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Fellowships and Awards

The Office of Graduate Studies offers fellowships and award programs for stellar graduate students and top prospective students. 

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.

The Dean's Awards for Teaching Excellence recognizes graduate students who have made significant teaching contributions in the instruction of Washington University students. Annually, several awards will be made across the disciplines and at a range of course levels; each recipient will receive a $1,500 prize, a certificate, and recognition in their graduation program. Each department or program may nominate up to two assistants in instruction or those engaged in a Mentored Teaching Experience. 

The Dean's Award for Graduate Research Excellence, which is given annually, will help distinguish exemplary accomplishments of graduate students and research profiles of the Arts & Sciences' graduate programs. Examples may include first-authoring a publication in a top-ranked journal, leading a research or creative practice initiative that yields new possibilities for the student’s field, or leading innovative convergent research with colleagues across fields. Each department or program can underscore what constitutes excellence in research, scholarship, or creative practice. Semifinalists receive a $500 award, and finalists receive a $1,500 award in addition to a certificate of recognition.


Arts & Sciences launches Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship program

Arts & Sciences launches Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship program

The university offers additional fellowships, awards and support for graduate work through the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. 

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