Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the GO! Scholarship?
GO! Scholarship applicants must meet these criteria:
  1. UW undergraduate student
  2. Washington state resident
  3. Eligible for Husky Promise or Pell Grants
Who is eligible for the Fritz Scholarship?
Fritz Scholarship applicants must meet these criteria:
  1. UW undergraduate student
  2. Humanities or social science major at the time of application
  3. 3.0 cumulative GPA

For more information on the Fritz Graduate Grant for International Study and other funding for graduate students, please see the Office of Fellowships and Awards in the Graduate School.

Please note: To be considered for the Fritz Scholarship, the eligible major must be listed on your transcript at the time of application. If it is not, your application will not be reviewed.

Are there any other requirements of GO! and Fritz recipients?
Students nominated to receive a GO! or Fritz Scholarship must complete the following steps in order to be eligible to receive their award:
  1. Participate in the study abroad program listed on the scholarship application.
  2. Concurrently enroll through IP&E (on or before the deadline) for the quarter(s) that you will be studying abroad.
  3. Upon return, assist in the promotion of the Global Opportunities program. More details provided to nominees.
Which majors are considered Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Washington?

UW Seattle — From the Arts & Sciences website:

Humanities
  • Asian Languages & Literature
  • Classics
  • Comparative History of Ideas
  • Comparative Literature
  • English
  • French & Italian Studies
  • Germanics
  • Linguistics
  • Near Eastern Languages & Civilization
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Social Sciences
  • American Ethnic Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Jackson School of International Studies
  • Law, Societies & Justice
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
UW Bothell
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    Eligible Concentrations:
    • American Studies
    • Community Psychology
    • Culture, Literature and the Arts
    • Global Studies
    • Interdisciplinary Arts *
    • Individualized Study *
    • Media and Communications Studies
    • Society, Ethics and Human Behavior
UW Tacoma
  • Global Honors
  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
    Eligible Concentrations:
    • American Studies
    • Arts, Media and Culture
    • Communication
    • Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies
    • General Studies *
    • Global Studies
    • Individually Designed *
    • Political Economy
    • Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
    • Politics and Values
    • Self and Society
  • Urban Studies
* Fritz eligibility for students in these concentrations will be decided on a case by case basis. Please contact a Global Opportunities Adviser if you are enrolled in one of these concentrations.
If I’m eligible for the GO! and the Fritz, can I apply for both scholarships?
Yes. If you are eligible for both scholarships, you may apply for both. However, you can only be awarded one of the scholarships.
When will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?
Notification of scholarship recipients is dependent on several factors, including reviewer scoring and financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. We anticipate notifying scholarship recipients of their awards during the last week of the quarter in which the application deadline falls.
What are the scholarship award amounts?
GO! and Fritz Scholarship awards range between $2,000 and $5,000. Most GO! and Fritz scholars receive awards between $2,000 and $3,000.
How competitive are the GO! and Fritz Scholarships?
The GO! and Fritz scholarships are competitive, and submission of an essay is not a guarantee of an award. Although the scholarships are competitive, there are several things you can do to strengthen your application.

Tips for creating a strong application

  1. Make your essay as personal as possible. Although it is useful to include information about the place where you plan to study abroad, your essay should focus on you – your challenges and achievements, academic ambitions, and goals for study abroad.
  2. Get help with your essay. There are several locations on campus where you can get assistance writing and editing your application essay. Advisers and tutors are available through the Instructional Center the Gateway Center, and the Writing and Research Center in Odegaard Library. The Global Opportunities Advisers are also available to provide essay feedback.
  3. The Global Opportunities Advisers are also available to provide essay feedback. Feel free to bring a draft of your essay to a drop-in advising appointment.
What are the GO! and Fritz Scholarship essay questions?
Fritz Scholarship

Essay question:

Please begin with a brief description of the program. Then, for the bulk of your essay, please respond to the following prompt:

Why have you chosen this particular study abroad program? Explain how the program will enhance your learning, and how it relates to your academic studies, career goals, and/or personal interests. Discuss your personal motivation for pursuing study abroad, describe what you have done to prepare for the experience, and reflect on how it will impact your world view.

Your response should be 800 words or less.

GO! Scholarship

Essay question #1:

Please begin with a brief description of the program. Then, for the bulk of your essay, please respond to the following prompt:

Why have you chosen this particular study abroad program? Explain how the program will enhance your learning, and how it relates to your academic studies, career goals, and/or personal interests. Discuss your personal motivation for pursuing study abroad, describe what you have done to prepare for the experience, and reflect on how it will impact your world view.

Your response should be 800 words or less.

Essay question #2:

If applicable, please use this space to describe any circumstances or issues which demonstrate special personal or financial need for a scholarship. Answering this question is not required, but we encourage applicants to provide a response with more information about themselves and/or their motivation for studying abroad.

Your response should be 300 words or less.

Who will be reviewing my application?
Your application will be reviewed by three members of the Global Opportunities Scholarship Review Committee. Our committee is made up of a diverse group of faculty and staff from departments across the UW campuses. Many of our committee members have reviewed applications for multiple quarters, and all members have an interest in promoting international learning opportunities for UW students.
How can the Global Opportunities Advisers help me?
Global Opportunities Advisers are available to answer any questions you may have about the application process, offer feedback on application essays, and assist with planning for your study abroad experience. Global Opportunities Advisers offer drop-in hours in The Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (171 Mary Gates Hall) and at International Programs & Exchanges (459 Schmitz Hall):

Wednesday: 3pm - 4pm (Sara Stubbs - MGH171)

Wednesday: 10am - 11pm (Sara Stubbs - MGH171)

Thursday: 2pm - 4pm (Eric Baldwin - 459 Schmitz)

You’re also welcome to set up an individual advising appointment with a Global Opportunities Adviser - just email goglobal@uw.edu to set up a time to meet.

If I’m chosen, when will I actually get my scholarship?
Scholarships will be disbursed at the beginning of the quarter in which you will study abroad. It’s important to budget accordingly. Please be aware that if you receive a scholarship you will probably still need to cover some expenses (such as airfare) out of pocket before the scholarship is disbursed.
I applied for a GO! and/or Fritz Scholarship before but was not selected for an award. What can I do to strengthen my application?
If you are reapplying for the GO! or Fritz after an unsuccessful attempt, we highly encourage you to get feedback on your application. Global Opportunities Advisers can provide feedback on your previous application and talk with you about ways to improve your essay. For more information, or to set up a feedback appointment, please contact one of the Global Opportunities Advisers by emailing goglobal@uw.edu. This feedback can be useful to you as you re-apply for our scholarship, apply for other scholarships, and prepare for future academic and professional endeavors.
I received a GO!/Fritz Scholarship for a previous study abroad. Can I apply again?
Students may not receive either scholarship more than once. However, if you have previously received the GO!, you may apply for the Fritz, and if you have previously received the Fritz, you may apply for the GO!.