2024 Bonderman Travel Fellowship Competition for graduate students- application opening Nov 20th

Where would you go if you had eight months to travel solo? Which two regions and six to nine 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 2023-24 application is opening on Monday, November 20 and you may be eligible to apply for this $26,000 fellowship that supports independent exploration and travel abroad.

Bonderman Fellows undertake international travel on their own for eight months, to six to nine 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 $26,000 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 p.m. (noon) on Monday, January 16, 2024

View the schedule and register for an information session >

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


In 2023-24, the Bonderman Fellowship will offer University of Washington graduate and professional students from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses an opportunity to engage in independent international travel. Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a University of Washington graduate or professional degree program the quarter the application is due (Winter Quarter 2024). On leave status is not considered “enrolled”. Professional students include those in Law (JD), Medicine (MD), Dentistry (DDS), and Pharmacy (PharmD) degree programs.
  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be in good academic, conduct and disciplinary standing during the quarter the application is due (Winter Quarter 2024).
  • If awarded, good academic, disciplinary and conduct standing is a prerequisite of receiving the fellowship.

Please note: Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply this year. Please see our website FAQs for more information on this decision.

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

By Lily Burnstein (She/Her)
Lily Burnstein (She/Her) Career Coach