African Studies Program

Ottenberg-Winans Fund

The Ottenberg-Winans Fellowship fund was established to honor the contributions of Professors Simon Ottenberg and Edgar V. Winans to the African Studies Program at the University of Washington as well as to recognize their contributions of the field of African Studies. During their distinguished careers, Professors Ottenberg and Winans taught and mentored numerous students and made important contributions to scholarship on Africa. The fellowship honors these contributions by supporting University of Washington undergraduate and graduate student research in Africa and by supporting students from universities in Africa who attend University of Washington as part of various exchange programs.

Eligible students may be enrolled in any undergraduate, graduate or professional school at the University of Washington. For UW students traveling to Africa, the fellowship can be used to support travel and related expenses, living expenses, and research materials. For students from African universities visiting or studying at UW, fellowship funds can be used to support these types of expenses as well as course materials or other expenses related to attending the University of Washington.Each year we grant multiple fellowships for amounts up to $750.

The fund is administered by the African Studies Program and housed in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Fellowship applications for 2014 are now open! Click here to apply!

Questions about the fellowship or the application process should be directed to:


2013 Fellowship Recipients
African Studies warmly congratulates the 2013 Ottenberg-Winans recipients.

The 2013 fellowship recipients are:

Daniel E Coslett

Daniel Low

Jade Graddy

Vijay Narayan

Questions about the fellowship or the application process should be directed to:

To make a contribution to the Ottenberg-Winans fund, please click here.


Study Swahili NEXT YEAR with FLAS scholarship: The applications are now open!

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship application is now open!

UW students from all departments may apply at:

FLAS Fellowships provide:
Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend
Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

The FLAS Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. FLAS Fellowships support study of the following languages and their world regions:

Languages including: Arabic, French & Swahili

FLAS Information Sessions, covering FLAS benefits and requirements, the application process, and the use of FLAS awards abroad, will be held at the following dates and

* Study Abroad Fair, Wed, Oct 23, 10-2, Mary Gates Hall, FLAS Session 10:30-11 MGH 258
* Thomson 317: T Oct 29, 3:30-4:30/ Wed Nov 6, 2:30-3:30/ T Nov 26, 2:30-3:30
* Denny 213: Wed Nov 13, 3:30-4:30
* UW Bothell 1-103, Nov 14, 3:30-5
* Parrington 313: Wed Dec 4, 2:30-3:30

Applications due January 15, 2014. Questions: email

Boren Awards for International Study: African Languages Initiative

The African Languages Initiative (AFLI) offers Boren Scholarship applicants the opportunity to study African languages and cultures by participating in domestic and overseas language programs in one of the below languages. Although domestic funding is not available as part of the Boren Scholarship, supplemental funding is available for undergraduate students participating in this initiative to study at the University of Florida, Gainesville during summer 2014.

Please click here for all languages 

Click here for Swahili 

Click here for Akan/Twi, French, Hausa, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba & Zulu

Click here for French

Click here for Portuguese

 Bonderman Travel Fellowship

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available for the 2014 cycle. This extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge is made possible by the generous donation of Mr. David Bonderman. The criteria for application eligibility is outlined below.

Please note that the eligibility requirements for undergraduate students have been revised for 2014. We are instituting these changes on a trial basis and will review and make changes as needed annually in response to the donor’s recommendations.

University of Washington students in the following categories are eligible:

  • graduate or professional degree program students;
  • Undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) with senior credit standing and a degree application on file, who also meet one of the following criteria:
  • 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.
  • Additionally, applicants must be enrolled and in good standing during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent residence status.

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.

To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity, please attend one of the following sessions.

Information Sessions

Wednesday December 11, 2014, 9:30 a.m., webinar
To register go to:

Monday December 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m., webinar
To register go to:

Friday, January 10, 2014, 2:30 p.m., room to be announced

Question and Answer sessions

Tuesday, January 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m., room to be announced

Weekly online question and answer sessions: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

January 21:

January 28:

February 4:

February 11:

February 18:

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

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

If you do not have the chance to attend one of the information sessions and you have questions about this award, please review the Bonderman Fellowship FAQ and watch the Webinar recordings (to be posted after December 11, 2013). If you still have questions you may contact us at


For other student funding and scholarship opportunities please click here


African Studies Program
University of Washington
419 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Ben Gardner / Chair
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

Muge Salmaner / Program Assistant
Winter Quarter Office Hours: Monday 10:00am-12:00 pm, Wednesday 12:00 pm-2:00pm. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please e-mail Thank you.
206.616.0998 office
206.685.0668 fax

Harry Murphy
ASP Librarian