Each year since 1995 a small group of University of Washington students have been provided a rare opportunity to independently travel the world as Bonderman Fellows. David Bonderman, a UW alumnus, created the Bonderman Fellowship at UW, which has funded life-changing global journeys for more than 300 UW students, allowing them to engage deeply with peoples and communities across the world.

Fellows traveling during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic were called home, putting their fellowships on hold just as the 2020 cohort was selected. Since the spring of 2020 the Bonderman Fellowship has worked with these returned and new fellows, as well as 2019 fellows who had not yet begun their travels, and optimistically recruited and selected a 2021 cohort. We plan to send all waiting fellows abroad as soon as it is feasible.

We remain committed to ensuring that our (patiently) waiting fellows have the fullest possible Bonderman experience once they are able to begin their fellowship travels. In order to provide the necessary support to the waiting 2019, 2020, and 2021 cohorts, the Bonderman Fellowship has made the difficult decision not to select new fellows in the 2021-22 academic year. This selection hiatus will allow us to focus on supporting the waiting fellows both now and when they are able to travel.

We plan to launch a new selection cycle as soon as circumstances allow, with a hope to do so in winter of 2023. Please continue to check bonderman.uw.edu for updates, both on the resumption of Bonderman Fellow travel and the next selection cycle. Thank you for your support of the program and the fellows. For more information, see the COVID-19 section of the FAQ.

280 Fellows Funded

60 countries explored by 2019 fellows

8 months of funded exploration