Admission for Academic Year 2019-2020

Selection Criteria:

  • Students must have earned or be in the process of earning an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. Applicants must apply for a degree program in which they are not currently enrolled.
  • Students will be selected for the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship, who, in light of all pertinent academic qualifications, experiences and attributes, would contribute to the diversity of graduate education at Washington University. Students should have a strong interest in becoming a college or university professor.
  • The University believes that student body diversity entails many dimensions, and is advanced on campus by having a broad variety of cultural, socioeconomic, gender, racial, ethnic, geographical, philosophical/religious, and other distinctive backgrounds and perspectives (e.g., first generation college graduates, experience facing personal or financial hardship).

Materials Needed for Applying:

In advance of initiating an application, applicants will need:

  • To identify the three recommenders who wrote your letters for admission to your program of study
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • An essay that should be about 750 words, addressing all three of the below prompts specifically
  1. Discuss your academic goals and what you hope to achieve from advanced study.  What might you gain from your participation in the Chancellor's Fellowship Program?
  2. Discuss how your enrollment here would contribute to diversity of the graduate experience. What unique perspectives could you offer?
  3. Discuss your interest in becoming a faculty member.  What has stimulated this interest?

Application Procedure:

You must first fill out and submit your appropriate online application for admission. Be certain that you apply by your department/School's application due date. 

All applications must be submitted through the online process. No paper applications will be accepted.

Eligible programs include:

If you are applying to any PhD program (with the exception of Public Health Sciences), or the Masters in Fine Arts programs in Dance, Theater and Performance Studies, or Writing:

Navigate to your CollegeNET portal. On the “Demographics” section of the application, please indicate whether you have earned or are in the process of earning an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. After selecting your program of interest on the “Program Selection” page, navigate to the “Program Related Questions” section of your application in CollegeNET and check the box for the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program.

If you have already submitted your application for one of the above mentioned programs, navigate to your CollegeNET portal checklist to upload the fellowship essay. 

If you are applying to Architecture, Law, Public Health Sciences, or Design and Visual Arts at Washington University:

Once you have applied to one of the programs listed above, please fill out the online application

for the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship. On the “Demographics” section of the application select that you are applying to the "Chancellor's Fellowship", and indicate whether your undergraduate degree was earned or will be earned from a U.S. institution. When navigating the application in CollegeNET, select the program you applied to in the program selection section and check the box for the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship on the Program Related Questions page.  


Letters of recommendation submitted for your program do not need to be resubmitted. If you are not required to submit 3 letters of recommendation for your program, you will be expected to submit 3 letters for the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship.


Files should be free of social security numbers and birth dates. For transcripts from previous schools that you have attended, request an electronic copy that omits social security numbers and birth dates. Alternatively, you may use white-out or a black marker to hide these identifiers before uploading transcripts.

The closing date for receiving completed Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship applications is January 25, 2019. All applications must be submitted online; no paper applications will be accepted.

Please note that if you are applying to a program whose deadline is after January 25, 2019, you must complete its application as well as the fellowship application by January 25, 2019.

If you have trouble uploading your fellowship materials, try using the fellowship guide here.