The Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowships in Arts & Sciences

The Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowships in Arts & Sciences have been created to enhance the recruitment of and to recognize some of our most outstanding incoming graduate students. This program will support incoming PhD and MFA students with the promise of exceptional academic distinction; with a demonstrated interest to advance the public good; and who will contribute to the diversity and intellectual vitality of our university community.

The primary intent of the program is to support the recruitment of outstanding candidates and help departments make a compelling offer to their best applicants. Efforts will be coordinated with the Olin-Chancellor’s fellowship program so that we can increase the number of excellent students benefiting from fellowship opportunities. The hope is also that the program will nourish community among and across cohorts of Fellows through:

  • professional development opportunities,
  • community-building programs, and
  • synergistic connections with Fellows from other university programs.

Fellows will receive a merit stipend supplement in addition to their Arts & Sciences Fellowship or Research Assistantship for each year of funding support the student receives at Washington University. Moreover, there will be an annual summer supplement (currently 1,500) to support professional development or research activities. There will also be special Arts & Sciences programming and activities for this select group of Fellows. 

Program Guidelines

Departments and programs in Arts & Sciences can nominate up to two applicants who are recommended for admission to be considered for the Fellowship program. Nominations should be submitted by a member of the Graduate Admissions Committee.

The student should represent excellence – such as one of the “best seen” in the past 5 years. We ask that units help us in this evaluation by sending us only truly exceptional candidates: units may decide to nominate only one candidate (or even none) in a given year.

We know that many more people are nominated for Olin-Chancellor’s Fellowship than there are slots available. Therefore, if the unit’s top choice or choices are eligible for one or both, fellowships, they should still be nominated for the Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship.