Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Website: Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Description

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.

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship program was created in 1995 through a gift from David Bonderman, who earned his undergraduate degree in Russian from the University of Washington in 1963. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he received a Sheldon Fellowship that allowed him to travel internationally, an experience that had a profound impact on his life. Now a successful investment adviser, Mr. Bonderman provides opportunities to current UW students for similarly transformative travel experiences through this fellowship program.

Up to eight graduate and eight undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded. Each Fellowship carries a $23,000 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.

Bonderman Fellowships enable students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new 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.

Because Bonderman Fellowships are intended to foster independence, Fellows may not participate in a program or organization, engage in formal study at a foreign university, conduct research or other academic projects, or travel with an organized group while carrying out the obligations of the fellowship. Bonderman Fellowships are intended to introduce students to cultures, peoples, and areas of the world with which they are not familiar. Preference will be given to candidates without extensive international travel experience.

 

Eligibility

All applicants must be enrolled (for graduate students “on leave” status is not considered enrolled) and in good standing at the UW during the quarter the application is due and must hold US citizenship or permanent resident status. Good standing in this regard refers not only to academic but also disciplinary and conduct standing. Additionally:

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

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All undergraduate students with senior credit standing AND who also meet ONE of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • at least a 3.50 cumulative UW GPA by the start of Winter 2020 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 2019. Undergraduates in one of these Honors programs DO NOT need to have 3.50 UW GPA or higher to apply, but simply must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

Bonderman Fellowships enable students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new ways. Because Bonderman Fellowships are intended to foster independence, Fellows may not:

  • participate in a program or organization;
  • engage in formal study at a foreign university;
  • conduct research or other academic projects; or
  • travel with an organized group while carrying out the obligations of the fellowship.

Additionally, these Fellowships are intended to introduce students to cultures, peoples, and areas of the world with which they are not familiar, therefore:

  • travel to highly westernized/developed areas (including Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) is not competitive;
  • family heritage trips are not competitive;
  • preference is given to candidates without extensive international travel experience.

 

Student Type
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
Procedure

More information about the fellowship, information sessions, and the application can be found at: bonderman.uw.edu

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application changes each cycle. Please carefully review this page of guidelines and the entire application in Catalyst before beginning your application and well in advance of the deadline. The application consists of several different components and we recommend that you carefully read all prompts and instructions before beginning the application.

Applications may only be submitted online via Catalyst. Do not email or drop off a paper application in person. No late applications will be accepted.

 

Contact Information

Brook Kelly

Assistant Director of Academic Services

University Honors Program

University of Washington, Seattle

bbkelly@uw.edu