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June 28, 2021

Fulbright fellow Hannah VanBenschoten checks in from Sweden

Fulbright fellow Hannah VanBenschoten standing outside in the snow in Sweden

Traveling internationally during the pandemic has not been easy for many people, but despite Sweden’s travel ban, Fulbright Scholar Hannah VanBenschoten was able to use a student visa to study in Stockholm. A UW bioengineering Ph.D. student, Hannah flew to Sweden in mid-January 2021 and has been studying at the Karolinska Institute. Hannah was awarded…


June 16, 2021

‘Understand what values are important to the [funding] organization,’ advises Tillman Scholar Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy in front of Suzzallo Library

Mike McCarthy, a doctoral student in Education and U.S. Army veteran, applied to the Pat Tillman Scholarship three times because Tillman’s life of service and passion resonated with him.  McCarthy has come to embrace a model of leadership that focuses on compassionate service and collaboration. He advises others to thoroughly research the organization(s) to which…


Four graduate students receive Fulbright 2021-22 grants

Headshot photos of Sarah Philo, Minh Nguyen, Kathleen Abadie, and Christina Park

Four UW graduate students and alumni were awarded grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2021-2022 school year to conduct research and teaching in Nepal, Taiwan, Portugal, and Israel.  UW Graduate and professional students and alumni can apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program with support from the Office of Fellowships & Awards. Read…


March 17, 2021

2021 Gatzert Fellows Contribute to the Lives of Children with Disabilities

profile pictures of 2021 Gatzert fellows Shixin Huang and Michael Rosenberg

How can we make ankle-foot orthoses that do more to improve mobility? How are parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in China working to enhance their children’s quality of life? These are some of the questions that drive this year’s Gatzert Child Welfare Fellows. The Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship is a one-quarter fellowship…


November 25, 2020

‘Be stubborn…keep trying,’ advises Mindy Cohoon on applying for fellowships

“I applied and applied and applied, and the third time I applied, I got it.” Graduate student Mindy Cohoon, speaking of her process applying for the Simpson Center’s Digital Humanities Fellowship Between her undergraduate and graduate years, Near and Middle Eastern Studies Ph.D. student Mindy Cohoon has received 23 fellowships, grants and scholarships.  She credits her success to…


November 18, 2020

Channing Nesbitt Looks Forward to Bonderman Adventure

Channing Nesbitt in Husky baseball uniform

 …”it will be a reformative time of life. I plan to come back very different from when I leave.” Former Husky baseball player and recent graduate of the Evans School of Public Policy, Channing Nesbitt discussed his application and plans for his Bonderman journey with UW Student Athlete Academic Services.  Read the article here.


November 16, 2020

UW Ford Fellows on Science, Community and Applying for Fellowships

Profile pictures of Ford fellows Colleen O'Connor and Jorge Cisneros

The secret to helping secure a fellowship is being able to tell your story through the personal statement, O’Connor said. One way to help stand out is showing how one’s research can impact the community. -Colleen O’Connor Being able to tell her story and the story of her research to audiences as varied as elementary school children and the…


June 29, 2020

Eight graduate students receive Fulbright 2020-21 research grants

China, Germany, Nigeria, and Sweden are just some of the countries where UW graduate students and alumni will be conducting research next year, as eight students and alumni were awarded grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2020-2021 school year.  UW Graduate and professional students and alumni can apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program…


January 31, 2020

Natalie Gasca — A Biostatistician Travels the World

Natalie Gasca overlooking Lake Titicaca in Bolivia

Natalie Gasca, a PhD student in Biostatistics, discusses the transformative experience of the Bonderman Fellowship and how it has impacted her perspective on health and well-being and her future aspirations. Read the story.


Colleen Kimsey’s Bonderman Travel Reflections

Colleen Kimsey in front of a mural in Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa

Colleen Kimsey completed the Bonderman Fellowship with a trek in Nepal this September. The Bonderman Fellowship provides UW students with the opportunity to independently travel the world for eight months. Students choose the countries they will visit, and the fellowship provides them with the opportunity to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to…



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