2019 Bonderman Fellowship application is now available! - Bonderman Fellowship for UW Students

CLOSING DATE: January 14, 2019


JOB #: 13222

POSTED: October 31, 2018


2019 Bonderman Fellowship application is now available!
Deadline: January 14, 2019, 12:00 noon (PST)

The 2019 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is open and we encourage you to apply! This fellowship offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.

The first information session is next Monday, 11/5/18, 12:30-1:30 pm in Mary Gates Hall 206.

David Bonderman - the donor - wishes to give students an opportunity to experience learning and growth in new and unexpected ways. Bonderman Fellows will undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world. Through solo travel the Fellows will focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.

Up to eight graduate and eight undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in spring 2019. Each Fellowship carries a $23,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.


All applicants must be enrolled (for graduate students “on leave” status is not considered enrolled) and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Good standing in this regard refers not only to academic but also disciplinary and conduct standing. Additionally:

GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: All students in graduate or professional degree programs are eligible to apply.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.55 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2019; OR
  • participation and good standing in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors) or in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program, by the start of Winter 2019. Undergraduates in one of these honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.55 UW GPA or higher to apply, but must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity, please attend one of the information sessions listed on the website.


How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 14, 2019.

More information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at bonderman.uw.edu.

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