Focused on Financial Support.

We know a big part of your graduate school decision hinges on funding, both for your education and for research in your chosen field. We are dedicated to fully covering our Graduate students' needs, with 99% of our students receiving a stipend and full tuition coverage.


Our funding for Graduate students has helped thousands of bright minds achieve at the highest levels.

Washington University is committed to funding most Ph.D. students for 4-6 years, depending on the time needed to complete their particular program. Funding typically consists of full tuition remission and a 9 to12 month stipend to defray living expenses. The amounts and vehicles of financial support for graduate students are usually decided by individual Schools. Monetary support may come from the University or from outside sources, and it may be administered by an individual faculty member or by the staff of the program or School. Very few aspects of graduate student financial aid are fully centralized.

The majority of full-time students receive financial support through financial assistance, grants, loans, or Federal Work Study Program opportunities. Financial assistance in the form of fellowships and mentorship are offered annually on a competitive basis through the Graduate School from government, private, unrestricted or endowed sources. Also available are scholarships, fellowships, and clinical internships in applied social sciences; grants and fellowships in national competition and loans.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and mentorship. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment of mentees in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.

Specific information may be obtained from the departmental or administrative unit to which the student intends to apply.

University Fellowships & Awards

The Chancellor's Fellowship

The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program (CGFP) was established in 1991 for the purpose of providing strong encouragement as well as generous financial support to outstanding and diverse students interested in careers as college or university professors. The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship provides support for full-time study leading to the completion of the Ph.D. or M.F. A. in most of Washington University's academic programs.

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The Olin Fellowship

Founded in 1974, 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 fellowship encourages women of exceptional promise to prepare for careers in higher education and the professions. 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 for this Fellowship.

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McNair Fellowship

First Year Fellowships are offered to former McNair scholars who are admitted to selected doctoral programs in Arts & Sciences at Washington University. The Fellowship provides full tuition plus an enhanced First Year stipend. Five academic years of support are guaranteed by a combination of University Fellowships and Assistantships. There are a variety of exceptional funding opportunities available that seek to achieve our goal of a diverse graduate student body, with its subsequent rewards to academia and the nation as a whole.

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University Awards

This is not a complete list of such resources, but should serve as a useful introduction. Be sure to check with your department and ask about grants, fellowships, and awards relevant to your discipline.

List of Awards
95% of graduate students receive a housing stipend
OF PHD STUDENTS receive full-time funding
40% OF research funding comes from endowments

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other fellowships & funding opportunities:


Federal Student Aid Programs are authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act that provide grants, loans and work-study funds from the federal government to eligible students enrolled in college or career school. Title IV programs are the largest source of post-secondary funding from the federal government. 



Application deadline: July 1.

This ensures the loan is available at the beginning of fall semester.