The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship

Here you will find a remarkable, close-knit community of scholars, brought together not by their specific disciplines, but by their shared commitment to becoming academic leaders and enhancing diversity in academia and beyond. 

Established in 1991, the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship provides academic, professional, and personal support for academically excellent graduate students interested in enhancing diversity at Washington University and in the professoriate.

The fellowship cultivates a sense of community and service among our fellows, within Washington University, and in the St. Louis community. By leveraging relationships and resources, the Fellowship is uniquely positioned to foster networking and interdisciplinary collaborations among current fellows and alumni.


A Legacy of Leadership

The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program has supported over 150 graduate students since 1991. Our alumni have carried their leadership into prominent roles as professors, researchers, authors, artists, policymakers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders. The dedication from each of our fellows has been instrumental in making the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship one of the nations elite fellowships for graduate study.  



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    application deadline: 

    January 25, 2021

    You can find information about applying to the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship by visiting our application page below.

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    eligible programs include

    PhD and AM programs in Arts & Sciences, including the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences | PhD programs in Business | PhD programs in Engineering | PhD in Movement Science, RAPS, and Speech and Hearing Sciences | PhD in Nursing Science | PhD in Public Health Sciences | PhD in Social Work | JD* law school fellowship only | Master of Architecture | Master of Fine Arts in Dance | Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts | Master of Fine Arts in Writing | Master of Fine Arts in Illustration and Visual Culture

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    A Community of Scholars


    Our Fellowship is fortunate to have nearly 120 alumni who have gone on to prominent roles as professors and researchers, authors, artists, policymakers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and civic and social leaders.  Together, they have made the Fellowship one of the nations’ leading programs for graduate study. 

    As part of our 25th-anniversary celebration, the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship in conjunction with the Office of the Provost has created the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellows Alumni Initiative or CGFAI. The immediate aim of the CGFAI is to bring our remarkable scholars back to Washington University to share their current work with our academic departments and schools. Our Alumni are also able to provide professional development advice to current Chancellor’s Fellows. The ultimate goal of the CGFAI is to realize the full potential of the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program as a mechanism for diversifying the faculty of the University.



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