The Dean's International Fellowship is designed for PhD applicants who are currently undergraduate or master's students at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) in India, National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University and Tsinghua University in China.

Students who apply to our eligible PhD programs by Oct. 31, 2020 will be considered for the fellowship, and selected students will receive notification as early as Nov. 29, 2020 in addition to a one-time, $5,000 award.

Eligible PhD programs


  • Complete Application to an eligible PhD program by Oct. 31, 2019
  • 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. To be considered for the Dean’s International Fellowship, please submit your application by Oct. 31, 2019. After you have submitted your record, you will be prompted to provide a short 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


  • Full-time undergraduate student or master's student at IIT Bombay, National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University and Tsinghua University
  • GPA greater than 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) or 80 (on a 100 scale)
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for fall 2020 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
  • One-time $5,000 USD award in the first year of study

Application timeline

  • Oct. 31, 2019: All PhD applications received prior to this date are automatically considered for Dean’s International Fellowship.
  • Nov. 29, 2019: Applicants will receive application status notification. If the application is approved, the student will be offered Dean’s International Fellowship in addition to admission to the PhD program.
  • April 15, 2020: Applicant offer acceptance deadline.
  • Note: If an application is not approved for Dean’s International Fellowship, it will be deferred to the regular admission process following the standard admission deadlines in respective programs.