Fields of Study
- To encourage women of exceptional promise to prepare for careers in higher education and the professions.
- To continue and extend the historically important contributions of Monticello to the education of women.
- To extend the influence of Washington University by assisting in the advanced education of outstanding women who are likely to make significant contributions to higher education.
Any female graduate or prospective graduate of an undergraduate institution in the United States who plans to prepare for a career in higher education or the professions is eligible to apply, provided she seeks to obtain through full-time study at Washington University the highest degree available in her chosen field, is not at the time of application engaged at Washington University or elsewhere in formal study leading to such a degree, and is able to meet the admission requirements of the graduate or professional school in which she intends to enroll.
Past engagement in preliminary post-baccalaureate study does not jeopardize eligibility for an Olin Fellowship.
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.
Fields of Study
The Olin Fellowships are open to applicants for the specified graduate and professional degree programs in the following schools of Washington University:
- Arts & Sciences (MAEd, MAT, MFA, MM, PhD)
- Brown School of Social Work (MPH, MSW, PhD)
- Engineering & Applied Science (PhD)
- Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (MArch, MFA, MLA, MUD)
- Law (JD)
- Medicine (AuD, DOT, DPT, MD, PhD)
- Olin Business School (MBA, PhD)
Fellowships assist study in specific fields; Fellows who change fields of study are normally expected to resign their Fellowships.
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 early in March 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 later in March.
The Selection Committee reserves the right to prefer doctoral students to master's students and to favor fields in which women are underrepresented.
All Olin Fellows receive full tuition remission for up to four years, provided they continue to make satisfactory academic progress. They are also eligible for a grant to defray the cost of professional travel. In addition, Fellows in PhD programs will receive a stipend equal to or in excess of other awards in their discipline.
- Eligible degrees for the Olin Fellowship are listed in the eligibility portion of this page. Applicants for terminal MA and MS degrees are not eligible to apply for the fellowship.
- If you are interested in any eligible graduate degree in Arts & Sciences, the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, the Program in Audiology & Communication Sciences, or the Program in Occupational Therapy, then fill out the online application for admission first. Please be certain that you apply by your department’s application due date. You will be prompted to apply for the Olin Fellowship when you submit your application for admission.
- If you have applied for admission to any other eligible graduate degree program at Washington University, please fill out the online application for the Olin Fellowship.
- Applications must be submitted through the online process. No paper applications will be accepted.
- All documents that are requested for upload must be a PDF and 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. You may also use white-out or a black marker to hide these identifiers before uploading transcripts. This is for your protection.
- The closing date for receiving completed Olin Fellowship applications is January 25, 2016. Please note that if you are applying to a program whose deadline is after January 25, 2016, you must complete its application as well as the fellowship application by January 25, 2016.
- 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. institution.
- In 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.