Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Studies


Undergraduate Research Awards

For undergraduate students only.

This award is for students who want to pursue their own original research in connection with a research course such as: IAFF 3198 Independent Study and Research; IAFF 4191 Research Seminar; IAFF 4199 Senior Thesis, or an Elliott School Dean’s Scholars course. Applicants must be supervised by a faculty member. This award provides some funding towards travel for research or other research-related expenses. Students who have completed research and are presenting at a conference can also apply for conference travel-related expenses.

Undergraduate Research Award applicants must complete this online application

Deadline: Thursday December 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Undergraduate Research Assistant Awards

For undergraduate students only.

This award is for students who want to work with a full-time or part-time faculty member as an undergraduate research assistant. Awards range from $500 to $1000. Please check with faculty members to see if they are looking for an assistant

Faculty members must complete this application.

If you have questions or require more information email [email protected].

Deadline: Thursday December 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Undergraduate and Graduate

Student Support Award

For undergraduate and graduate students.

Elliott undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support for advancing the mission of the school and helping students attain their personal, academic, and career goals. Proposed activities include but are not limited to conference, language acquisition, research and unpaid internship support. Requests for tuition and fee assistance will not be considered.


  • Must be currently enrolled as a full or part-time student.
  • The proposed activity must already be confirmed and you must provide supporting documentation of your participation. (For example: offer letters for unpaid internship or conference proposal acceptances).
  • Average award amount $300-$500. However, award amounts may vary based on type of request, budget submitted, and volume of applications.
  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must disclose if they are receiving funding from other University and/or external sources.
  • If applying for virtual international internship, the Office of Graduate Student Services (GSS) requires additional documentation. Consult the office directly.
  • Students must adhere to the Travel, Entertainment, and Business Expense Reimbursement Policy.
  • Students must adhere to the Student Travel Grants & Reimbursements Guidance.
  • Elliott School Dean’s Scholars are encouraged to apply for funding through the Undergraduate Research Award.

Application Instructions 

The Student Support Award application is available now and the priority deadline is September 30, 2022. Your application must include:

  1. A narrative proposal addressing the following:
    1. purpose of the activity/request
    2. how the activity supports the student’s personal, academic and/or career goals.
  2. An itemized budget including any other supplemental funding the student is receiving and/or anticipating.


The review committee will review applications by the priority deadline. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible due to limited funding. Awarding will cease once funds are exhausted.


Questions about the application process? Contact Nicole A. Campbell at [email protected].

Apply for the Elliott School Student Support Award



Freeman Foundation Grant

For Graduate Students only.

GSS manages the Freeman Foundation Grant for internships in East or Southeast Asia. 

This grant awards up to $6,550 to a student completing an unpaid or low-paying internship in multiple countries.

Learn more about the Freeman Foundation Grant here or contact Graduate Student Services at [email protected]. Please be aware of the deadlines as posted on the GSS Partnerships, Fellowships, and Grants site

International Internship Grant

For Graduate Students only.

The Elliott School strongly encourages students to integrate their studies with practical international internship experiences. To help with this goal, GSS offers a limited number of competitive grants for Elliott School graduate students participating in unpaid or low-pay international internships. Currently enrolled Elliott School graduate students may seek an International Internship Grant via the online application

This grant awards up to $3,000 and is designed to help defray the costs of an international internship, not to fully fund the experience. Students are encouraged to research outside funding sources before submitting a grant proposal.

Learn more about the International Internship Grant here or contact Graduate Student Services at [email protected]. Please be aware of the deadlines as posted on the GSS Partnerships, Fellowships, and Grants site

Videtto Family Endowed Scholarship Fund

Graduate Students studying at Waseda University during the Spring or Fall Semester only.

This endowment fund was established in 2014 by Daniel and Mary Videtto. This fund provides an annual scholarship to a graduate student in the Elliott School of International Affairs who studies abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

Applicants must apply through GW Passport, and meet all eligible study abroad guidelines outlined here.

Contact Graduate Student Services at [email protected] for more information.