Funding: Luce Scholars Program – for students and alumni interested in gaining experience in Asia

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Seniors, alumni, graduate and professional students: there is still time to apply for the Luce Scholars Program! UW’s deadline for applications is Sept. 5! The program also just announced some important expansions to their eligibility requirements, hopefully allowing more students to take advantage. In brief, the program is now open to both US citizens and Permanent Residents (formerly US citizens only) with no more than 18 weeks of experience in Asia since high school (formerly 12 weeks anytime).

The Luce Scholars Program is a great opportunity for those with little or no prior experience in, or education about, Asian countries to add this valuable perspective to their future career interests! UW is able to nominate 3 students/alumni per year to compete nationally for the opportunity to spend 12 months in Asia. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.

During the current application cycle for the 2019-20 program, applicants must be US citizens or Permanent Residents who, by July 1, 2019, will have received at least a bachelor’s degree and will not have reached their 30th birthday. Applicants should have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability, and a clearly defined career interest with evidence of potential for professional accomplishment. Those who already have significant experience in Asia (over 18 weeks since graduating high school) or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. (Eligibility criteria are set by the Henry Luce Foundation; additional details are provided in the Program Summary below.) Students are welcome to be in touch with questions!

Campus application deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
UW online application form: https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/516
UW application and nomination information: http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/luce

Luce Scholars Program Advisers at UW:
    For graduate students or alumni – Michelle Drapek, mdrapek@uw.edu, G-1 Communications
For undergraduate students or alumni – Robin Chang, robinc@uw.edu, 171 Mary Gates Hall

Program Summary: 

The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually any field other than Asian studies, including but hardly limited to medicine and public health, the arts, law, science, environmental studies, international development, and journalism. Placements can be made in the following countries or regions in East and Southeast Asia: Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In spite of its name, the Luce Scholars Program is experiential rather than academic in nature. Some Scholars have been attached to Asian universities in teaching or research capacities, but none of the participants is formally enrolled as a student in a college or university and no academic credit is extended. Past placements have included an architect’s atelier in Tokyo; a public health program in Banda Aceh; a Gobi regional initiative in Ulaanbaatar; a dance theatre in Kuala Lumpur; an agricultural and environmental center in Hanoi; a human rights commission in Seoul; a pediatric hospital in Bangkok; a TV network in Beijing; a national museum in Siem Reap; an international arbitration centre in Singapore; and English-language newspapers, local governmental agencies and NGOs in diverse fields throughout East and Southeast Asia. Professional placements are arranged for each Scholar on the basis of his or her individual interest, background, qualifications, and experience.

Each Scholar spends July and August studying the language of the placement country, and the work assignments run for approximately ten months from September until July of the following year. The placements are intended primarily as learning opportunities for the Scholars. Certainly it is hoped that a Scholar will be able to make a professional contribution to the host organization, but equally important is a willingness to learn some of the many things that Asia has to teach.

UW’s recent Luce Scholars:

2017 MPA graduate Elena Swartz was selected for the 2017-18 grant and spent last year in Nepal. Elena’s focus in the Evans School was on Humanitarian Aid and Emergency Management. Read more about Elena at http://www.hluce.org/lsbios.aspx#eswartz.

2015 UW graduate Varsha Govindaraju was selected for the 2015-16 grant and spent her Luce year Cambodia. Read the UAA article about Varsha at http://www.washington.edu/uaa/2015/03/18/robinson-center-student-varsha-govindaraju-selected-for-prestigious-luce-scholarship/, and an update discussing her year in Cambodia at http://www.washington.edu/uaa/2018/04/03/my-luce-year-in-cambodia/.

2013 UW graduate Genevieve Gebhart was selected in 2013 and spent 2013-14 in Laos and Thailand as a Luce Scholar. Read the UAA article and Q&A with Gennie at http://www.washington.edu/uaa/2013/03/15/honors-student-genevieve-gebhart-selected-for-luce-scholarship/.

2010 UW graduate Jesse Burk-Rafel was selected as a Luce Scholar in 2010 and spent 2010-2011 in Mongolia under the program. Read the UW News article about Jesse at http://www.washington.edu/news/2010/03/04/bioengineering-student-first-uw-undergraduate-awarded-prestigious-luce-scholarship-since-1977/.

