The Academy steering committee selects scholars based on outstanding academic potential and on applicants’ commitment to learning about international issues and global leadership.

The McDonnell Academy accepts applications beginning November 8th through January 31st for the 2018-19 academic year.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ADMISSION


Admission for Scholars from Partner Institutions

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the McDonnell Academy, you must be a graduate of one of our Partner Universities and must also apply to one of a select group of full-time doctoral or master’s degree programs. Application to the academy is separate from, and in addition to, an application to a doctoral or master’s degree program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Financial and Programmatic Support from the McDonnell Academy for International Students for the 2018-19 Academic Year

  1. Full tuition for study in a doctoral or master’s degree program. This support will continue as long as the Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree.
  2. A 12-month living stipend for each year that the Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree. This stipend is set at $28,000 for the year beginning August 16, 2018. (Some PhD programs offer additional stipend funds. Check with the department to which you are applying for more information.)
  3. A one-time travel allowance of up to $1,500 for travel to St. Louis to begin studies as an Academy Scholar.
  4. An annual travel allowance of up to $2,000 for a trip to the Scholar’s alma mater.
  5. Opportunity to reside exclusively with other McDonnell Scholars in attractive, yet affordable apartments within close proximity to campus.

Admission for U.S. Scholars

The Academy recruited its first U.S. Scholars as part of the 2012–2013 cohort.  U.S. Scholars now comprise up to 25% of each cohort.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply to the McDonnell Academy as a U.S. Scholar, an individual must be a U.S. citizen and is expected to have spent most of his or her life and earned previous degrees in the United States.

In addition to applying to the academy, U.S. scholar applicants must also apply to one of a select group of full-time doctoral or master’s degree programs. Application to the academy is separate from, and in addition to, an application to a doctoral or master’s degree program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Financial and Programmatic Support from the McDonnell Academy for U.S. Citizens for the 2018-19 Academic Year

  1. Full tuition for study in a doctoral or master’s degree program. This support will continue as long as the Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree for up to five years.
  2. A 12-month living stipend for each year that the Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree. This stipend is set at $28,000 for the year beginning August 16, 2018. (Some PhD programs offer additional stipend funds. Check with the department to which you are applying for more information.)
  3. A one-time travel allowance of up to $750 for travel to St. Louis to begin studies as an Academy Scholar.
  4. Travel support for one or more extended trips to a partner institution of the Academy, to be arranged on a case-by-case basis. The Academy will also help in arranging on-site activities and support for living expenses at the partner institution.
  5. Opportunity to reside exclusively with other McDonnell Scholars in attractive, yet affordable apartments within close proximity to campus.

Corporate Fellows

Scholars selected as corporate fellows have special opportunities to work as interns with their McDonnell Academy corporate sponsor(s). The academy’s steering committee appoints corporate fellows; no additional application is required.


The Application Process

For the 2018-19 academic year, the McDonnell Academy accepts applications beginning in November through January 31, 2018. 

The online application requirements are outlined in detail on the application page. You will also find information on how to update your profile and check the status of the various sections of your application prior to submission.


Application Decisions

The McDonnell Academy steering committee reviews each application thoroughly. Decisions are typically made by the end of March and usually no later than mid-April. Please keep in mind that application review can be a lengthy process and the timeline is subject to change.

Your applicant dashboard within the online application will be updated to reflect the decision that is reached regarding your acceptance.  Accepted individuals will also receive an email notification with further information.

On average, 15-20 Scholars are admitted to the McDonnell Academy each year.


Admissions and Application Questions

Email: mcdonnelladmissions@wustl.edu