Bonderman Fellowships: $20K to travel going once, going twice…

I’m writing to request your help in reminding students about the upcoming Bonderman Fellowship application deadline. We would greatly appreciate your help in notifying both graduate and undergraduate students that that applications for the 2014 Bonderman Travel Fellowship are due in less than a week, on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12 noon (PST)!

Please also note that the eligibility requirements for undergraduate students have been revised for 2014 and all eligibility criteria are listed below:

The Bonderman Travel Fellowships offer University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. All applicants must be enrolled and in good standing during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status.

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

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.8 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2014; 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 2014. Undergraduates in one of these Honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.8 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

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 seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2014. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 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.

The application deadline is Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12 noon (PST).

Information about the fellowship and the application can be found at:

The University Honors Program and the Graduate School

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