Graduate Funding Information Service

November 6, 2019

UW Alfonso Carlos Peña Graduate Fellowship

Application Deadline: December 2, 2019, 11:59pm PST

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), in partnership with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D), is excited to announce the creation of the Alfonso Carlos Peña Graduate Fellowship! The Peña Graduate Fellowship was established to provide support to graduate students engaged in research and/or activities related to wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House). Awardees must have financial need and an interest in and a commitment to addressing social and environmental issues impacting American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or other indigenous communities.

Award Details

The Peña Graduate Fellowship is one year/three quarter award with an annual stipend of $20,000, tuition and fees, and GAIP coverage*. Departments must provide a match of comparable funding for the second year of graduate studies. The matching funds cannot come from other Graduate School funding resources. Graduate students awarded the Peña Graduate Fellowship cannot be assigned formal departmental TA/RA responsibilities for the first year of the award.

*For this academic year, funding will be awarded Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters. Beginning the 2020-2021 academic year, calls for nominations will be sent Spring 2020 and funding will be awarded Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters.

Eligibility

  • Admitted and enrolled full-time master’s or doctoral program starting Autumn 2019 (10+ credits per quarter)
  • Demonstrated financial need (FAFSA, WASFA, or equivalent)
  • US citizen, DACAmented, undocumented, or hold permanent resident status
  • Tribal enrollment verification or proof of lineage for American Indian and Alaska Native students
  • Students are ineligible if they hold an F1 or J1 visa or will be enrolled in a foreign study, study abroad, or international program or exchange
  • Students in fee-based programs are only eligible for the $20,000 stipend and GAIP coverage

Nomination Process

Nominations must be made by the department in the MyGrad awards management system. Please login to nominate a student and submit the following:

  • Letter of nomination from Department Chair or GPC describing how the graduate student meets the eligibility for the Peña Graduate Fellowship, the department’s plan for the second year of funding, and how the department will provide support (outside of funding) to the student throughout their graduate studies at the University of Washington.
  • Statement from student addressing their interest in and a commitment to addressing social and environmental issues impacting American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or other indigenous communities.

Award notifications: Thursday, December 12th, 2019

For questions, please contact Willa Kurland at 206.543.9016 or willamei@uw.edu