The Dean’s International Award is designed for PhD applicants who are currently undergraduate or master’s degree students from any of the following universities:

  • Boğaziçi University
  • Fudan University
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
  • Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
  • Keio University
  • Korea University
  • Makerere University
  • Middle East Technical University
  • National Taiwan University
  • National University of Singapore
  • National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  • Peking University
  • Reichman University
  • Seoul National University
  • State University of Campinas
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Chile
  • University of Ghana
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Indonesia
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Tokyo
  • Utrecht University
  • Yonsei University


  1. Interested students must complete an application to an eligible PhD program (below) by December 15, the program deadline for all PhD programs.
  2. Interested students must also submit a short essay on the following: The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis set a strategic vision in 2017 for Leadership Through Excellence. One of the objectives of that plan is to develop world-class researchers. Please provide an essay (400-600 words) describing how the research you wish to pursue will influence the research community of the future and why WashU is the place for you to pursue that research. This essay should be emailed to by the program deadline to which you are applying.

Eligible PhD programs


  • Full-time undergraduate student or master’s degree student at any of the universities listed above
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for fall enrollment
  • Applying to an eligible PhD program (listed above)

Financial details

  • Full tuition waiver
  • Monthly stipend for the duration of the PhD program as long as academic progress is being made
  • Awardee will receive a one-time award of $5,000 USD at the start of the PhD program, and $500 per year for 5 years which can be used for professional development activities