November 5, 2020

Where would you go if you had eight months to travel solo? Which two continents and six countries would you visit? What experiences would you seek out? How would you be transformed?

Each year a handful of lucky University of Washington students get to make those decisions as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime with the support of a Bonderman Fellowship. The 2021 application is open and you may be eligible to apply for this $23,000 fellowship that supports independent exploration and travel abroad.

Bonderman Fellows 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 fellows focus on exploration and discovery, learning about the world and themselves in it.  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.

Applications are due by 12:00 pm (noon) January 11, 2021. More information, including info session details and the application, can be found at – please review the eligibility requirements below to see if you may apply.

More information and the application can be found at – please review the eligibility requirements below to see if you may apply.

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 (Winter 2021) 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 2021; 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 2021. Undergraduates in one of these honors programs DO NOT need to have a 3.50 UW GPA or higher to apply, but must be in good standing in their respective programs, whatever that might mean.

To learn more about this extraordinary opportunity, please review the Applying and FAQ sections of the website.

Best regards,
The University Honors Program & the Graduate School

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship

University of Washington