UW Graduate School

International Research and Study Fellowships

Funded by the Chester Fritz and Boeing International endowments

These one-quarter grants provide support to UW graduate students doing international research or study. Successful applicants are awarded either a Chester Fritz Fellowship or a Boeing International Fellowship.

The fellowships are available to fund research and/or study periods of one quarter (three full months) abroad during the 2021-2022 year (autumn 2021 – summer 2022)*. These awards DO NOT support faculty-led UW study abroad programs.

Awardees will receive a stipend of $2,500 per month, and paid health insurance (GAIP). During the quarter of their award, fellows are required to register for an independent learning program through UW Study Abroad. The program fee is covered by this fellowship. No extra money is included for airfare.

*COVID-19 update: International travel must be approved by the UW Office of Global Affairs. Applicants should be planning to undertake travel in the 2021-22 academic year, but timeline of use for the actual award may be flexible based on travel and safety conditions overseas.

AWARD DEADLINE: Monday, February 1, 2021, noon (PST)


  • Must be a currently enrolled student in a UW master’s or doctoral tuition-based graduate program at the time of application and receipt of fellowship. Students who are on academic leave are not eligible.
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.
  • Students who have already received a previous Graduate School Fritz or Boeing fellowship are ineligible.

Application Materials

All of the following materials must be received by the application deadline in order for applicants to be considered; no late materials will be accepted.

  1. Statement of purpose or outline of research project. The statement may not exceed 3 pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, with one-inch margins on all sides. Footnotes may be 10-point Times New Roman type but are included in the three-page limit. Applicants may also submit a bibliography or references, not to exceed one page, 12-point Times New Roman type, with one-inch margins on all sides. If planning to study, include a description of how the period of study at the partner institution or abroad will contribute to degree.
  2. Timeline (by week) of proposed research or study activities (no more than one page, single spaced).
  3. Documentation of affiliation, if you are conducting research and have an affiliation (recommended but not required).
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Unofficial UW Transcript
  6. Two letters of recommendation from faculty. The letter of recommendation should be submitted directly by the writer. Applicants will be able to send out recommendation requests via the Awards portal in MyGrad.

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Selection Criteria

Criteria for selection are not limited to but include:

  • Explanation of the research and/or study that will be done on the fellowship
  • Evidence of the relationship between the proposed study/research and the applicant’s academic program
  • Evidence of the necessity to go overseas to conduct the study/research and the relevance of the university or locale to the planned research (including evidence of affiliation, if required or appropriate, to carry out the proposed project)
  • Evidence of appropriate skills (including language competence) to carry out the proposed project
  • If applicable, demonstration of the proposal’s innovativeness or contribution to the field

Applicants are not required to affiliate with an institution; however, your application will be stronger if you have arranged an affiliation that will provide you access and/or facilities to do your research/ study, or if you can demonstrate you are in the process of arranging such an affiliation.

Terms of Award

Successful applicants are expected to be in-country for the three months of the quarter in which they receive this fellowship (autumn: 9/16-12/15; winter: 12/16-3/15; spring: 3/16-6/15; summer: 6/16-9/15).

Successful applicants may not receive funding or salary from another source comparable to the Fritz or Boeing Fellowship during the quarter in which they receive this fellowship. One-time travel or research grant funding may be acceptable with prior approval from the Office of Fellowships and Awards.

If the research includes systematic collection of information about or from humans or animals, the fellowship will not be disbursed until the student has received either approval or exemption from the Human Subjects Division or the Office of Animal Welfare. It may take several months to complete the process. Complying with Human Subjects Division or Animal Welfare review is the responsibility of the student, in coordination with his or her faculty advisor and department chair.

Travel to countries under U.S. travel warnings may not be permitted while on this fellowship. Students can consult with the Office of Fellowships and Awards for more information.


Michelle Sutton in the Office of Fellowships and Awards can assist you: gradappt@uw.edu or 206.543.7152.