We know a big part of your graduate school decision hinges on funding, both for your education and for research in your chosen field. We are dedicated to fully covering our graduate students' needs, with our PhD students receiving a stipend and full tuition coverage for up to six years as long as academic progress is being made.

Funding typically consists of full tuition remission and 12 months of support to help with expenses. The modes of financial support for McKelvey PhD students are usually decided by individual programs. Monetary support may come from the department, individual faculty member or a fellowship (external or internal — see links below). Specific information may be obtained from the departmental or administrative unit of the graduate program.


Competitive Fellowships

The application deadline for competitive fellowships is January 25. Visit our fellowships for more information and to apply.

Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship

All Chancellor's Graduate Fellows receive full tuition remission and a 12-month living stipend. Awards are contingent upon satisfactory progress toward their degree.

Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship

All Olin Fellows receive full tuition remission, a 12-month living stipend, and a $600 annual travel award for the duration of their program length. Awards are contingent upon satisfactory progress toward their degree.

External Funding

External fellowships are a prestigious and valuable acknowledgment of intellectual pursuit and promise.

Explore external funding opportunities (Graduate School)

American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowship and grants

NSF GRFP Fellowship Writing Workshop Series 2020

Washington University is offering a Fellowship Writing Workshop Series for students who plan to apply for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) in October 2020. Attendees will learn about and practice writing all the relevant elements of a GRFP proposal. Please visit the NSF GRFP Fellowship Writing Workshop website for further guidance.


Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid and mentorship. The university does not discriminate in access to or treatment of mentees in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.