Admission for 2017-18 Academic Year

Selection Criteria

Applicants must be female, applying for a degree program in which they are not currently enrolled, and have earned or be in the process of earning an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institutionIn considering women for our Olin Fellowship, special consideration is given to the following:

  • Evidence of intellectual ability and versatility and of academic achievement.
  • Evidence of commitment to undertake and sustain preparation for a career in higher education or the professions.
  • Evidence of personal qualities necessary to make constructive contributions to higher education or the professions.

Applicants are considered without regard to age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin and with regard only to the excellence of their qualifications.

Steps for Applying

Before beginning an application, applicants will need:

  • To identify the three recommenders who wrote your letters for admission. They will be asked to upload the same letters to this application.
  • To ask one of the original recommenders or a fourth person to write a recommendation that addresses those qualities sought in an Olin Fellow. 
  • To prepare a CV.
  • To write an essay that should be about 750 words, addressing all three of the following prompts specifically.
  1. Discuss your academic goals and what you hope to achieve from advanced study.
  2. Discuss how your participation in the activities of the Olin Fellowship Program would affect yourself and others. What would you hope to gain from participating? What would you hope to contribute?
  3. Discuss your commitment to an academic or professional career. How do you want your work to make a difference?

Application Procedure

You must first fill out and submit your appropriate online application for admission. Be sure to apply by your department/School application deadline.

All applications must be submitted online; no paper applications will be accepted.

If you are applying to one of the following programs, please fill out the online application for the Olin Fellowship.

  • Brown School (MPH, MSW, Public Health Sciences PhD)
  • Engineering & Applied Science (PhD)
  • Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (MFA in Visual Art, MArch, MLA, MUD)
  • Law (JD)
  • Medicine (DPT, MD)
  • Olin Business School (MBA, PhD)
  • Program in Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The online application for admission to the programs listed below will automatically prompt you to apply for the Olin Fellowship, once your admissions application is submitted.

  • Arts & Sciences, including Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (MAEd, MAT, MFA, PhD)
  • Brown School (Social Work PhD)
  • Program in Audiology & Communication Sciences (AuD, PhD)
  • Program in Occupational Therapy (PhD)

The application system will only accept PDF files, which 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 Olin Fellowship applications is January 25, 2017.

Please note that if you are applying to a program whose deadline is after January 25, 2017, you must complete its application as well as the fellowship application by January 25, 2017.

Selection Procedures

Selection is by a committee chaired by the Director of the Olin Fellowship Program.  On the basis of outstanding merit evinced in the application materials, a group of finalists is invited to Washington University in late February for interviews by the Selection Committee and by members of the faculty in the candidate's field of study. 

Washington University provides full coverage of travel and other expenses necessitated by these interviews.  Announcement of the award of Olin Fellowships is made in early March.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to prefer doctoral students to master's students and to favor fields in which women are underrepresented.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a master's degree from a U.S. institution. Am I eligible to apply for the Fellowship?

No. You must have an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution in order to apply for and receive the fellowship.

My degree program admissions application requires fewer/more than three letters of reference. How should I proceed?

Include your admissions application recommenders in the fellowship application. If there are fewer than three, please make sure to include one recommender in the fellowship-specific slot, which is the fourth slot in the application system. If there are more than three, select the recommenders you feel will paint the broadest picture of you as a potential Fellow.

Can I have one of my original recommenders from my admissions application submit my fellowship-specific letter of reference?

Your admissions recommenders have undoubtedly focused on your potential to excel in the particular degree program to which you are applying; possibly, one or more of them also commended on your potential to excel in the line of work that degree will qualify you to do. Your fourth recommender needs to be able to comment on the breadth of your intellectual interests, your aptitude for the kind of career you desire, and your potential contribution to the fellowship network. If you feel that one of your admissions references will do this, then, yes, you may have them submit the fellowship-specific reference, as well.

Will the selection committee have access to the materials I have submitted with my admissions application?

Yes.

Do I need to send the Fellowship Program an official transcript and/or test score report?

No; the selection committee can review your application with unofficial versions uploaded in the application system.