Funding: 2018 Bonderman Fellowship application open

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The 2018 Bonderman Fellowship application is now available!
Deadline: January 8, 2018, 12 noon (PST)

The 2018 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is open! 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. Continue reading

Funding: Population Health Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards

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The UW’s Population Health Initiative is offering Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards of up to $1,500 to further students’ academic, research, or professional goals as they strive to become the next generation of leaders in population health. The application period for this round of funding opens on April 10, 2017 and closes on Friday, April 28, 2017.

These awards are open to graduate students on all three campuses who:

  1. Are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  2. Have been accepted to present a population health-related paper, poster, or exhibit, or to serve as an invited speaker, at a conference, symposium, or other professional and academic meeting. Students in the arts may request funding for invited performances or installations.

In order to apply, an applicant must be nominated by a faculty member. Once nominated, applicants will receive an email with a link to their portion of the application.

To learn more, please visit www.uw.edu/populationhealth/resources/funding-and-awards/.

Funding: 2017 Bonderman Fellowship application open

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The 2017 Bonderman Fellowship application now available!
Deadline: January 9, 2017, 12 noon (PST)

The 2017 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available and we encourage you to consider applying! 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 Wednesday, 11/2, 12:30-1:30 pm in the Allen Auditorium, Allen Library!
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Events: UW Study Abroad Fair on November 8th

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The UW Study Abroad Fair is only 3 weeks away! Join us on Tuesday, November 8th from 10:00-2:00 in the HUB Ballroom to learn more about the wide array of study and international internship opportunities, attend information sessions and connect with study abroad alumni. With over 500 program offerings in 75 countries, financial aid and scholarships available, and programs that occur anywhere from 10 days to a full year, there is no excuse not to study abroad. The time is now – don’t miss out!

For more information on the event, please see the event flyer and visit www.washington.edu/studyabroad and the UW Study Abroad Fair Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1112952028766269/

Funding: Bonderman Travel Fellowship 2016

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Bonderman Travel Fellowship 2016
Deadline: January 11, 2016, 12 noon (PST)

The 2016 Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available and we encourage you to consider applying. 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.

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. Continue reading

Welcome to the 2015-16 Academic Year!

Welcome to the 2015-16 Academic Year!

The staff in Student Services is excited to start another academic year! We have planned a number of events for Autumn quarter including chats with the Dean, a variety of career workshops and meet-the-firm events, as well as our traditional Spooky Study Break. For our online students: watch for ways to attend these events online or listen to the recordings at a later date.

Here’s a guide to the information you’ll find in this document:

  • New iSchool Faculty
  • iSchool Welcome and Orientation Evaluations
  • iSchool Facilities
    • iLounge and iSchool Computer Lab Etiquette
    • Husky Card Access
    • After-hours Building Permits
  • iSchool and UW Student Conduct Policies
  • Communication
    • Student Services Blog and Social Media
    • Advising Emails
  • Student Representatives for iSchool Committees
  • Student Leadership Council
  • Funding to Present at Conferences
  • iCareers
    • Scheduling Academic and Career Advising Appointments
    • Viewing iSchool Events
    • Accessing Internship, Job and Capstone Postings
  • Conversations with the Dean
  • Student Services Study Break

New iSchool Faculty

The iSchool hired six  new faculty members.  Some have taught for us part-time, some have returned after time teaching elsewhere, and some are brand new to the iSchool.

After teaching for the iSchool part-time, Mike Doane and Annie Searle are joining the iSchool as full-time lectures.  Michael Freeman joined the iSchool last winter quarter, teaching a bit in spring and summer quarters.

Joining us this autumn are Sean McGann, Joel Ross, and Hala Annabi.

iSchool Welcome and Orientation Evaluation

Attention new students:  we want your feedback.  Please take a moment to complete our survey about your program orientation and iSchool Welcome activities.  The survey is available at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/ioss/281700 .  Deadline to complete the survey is Sunday, October 11th.

iSchool Facilities

The iSchool offices exist in three different buildings spread across the U-District.

Mary Gates Hall is the home of the Dean’s Offices, Student Services, IT, as well as individual faculty offices. Continue reading