Student proposals for the Valle Program are accepted from October 20th through February 1st of the following year. Studies for this application period would commence some time during the calendar year of the February 1st due date.  

The Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program is requesting applications from (1) Nordic country graduate students (Nordic citizens and non-citizens) for scholarships to study at the University of Washington in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Master’s or Ph.D. programs, and (2) graduate student from the University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for scholarships to study in Nordic countries. 

Who Should Apply

At the University of Washington, Civil and Environmental Engineering includes the following engineering research areas: construction, energy, and sustainable infrastructure; environmental; geotechnical; hydrology & hydrodynamics; structural engineering and mechanics; and transportation. If you wish to pursue, or are already pursuing, an engineering degree at the graduate level then this is the application you should fill out.    

If at any time you have questions about how to fill out this application, please contact the Valle Program (valleprogram@uw.edu) for help and advice.

What does this Valle Student Exchange Scholarship Allow You to Do? 

For UW students applying to study in a Nordic country it allows study overseas from 3-9 months according to a program that you develop. This program can vary based on your desires, but could include working in a laboratory at a Nordic University or research company,/organization, research with non-profit groups, and, in some cases, internships. 

For Nordic students applying to study at the UW it allows study at the UW for 3-12 months as a full-time student at the University of Washington in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. What you study here should relate, in some way, to the department but the area of civil and environmental engineering you choose is up to you. It may be an ongoing project you have at your home institute, or it may be something new at the UW, including, of course, courses that you take.  

No matter who you are, there are MANY possibilities. We recommend you talk to us (the Valle Program) and find out about all the great possibilities and craft one that best fits your desires.  

Support Offered by this Valle Student Exchange Scholarship

This Valle Student Exchange scholarship provides financial, organizational, and logistical support to graduate students in civil and environmental engineering to travel either (1) from UW to a Nordic country institute/organization for study/research, or (2) from a Nordic country to the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for graduate study. Specifically, it pays for round-trip airfare for the student, and a monthly student stipend of $3,233. For those going from a Nordic country to UW it also pays UW tuition and fees (for those going the other way there is no tuition).  

Valle and UW COVID-19 Policy

The Valle Student Exchange program adheres to the policies and rules of the University of Washington's Study Abroad office. We also wish to honor all scholarships awarded even if the timing or location may be changed due to COVID-19 concerns. As of October 2022, there are no COVID-19 travel restrictions that would prevent a Valle exchange either to Nordic countries or to the UW. 

In the future, if UW, national or other travel restrictions, or personal concerns, prevent you from starting an awarded Valle exchange program on time, you may delay that award until such time when conditions allow you to begin your exchange program. However, you must be a registered full-time UW student during the entirety of your Valle exchange.

The Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program is requesting applications from (1) Nordic country graduate students (Nordic citizens and non-citizens) for scholarships to study at the University of Washington in the College of Built Environments Master’s or Ph.D. programs, and (2) graduate student from the University of Washington College of Built Environments for scholarships to study in Nordic countries. 

Who Should Apply

At the University of Washington the College of Built Environments includes the following graduate degree programs: architecture, landscape architecture, real estate, urban planning, and construction management. If your area of interest is one of these fields (or is similar to one of them) then this is the application you should fill out.  

If at any time you have questions about how to fill out this application, please contact the Valle Program (valleprogram@uw.edu) for help and advice. 

What does this Valle Student Exchange Scholarship Allow You to Do? 

For UW students applying to study in a Nordic country it allows study overseas for 3-6 months according to a program that you develop. This program can vary based on your desires, but could include working in a laboratory at a Nordic University or research company/organization, research with non-profit groups, and, in some cases, internships. 

For Nordic students applying to study at the UW it allows study at the UW for 3-9 months as a full-time student at the University of Washington in the College of Built Environments. What you study here should be related to one of the College's programs, but the area you choose is up to you. It may be an ongoing project you have at your home institute, or it may be something new at the UW, including, of course, courses that you take.  No matter who you are, there are MANY possibilities. We recommend you talk to us (the Valle Program) and find out about all the great possibilities and craft one that best fits your desires.  

Support Offered by this Valle Student Exchange Scholarship

This Valle Student Exchange scholarship provides financial, organizational, and logistical support to graduate students in the College of Built Environments degree programs (or equivalent for Nordic students) to travel either (1) from UW to a Nordic country institute/organization for study/research, or (2) from a Nordic country to the UW College of Built Environments for graduate study. Specifically, it pays for round-trip airfare for the student, and a monthly student stipend of $3,233. For those going from a Nordic country to UW it also pays UW tuition and fees (for those going the other way there is no tuition).  

Valle and UW COVID-19 Policy

The Valle Student Exchange program adheres to the policies and rules of the University of Washington's Study Abroad office. We also wish to honor all scholarships awarded even if the timing or location may be changed due to COVID-19 concerns. As of October 2022, there are no COVID-19 travel restrictions that would prevent a Valle exchange either to Nordic countries or to the UW.

In the future, if UW, national or other travel restrictions, or personal concerns, prevent you from starting an awarded Valle exchange program on time, you may delay that award until such time when conditions allow you to begin your exchange program. However, you must be a registered full-time UW student during the entirety of your Valle exchange.

The Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program is requesting proposals from the Civil and Environmental Engineering and College of Built Environments faculty at the University of Washington to facilitate interaction between UW faculty and Nordic University faculty or Nordic professional organizations. We anticipate awarding 3-6 proposals with more in the future should they prove successful. 

Interactions We Will Fund

The Valle Program will fund these types of interactions:

  • A UW professor and/or student(s) traveling to a Nordic country/countries to collaborate or establish collaboration on research, teaching, or a mutual project with at least one faculty or professional based in a Nordic country. This person does not need to be a citizen of a Nordic country. 
  • A Nordic country faculty or professional traveling to the UW to participate in a final Ph.D. exam as a Ph.D. committee member. We anticipate this traveling person to also give a lecture or presentation to the department or subgroup of the department focused on a topic of their expertise and choice. 


Why We Are Requesting These Proposals
The Valle Program’s mission is meaningful graduate student exchange experiences between UW and Nordic countries. We want proposals from faculty that seek to create long-term academic and/or professional relationships between UW and Nordic scholars and/or professionals that enable graduate student exchange. Specifically, we want to help create and foster these relationships because we think they lead to meaningful student exchange experiences over the long term and can have impacts beyond just the Valle Program. 


Who Should Apply
Faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. This is a new program so there are likely to be questions; we can be quite flexible as we craft this program, so please talk to us (Steve Muench and Bryan Crockett).


FUNDING


Funding supports faculty engagement/collaboration with Nordic universities and/or organizations. A funded proposal is expected to provide support for UW faculty engagement and/or collaboration with Nordic universities or professional organizations, to include faculty/staff travel in support of such engagement and/or collaboration. 


Funding is available up to $10,000 per award. Funding can go towards faculty/staff travel/lodging and student support. We do not fund faculty/staff salary, but are happy to support students in any way if they are part of the proposal. For example, you may propose to have a student accompany you on travel. We are happy to consider funding your travel, and your student's travel and their pay while participating in the project.    


One More Thing We Require
We require you to present the Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange program to whatever organization you or a student is visiting if it is not the UW. We will train you on award, and have a pre-made slide deck for your use. 

Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program