About the Olin Fellowship

The Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Study are co-sponsored by the Monticello Foundation and by Washington University.  The Foundation continues the mission of Monticello College, the second-oldest women's college in the US, to "promote female education".  From its founding in 1974, the Olin Fellowship's name has honored Spencer T. Olin and Ann W. Olin, who were generous supporters of both Monticello College and Washington University.


  • 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 or a profession.

Financial Terms

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.

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