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.
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.
- Discuss your academic goals and what you hope to achieve from advanced study.
- 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?
- Discuss your commitment to an academic or professional career. How do you want your work to make a difference?
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, 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.
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.