We encourage prospective and current students to explore the wide range of scholarship opportunities to help pay for your social work education. A number of fellowships and other types of grants are available to students through the generous contributions of donors to the School and through University-wide programs.


There will be a separate departmental application for funding awarded to incoming admitted and continuing students. This information will be used to guide us in determining a match for potential sources of funding at the School (e.g. fellowships/scholarships); fellowships and scholarships will be used to help support the School’s recruitment efforts to ensure diversity within the School.  Please complete the FAFSA (or equivalent such as WASFA) as soon as possible; this is a requirement for consideration as financial need is often a determining factor for many awards.  Should you be selected for an award you will be notified by the Scholarship Committee by email.  Please explore the UW Office of Student Financial Aid  for additional options for funding your education.

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards helps University of Washington undergraduates develop the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships appropriate to their goals. They provide information and resources to increase student awareness of the scholarship search and application process. They mentor students through an intense process by offering resources, advising, and individual feedback as well as collaborating with faculty and staff to identify and support potential student scholars. For more information, please visit their website.

Funding to support undergraduate research is available through opportunities managed by the Undergraduate Research Program, other UW programs and organizations beyond campus. The funding may take a variety of forms, such as:

  • Fellowships, scholarships and awards that provide assistance with tuition and fees
  • Direct grants for research materials
  • Other awards that provide assistance for specific activities like travel to a research site or travel to professional conferences

Students interested in learning more about undergraduate research-related funding opportunities are encouraged to meet with a URP adviser.