Scholarships/Fellowships Opportunities for Undergraduate Students 2019

The Ichiro & Toyoko Matsudaira Memorial Award Fund covers all costs (exclusive of roundtrip airfare to orientation in Los Angeles) for a three week student-run program in Japan: the Japan-America Student Conference, or JASC, which will be held from Aug 1-23, 2019.  This $3,500 scholarshipis exclusively available to UW-Madison students.  Each summer, UW-Madison has had at least one delegate to this program, which recent participants have described as inspiring, intense and the source of life-long international friendships.  (The scholarship fund was set up by a UW alumni in honor of his JASC host family, to encourage UW-Madison students to continue to benefit from this transformational experience.)

JASC brings together 72 Japanese and U.S. students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The two groups study, work, live, and travel together, visiting regions of Japan around the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto.  The conference is conducted in English.  Besides networking and cultural activities, student delegates will join roundtables to discuss such topics as sustainability, mental health, US-Japan relations, human rights, and Nationalism/Globalism.  Delegates will also tour and learn together about each of their host cities.  JASC rotates each summer between host cities in Japan and the U.S. — last summer’s U.S.-based program started in Madison!

The scholarship is open to all UW-Madison graduate and undergraduate students, including seniors, as long as you are enrolled at the time of your application.

To apply for the scholarship, you will need to send a copy of your completed JASC application to the Center for East Asian Studies by emailing an electronic copy to Laurie Dennis, CEAS Assistant Director, at

Detailed information available here.

The online application is due December 31, 2018, and requires: 

  • A personal statement about what would make you an ideal delegate in terms of your passions, interests and background (300-500 words)
  • A statement of purpose explaining why you would like to be a delegate and your interest in the US-Japan relationship (300-500 words)
  • Your resume
  • A copy of your transcript
  • A $20 application fee, which may be refundable

Applicants can also send an optional recommendation letter. Please contact CEAS with any questions on this program.

Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowships are awarded to undergraduate students to develop and implement community-based research or service-learning projects that will meet a community identified need (local, national or international) under the supervision of a UW-Madison faculty or instructional academic staff member. Fellowships provide three (3) academic credits, a program implementation budget of up to $5,000 to an individual student and up to $7,000 for a group of up to five students.  If desired, students can designated a portion of their funds as a scholarship, to be administered through the Bursar’s Office. The application deadline for 2019-20 fellowships is February 8, 2019. The on-line application, instructions and FAQs can be found on the Morgridge Center for Public Service website.

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Scholarships provide support for collaborative research between undergraduate students and faculty or research/instructional academic staff members. The student researcher receives $3,000, and the faculty/staff receives $1,000 to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Scholarships require an environmental focus. The McPherson Eye Research Institute will continue to sponsor one additional Hilldale Fellowship for vision based research (including bioengineering, imaging, data visualization, ophthalmology and general biology of the eye). The application deadline is February 11, 2019. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria, and FAQs can be found at the UAA website.

Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2019, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the UAA website.

University Book Store Academic Excellence Awards provide $1,000 to undergraduate students who have distinguished themselves by completing outstanding projects, such as a senior thesis, at UW-Madison.  Students must be enrolled in a degree program during the 2018-19 academic year (December 2018 graduates may apply).  Applications are due March 18, 2019.  Directions for accessing the on-line application, eligibility and selection criteria can be found at the UAA website.