CHID Study Abroad/Away Scholarships

Through CHID Study Abroad/Away Scholarships, the CHID Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad/away and support those who could not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. Please review the award opportunities for CHID-sponsored study abroad/away programs below.

NOTE: This webpage lists and describes CHID Study Abroad/Away Scholarships only. Be sure to check the box in your study abroad application to indicate that you would like to be considered for a UW Study Abroad scholarship. There is no separate application, and priority is given to WA residents whose FAFSAs or WAFSAs demonstrate financial need. Other scholarship and grant opportunities are located on the UW Study Abroad Scholarships page, and Kiana Parker (, the UW Global Opportunities Adviser, specializes in helping students find other resources. Students participating in CHID-sponsored study abroad programs have also been successful in applying for the Gilman International Scholarship and for Opportunity Grants through the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies. 


Only CHID majors and minors are eligible for the Emerging Scholars Awards and CHID MacRae Study Abroad Scholarships.

All currently-enrolled University of Washington undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the Colin Wang Memorial Scholarship.

Students do not need to be accepted to/confirmed for a CHID study abroad/away program to be considered for a scholarship. Due to the limited availability of funds, students are eligible to receive one CHID Study Abroad/Away Scholarship or award per academic year. 

Recipients of CHID Study Abroad/Away Scholarships must complete the following steps in order to receive their awards:

  1. Participate in a CHID-sponsored study abroad/away program.
  2. Maintain full-time academic standing during the study abroad program: 12 credits per quarter, 6 credits for Summer A- or B-Term, 5 credits during Early Fall.
    1. If you withdraw from the program or do not maintain full-time standing, all scholarship funds must be returned to the University of Washington.
  3. Upon your return, submit a short summary of your experiences abroad. We will feature these as news stories on the CHID website. More details will be provided to awardees.

See information under each scholarship/award for additional eligibility details.

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Emerging Scholars Award and MacRae Study Abroad Scholarship are due once each quarter by midnight on the following dates:

  • Spring 2018:   April 21 (for 2018 SUM, Early Fall, and AUT programs)
  • Autumn 2018: October 21 (for all 2019 study abroad programs)
  • Winter 2019:   February 1 (for 2019 SPR and later programs)

Colin Wang Memorial Scholarships are awarded once each year, with applications due by midnight on February 1.

Funds Disbursement & Conditions

Scholarship funds will be disbursed at the same time that Federal Financial Aid is disbursed for the quarter in which the study abroad/away program takes place. If a student is offered an award/scholarship but does not accept or chooses not to participate in a CHID study abroad/away program, funds will not be disbursed and will instead be provided to a different applicant.

Scholarships/Awards for CHID Majors/Minors Only

Emerging Scholars Award

The Emerging Scholars Award offers $500 to $1,000 to CHID majors or minors who study abroad/away on CHID-sponsored programs. This award is intended to support CHID majors/minors who have had limited opportunities to study away from the University of Washington and who show exceptional promise as scholars. Two to three awards will be distributed each academic year.

How to Apply

By the quarterly deadline listed above, email the following materials as a single PDF to Suzanne St Peter (

  1. Your name, student ID number, and email address.
  2. The name of the CHID study abroad/away program to which you are applying.
  3. The name and email of a faculty reference (either the program director of your CHID-sponsored program or a faculty member you have worked with previously).
  4. A short personal statement (2-3 pages) addressing the following topics/questions:
    1. Whether or not you have had the opportunity to study abroad/away previously. If so, how do you hope to develop that experience on another program, and if not, why do you want to study abroad/away?
    2. Some of the academic and/or personal challenges you have faced, as well as accomplishments that have prepared you to study abroad/away.
    3. What new experiences you think studying away/abroad would enable for you.
  5. A current unofficial transcript.

CHID MacRae Study Abroad Scholarship

The MacRae Study Abroad Scholarship provides $400 merit-based scholarships to CHID majors or minors for participation in a CHID-sponsored study abroad program. 

How to Apply

  1. Your name, student ID number, and email address.
  2. The name of the CHID study abroad program to which you are applying.
  3. Answers to the following questions:
    1. Aside from satisfying the Encounters Across Cultures requirement for the CHID major, how will the classes and/or activities on this program help you to pursue an academic project, requirement, or personal educational goal?
    2. How do you imagine this study abroad experience will challenge you?
  4. A current unofficial transcript.

Scholarship for UW Undergraduates

Colin Wang Memorial Scholarship

The Colin Wang Memorial Scholarship offers one annual award of $1,000 for a University of Washington undergraduate student who studies abroad on a CHID-sponsored program. This scholarship is funded by the family of Colin Wang and the CHID Program. Colin participated in the Netherlands and Romania UW study abroad programs during the summer of 2014. As a Sociology major, Colin’s course of study considered the multiple ways that cultures become racialized, but he approached this work in a unique way. As an aspiring comedian, Colin believed that humor was the key to drawing people together. His work abroad utilized humor as an effective tool for shedding light on problems of race and racial identity in society.

How to Apply

By midnight, February 1, email the following materials as a single PDF to Suzanne St Peter (

  1. Your name, student ID number, and email address.
  2. The name(s) of the CHID study abroad program(s) to which you have applied or are considering applying.
  3. An original limerick (5-line humorous poem with rhyme scheme AABBA).
  4. A short paragraph (100-250 words) that explains how your limerick relates to your travel plans.
  5. A current unofficial transcript.

Study Abroad/Away Scholarship Questions?

Contact Suzanne St Peter, CHID Administrator / Padelford B-102C / Box 354300