This Labor Studies Fellowship was created in 2004 to honor the memory of Martha H. Duggan, who died on July 24, 2003. Marty provided essential support to her husband, Robert Duggan, as he pursued his law degree. This fellowship acknowledges that Bob Duggan's life work would have been impossible without the caring labor of his life partner. Marty and Bob were both staunch supporters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and associates of the great ILWU leader, Harry Bridges. After Harry’s death in 1990, they became founding supporters of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies.

The fellowship winner must demonstrate high academic achievement and be enrolled at the UW for the upcoming Autumn Quarter. The fellowship has a value of $10,000 to be applied to tuition costs or provide support for living expenses, books, fees, and other educational expenses. Duggan fellows will consult with the Coordinator of the Bridges Center regarding the allocation of funds. The fellowship must be used within two years of receiving the award and while the student is still active at the University of Washington.

The Duggan fellow will be asked to assist the Bridges Chair in maintaining the focus on caring labor as a visible and ongoing part of the Center’s program. This might involve the identification and invitation of an important speaker in this field, or it may involve developing an activity (such as a conference or workshop) where scholars, practitioners, and/or activists who are concerned with caring labor can meet and exchange ideas. Additional funds may be available from the Bridges Center to be used by the Duggan fellow in these pursuits.


Deadline to Apply for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Monday, April 12, 2021


Who Should Apply

The fellowship shall be awarded to any graduate student at any of the three University of Washington campuses (Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma) who has demonstrated academic merit. Preference for the award shall be given to graduate students committed to researching or serving those who provided caring labor, or who themselves have provided caring labor or assisted partners or other family members in gaining advanced education. The fellowship may be awarded to a student in any field as long as her or his work has a focus on labor.

If you have applied to the University of Washington but have not yet received notice from the Admissions Office, you are eligible for the scholarship. However, the award will be contingent on your admittance to the UW.


How to Apply

To apply, a student should prepare the following materials:

  1. Essay responses. Please prepare written answers to the following questions. We recommend compiling answers into a separate document before entering them into the on-line application. This will ensure your responses are saved on multiple platforms, as answers entered in the on-line application are not saved until they are submitted.

    • Tell us about any social justice, labor, or diversity issues that have impacted you personally. How have you worked to address these issues? Please limit your response to 400 words or less.

    • Describe aspects of your background/identity that exemplify your commitment to social justice, labor, and diversity (Your response may draw upon your answer to the question above). Discuss any personal obstacles or disadvantages you have encountered. If relevant, highlight issues related to waterfront industries or organized labor. Please limit your response to 400 words or less.

    • How will funding from the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies support the goals you have for your education at the University of Washington? How do you plan to engage with the labor movement during your studies here? How will funding prepare you for what you want to accomplish upon completion of your degree? Again, if relevant, highlight issues relevant to waterfront industries or organized labor. Please limit your response to 400 words or less.

    • Include a written response detailing your involvement and commitment to caring labor. Please limit your statement to 800 words or less.

  2. A brief letter of support from a teacher or community member.

  3. A highschool or college transcript (which ever is most recent). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

  4. Up to date contact information, including e-mail, mailing addresses, and phone number.

  5. Optional: Additional documents demonstrating your commitment to labor or Labor Studies, such as a resume or curriculum vitae, may also be submitted.


How to Submit Your Application

The online application for all Labor Studies scholarships and fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year opens in Winter Quarter. A link to the on-line application portal will be posted on the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies website. By submitting the on-line application, you will be considered for all Labor Studies awards you qualify for. Applications are due April 12, 2021.

Questions about the application or scholarship terms? Call (206) 543-7946 or e-mail


Previous Fellowship Recipients

2020: Yingyi Wang & Yuanjin Zhou

2019: Caitlin Alcorn

2018: Maria Blancas

2017: Jamie Wong

2016: Jiwoon Yu-Lee

2015: Stephanie Cruz

2014: Rod Palmquist

2013: Annie Menzel