CGFP: Application & Admission

2022-2023 application deadline: January 25, 2022

Selection Criteria

  • 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).

Eligible Programs

PhD Programs:

  • 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

Masters Programs:

  • Architecture
  • Arts & Sciences

Masters Fine Arts Programs:

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


    CGFP Application

    For the academic year 2022-2023, the application deadline is January 25, 2022. All applications must be submitted online. Please review our FAQs before submitting your application.

    CGFP Application

    Program Benefits

    Chancellor’s Fellows receive an annual stipend ($36,720 for 2021-2022), full tuition remission, and a $1,500 educational allowance. This award supports fellows through their program length, which varies by degree type. 

    Chancellor’s Fellows have designated priority housing available to them (through Quadrangle Housing) adjacent to both the Danforth & Medical campuses at a cost that is below the market rate.  

    In addition to the financial benefits, Chancellor’s Fellows have access to professional development workshops, speaker events, networking opportunities, and social events throughout the academic year.  Current Fellows also have access to a robust alumnae network.

      How to Apply

      Materials Needed for Applying

      To complete 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 include your name, the essay prompt, and response at the beginning of your uploaded document to facilitate the review process.

      Application Procedure

      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.

      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 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.

      Still have Questions?

      Visit our Fellowship application FAQs page for additional information and an application guide.

      Fellowship application FAQs