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 McDonnell Academy online application requires that the following information be submitted. It is highly recommended that you apply using a current version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.  All information must be provided in English. (McDonnell Academy Sample Application).

  1. Complete your profile

The McDonnell Academy application requests general biographic and demographic information such as your contact details and country of citizenship.

  1. Academic history

Provide details about your previous academic degrees, such as the partner university you graduated from (international students only) and the degree(s) you hold.

  1. Personal essay

One of the goals of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy is to create a global network of leaders who have a desire to address scientific and societal issues.  In an essay of 1,000 words or less, please explain:

  • Why would you like to be selected as a McDonnell Scholar?
  • How will being a McDonnell Scholar benefit your professional career and your country?
  • How will you contribute to the goals of the McDonnell Academy?

Essays must be uploaded to your application in .pdf format.

  1. Video introduction

Help us get to know you and your views about leadership better.  Submit a video between one to two-minutes in length addressing the following question:

  • What do you consider to be your responsibility as a future leader, and what personal values will you bring to a leadership role?

Keep in mind that your face should be in full view of the camera and your response should be clear and audible; production is not important. You will be required to upload a URL to your application; video files such as .mp4, .mov, .wmv are not accepted.  It is recommended that applicants use the video recording software of their choice and upload the file to an online video sharing service such as YouTube or Vimeo.

  1. Recommendation letter

You are required to select one individual to write a letter of recommendation for you.  This individual should be a current or past instructor, academic advisor, employment manager, or professional mentor who is able to speak to your leadership skills, character, and potential.  We will also review your departmental recommendation letters included in your graduate program application (in consultation with the academic department). For that reason, please select an individual who has NOT previously submitted a letter of recommendation for your academic program application.  The application will request the individual’s name, organization and professional email address.  Because your recommender will be contacted directly by the McDonnell Academy to request their letter, we strongly suggest you discuss the recommendation letter in advance with him/her before submitting contact information in the online application.  To provide the recommender additional time to upload a letter before the review of applications begin, letter of recommendations must be submitted by February 9, 2018 at 11:59PM CST.


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Changing Application Information & Application Status

Details such as your address and phone contact can be updated in your profile at any time.  Your academic history, personal essay, video introduction and recommender contact information can be changed at any time before your application is submitted. After submission, the application data cannot be changed.

After you have begun the online application process, you can check the status of your application on your applicant dashboard.  The dashboard provides the status of the different sections in your application (as you complete them prior to submission), and the status of your application after you have completed all sections and submitted the application.  Until your application has been submitted, your application status will be “Incomplete”.  This will change to “Pending” after you have submitted the application.  As applications are reviewed, other status updates will appear to indicate where your application is in the process.

Important Note: Your application is NOT fully complete without the letter of recommendation, which must be uploaded to your application by the recommender by February 9, 2018 at 11:59PM CST.  If the recommender information requires any changes after your application has been submitted, contact mcdonnelladmissions@wustl.edu.  Your applicant dashboard will display the status of the recommender’s letter.  If a recommender does not submit a letter of recommendation by the February 9th deadline, the link they were provided to upload your letter will automatically expire.  McDonnell Academy Admissions does not send notifications or reminders to the applicant or recommender in this regard.  It is the responsibility of the applicant and recommender to ensure the letter is uploaded prior to the recommendation letter due date.


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