McDonnell International Scholars Academy

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy fellowship program cultivates a community of culturally and academically diverse leaders who will address the world’s most complex challenges by driving positive and lasting change. Through its longstanding international partnerships, the program is an incubator of groundbreaking ideas that advance collaborative interdisciplinary research. A transformational experience, the Academy enhances leadership capacity through mentorship, professional development, and unique engagement opportunities. It is this foundation that builds the character and conviction to lead with a global mindset and social responsibility. McDonnell Scholars are selected based on their ability to emerge as leaders who are experts in their fields with perspectives that reflect cultural competence. Scholars are given a generous financial package to support their graduate and professional degree studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

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This opportunity is open to prospective students applying to pursue an eligible full-time graduate or professional degree program at Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Priority is given to international graduate and professional candidates who are graduates of one of the Academy’s partner universities.
  • U.S. citizens who have earned previous degrees from U.S. institutions are eligible to apply as a U.S. Scholar.
  • International graduate and professional degree candidates from other international universities outside the partner network are also considered for a limited number of fellowships.

Typical Deadline:

Open October through January