Funding

The Graduate School awards Graduate Student Conference Travel Funding to assist graduate students with transportation costs to and from academic and professional conferences.  Students presenting original research or creative work at conferences are eligible for $300 for domestic travel and up to $500 for international travel. 

Students from all IAS Graduate Programs are eligible to apply for travel funding from GSFEI. Individual awards are limited to one every other year.

IAS Graduate Programs department submits the travel funding request on your behalf. You will need to be able to provide documentation of your conference acceptance. 

This funding is disbursed in the form of a reimbursement check 4 – 8 weeks after receipts are submitted. Be sure to read carefully the reimbursement policy below.

Apply for Graduate School Conference Travel Funding (UW NetID and login required).

Student Academic Enhancement Fund (SAEF) Award

UW Bothell students have the opportunity to apply for travel funds from the Student Academic Enhancement Fund (SAEF), established by the Services and Activities Fee Committee and administered by ASUWB. Awards of up to $1,500 are available to help fund students’ educational travel.

First priority is given to students who have been offered the opportunity to present a research paper or project at a professional conference and are endorsed by a UWB faculty member in his or her discipline. Second priority goes to students who wish to enhance their current leadership role on campus by attending a skills-building conference or workshop and are endorsed by the student organization advisor. Third priority is for students who wish to attend a conference or workshop in order to create or enhance a project or service that will directly benefit UWB students and are endorsed by a UWB faculty or staff member familiar with the project.

Additional Information: A complete application, including a letter of recommendation, must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the first day of the event. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. You may be contacted for clarification and may be asked to present your proposal to ASUWB.

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Reimbursement Policy

Be sure to review the University of Washington Travel Office's Policies and Procedures for information on arranging travel, paying for travel, transportation, per diem, conference registration, and more.

To receive reimbursement, you must submit eligible receipts.  Eligible receipts are individual and itemized.

  • If you wish to share lodging with another student, you are still required to submit a separate receipt verifying your individual payment. Many hotels will split the bill onto separate cards.
  • If you wish to travel with another student, you must book and pay for flights or other transportation separately to ensure you have an acceptable receipt.
  • Reimbursement will not exceed the approved funding amount and will only be made to the person whose credit card was charged and whose name is on the receipt.
  • We provide per diem only for meals not provided by lodging or conference during travel status (review here
  • Alcohol purchases will not be reimbursed.
  • Meals and lodging within 50 miles of Seattle are not eligible for reimbursement.

Upon return, contact the IAS Graduate Office at to initiate reimbursement.  You will need to submit an expense form and scanned, eligible receipts. Once reviewed and approved by the IAS Grad Office it will proceed for approval and processing with the UWB Travel Office. Please allow up to 4 weeks for reimbursement.

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