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How to Apply for Funding

To apply for funding, please browse the list of scholarships and fellowships below, identify the awards you are eligible for, and follow the instructions provided on the website for each specific award.

Questions? Contact the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at hbcls@uw.edu or (206) 543-7946. You may also visit the Bridges Center office on the UW Seattle campus in Smith Hall, room M266, located on the mezzanine level between the second and third floors.



Labor Studies Scholarships and Fellowships

The Bridges Center honors students annually with the following awards. For more information, including application instructions, click on the name of individual awards in the list below. 

The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 year will be announced in early Winter 2018.

Name Eligibility Amount

Gundlach Scholarship in Labor Studies

Undergraduate or graduate students


Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Scholarship

Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a labor-related career


Martha H. Duggan Fellowship in Caring Labor

Graduate students studying and/or providing caring labor


Martin and Anne Jugum Scholarship in Labor Studies

Undergraduate students


Samuel B. Bassett Scholarship in Labor Relations

Undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a labor-related career


Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes Scholarship in Labor Studies

First-year undergraduate students or graduate students of any year, who qualify for financial aid

$6,000 over two years


Best Paper Prize in Labor Studies

Each year, the Bridges Center recognizes the best undergraduate and graduate papers written on a labor-related topic with a prize of $500. The papers must have been written during the current academic year at one of the University of Washington campuses.

Papers may focus on any dimension of United States or international labor, including class relations, social conditions, working-class culture or politics, work and gender, work and race/ethnicity, unions, and comparative labor relations.

Students may submit their own papers, or faculty members may nominate outstanding papers they have read during the course of the year.

Deadline for applications for the 2016-2017 academic year: Monday, June 12, 2017 (Papers may be submitted any time before the deadline)

How to Submit Your Paper

Please submit:

  • Three hard copies of your paper, and
  • Your summer and fall contact information (email, mailing addresses, and phone number)

A committee comprised of faculty members associated with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies will judge the papers. The winners will be announced by early August and the prizes will be presented at the Bridges Center's annual awards celebration.

Send submissions to:

Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
University of Washington
Box 353530
Seattle, WA 98195-3530

Applications may also be hand delivered to the front desk of the Department of Political Science Office, located in Gowen Hall, room 101, on the UW Seattle campus.