Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Campus Nominations


The scholarships and fellowships featured below are prestigious national and international awards that require internal review or nomination from the University of Washington. Where noted, there is a limit to how many candidates the university can nominate. In all other cases, the university conducts the first stage of the selection process.

The first step for applicants from the Bothell campus is to schedule an advising appointment with Natalia Dyba, Merit Scholarships Advisor, at least a month prior to the campus deadline. Opportunities are listed in the order of their campus deadline.

Scholarship Opportunities

Luce Scholars Program

  • Provides fully-funded year-long placements in Asia, including stipends, language training, and tailored work assignment, for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia.
  • Applicants must be US citizens under 30, in good health, who will have completed a Bachelor's degree by the start of the grant.
  • Campus Deadline: September

Fulbright US Student Program

  • Post-graduate opportunities, funded by the US Department of State, to spend a year abroad doing research, graduate studies, or teaching English in over 155 countries worldwide.
  • Applicants must be US citizens in good health who will have completed a Bachelor's degree by the start of the grant. They must have a high level of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, and a well-designed project proposal. Foreign language proficiency may be required.
  • Campus Deadline: September

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

  • Up to $30,000 in funding and professional development opportunities for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Named after President Truman, the scholarship recognizes outstanding leadership potential, academic achievement, and the desire to pursue a career in public service.
  • Applicants must be US nationals, in their junior year, with a strong record of public service and a minimum 3.3 GPA.
  • Campus Deadline: November

Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Eighty scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions of $350 to students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents with at least a B average.
  • UW Bothell can nominate up to three candidates in each one of the scholarship categories: the environment, tribal public policy, and Native American health care.
  • Campus Deadline: November

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

  • Up to 300 scholarships of $7,500 are awarded annually to encourage top students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents with research experience and a strong GPA.
  • The University of Washington can nominate up to four candidates.
  • Campus Deadline: November

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship

  • One-year, paid opportunity to work as a junior researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC.
  • Applicants must have excellent credentials and submit a thought paper on one of the Endowment’s focus areas, including current issues in the Middle East, Russia and Eurasia, China, the Indian subcontinent/South Asia, democratic change, international economics, non-proliferation and security affairs. Must be authorized to work in the US.
  • UW Bothell can nominate up to two students.
  • Campus Deadline: November

Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Funded by the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships allow undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages and cultures in regions critical to US national security interests. The scholarship offers up to $20,000 for year-long programs.
  • Applicants must be US citizens. Recipients commit to work for the federal government for one year post-graduation.
  • Campus Deadline: January
  • Note: Campus review is not required for graduate students applying for a Boren Fellowship.

Scholarships for Graduate Study in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

  • The Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell and Rhodes scholarships all provide funding for students interested in attending graduate school in the UK. 
  • Competitive applicants must: have obtained a baccalaureate degree; be a U.S. Citizen at time of application.  (International students may apply for the Gates Cambridge and the Rhodes Scholarships); have a 3.7 GPA; have a record of leadership and participation in extra-curricular activities (academic, research, internships, service, study abroad); be 29 or younger for the Mitchell and 23 or younger for the Rhodes (as of Oct. 1).
  • Campus Deadline: April

Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color

  • Designed to recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as public school teachers in the United States, the program provides Fellows $30,000 plus mentoring and training to complete master’s degree programs in education and become excellent educators who ensure student success in high-need schools.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of color, committed to the goals of the program and graduating with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • Campus Deadline: May



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