application deadline:

January 25, 2021



  • Students must have earned or been in the process of earning an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution.
  • Students will be selected for the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship, who, in light of all pertinent academic qualifications, experiences, and attributes, would contribute to the diversity of graduate education at Washington University. Students should have a strong interest in becoming a college or university professor.
  • The University believes that student body diversity entails many dimensions, and is advanced on campus by having a broad variety of cultural, socioeconomic, gender, racial, ethnic, geographical, philosophical/religious, and other distinctive backgrounds and perspectives (e.g., first-generation college graduates, experience facing personal or financial hardship).
In advance of initiating an application, applicants will need:
  • A resume or CV
  • The letter(s) of recommendation from your program application
  • A response to the following essay prompt (In 500 words or less):
  • Imagine you have just received a MacArthur Fellowship with a no-strings-attached award of $625,000. How would this affect your career path and what would you want to impact with the award.

Please copy and paste the wording of the essay prompt at the beginning of your uploaded document to facilitate the review process.



You must first fill out and submit your appropriate online application for admission. Be certain that you apply by your department/School's application due date. 

All applications must be submitted through the online process. No paper applications will be accepted.








Arts & Sciences including Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences | Business | Engineering | Movement Science | RAPS | Speech and Hearing Sciences | Public Health Sciences | Social Work


Law School Teaching Fellowship ONLY


Architecture | Arts & Sciences


Visual Art | Performance | Dance | Writing | Illustration and Visual Culture


If you are applying to any PhD program (with the exception of Public Health Science), or the Masters in Fine Arts programs in Dance or Writing

Navigate to your CollegeNET portal. On the “Demographics” section of the application, please indicate whether you have earned or are in the process of earning an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. After selecting your program of interest on the “Program Selection” page, navigate to the “Program-Related Questions” section of your application in CollegeNET and check the box for the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program.

If you have already submitted your application for one of the above-mentioned programs, navigate to your CollegeNET portal checklist to upload the fellowship essay. 


If you are applying to Architecture, Law, Public Health Sciences, or Design and Visual Arts

In advance of submitting your fellowship application, we encourage you to first fill out and submit the online application to your program of interest. Once you have applied to one of the programs above, please fill out the online application for the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship. On the “Demographics” section of the application, please indicate whether you have earned or are in the process of earning an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution. When navigating the application in CollegeNET, select Fellowship Only in the program selection section and check the box for the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship on the Program Related Questions page.