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.