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Scholarships and Financial Support

Students can find a number of financial aid opportunities through the Student Financial Aid Office. With the Husky Promise, the UW guarantees to cover the full cost of tuition and standard fees for qualified students who otherwise could not afford to attend.

Information about teaching assistantships, fellowships, and other funding opportunities for graduate students is available at our Graduate Student Financial Support page.

UW Scholarships and Prizes for Slavic Department Students

See our Prizes page for information about past recipients of these awards.

Slavic Excellence Prizes

These prizes are awarded for the best paper written by an undergraduate student and the best paper written by a graduate student. They include a prize of $250, to be applied to your tuition. If you wrote a paper within the past year (SPR 2018-WIN 2019) for a Slavic Department course for which you received a grade of 3.9 or better, you are encouraged to apply for this prize, which will be awarded during the Slavic Department’s Convocation Ceremony on June 14, 2019.  Submissions to must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 12, 2019 and should include a copy of your paper together with a cover sheet with your name, address, email, instructor’s name and the title of the course for which you wrote the paper.

Outstanding Students and Best Language Students

The Outstanding Undergraduate Student and Outstanding Graduate Student prizes are awarded for academic excellence and service to the department.  They include awards of $150 and $200, respectively.  There are also awards for the best student in several language areas, including Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, and Slovene.  These awards include small monetary prizes or other gifts.  There is no application process for Outstanding Student or Best Language Student awards.  They are selected by faculty familiar with students in the department..

Ellison Center Fellowships and Funding:  Including FLAS Fellowships and Vladimir Gross Undergraduate Scholarship

Contact: Philip Lyon, Associate Director, Ellison Center (REECAS)

There are a number of great funding opportunities including fellowships and scholarships for both Graduate and Undergraduate students.  

Details here


UW Polish Studies Scholarship

Contact: Chris Dawson-Ripley, Slavic Department Administrator, (206) 543-6848

The UW Polish Studies Scholarship is awarded to UW students interested in studying in Poland between June 2019 and May 2020. Scholarships are offered by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee and are made possible through the generosity of supporters and friends of UW Polish Studies.

Priority will be given to students traveling to Poland to study the Polish language, but support may be also provided to students who would like to pursue other aspects of Polish studies.

Awards of up to $1500 will be offered toward airfare, lodging and/or tuition for students enrolled in an accredited program in Poland.

To apply, submit the following required materials:

  1. A 2-page essay, in which you explain your intended academic plans and how these funds will assist you. Essay must be double-spaced, 12-point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman), with 1-inch margins on all sides;
  2. A budget outlining your expenses;
  3. One faculty letter of support;
  4. An unofficial copy of your transcript.

Applications are due on the last Friday in March by 5pm. Results will be announced each year by April 15th.

Please send application materials to:

Chris Dawson-Ripley
Slavic Department, Box 354335
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3580

Vadim Pahn Scholarship

Contact:  Chris Dawson-Ripley, Slavic Department Administrator, (206) 543-6848

Studying Russian this summer at the UW? You may wish to apply for the Vadim Pahn Scholarship, which provides a $1500 scholarship for the recipient. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and promote knowledge of the Russian language and culture and to increase understanding of the Russian people and Russia. Eligible recipients include undergraduates who have been or are currently enrolled in the University of Washington Russian language program, and who plan to enroll in RUSS 250 during Summer quarter. Please note: this scholarship does not provide funding for students enrolling in RUSS 150.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 15th.

To apply, submit the following required materials:

  1. A one-page letter that includes a statement explaining why you are studying Russian
  2. A letter of recommendation from one of your Russian language instructors
  3. A copy of your latest academic transcript

Please send application materials to:

Vadim Pahn Scholarship Committee
Slavic Department, Box 354335
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3580

External Funding

There are many organizations who provide funding for students in Slavic and related fields.  Simply search for "Polish scholarships," "Russian scholarships," and so on in your favorite search engine.

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