WashU Undergraduate Fellowships

Providing support for undergraduate research and civic engagement.

As a student in Arts & Sciences, you may be eligible for various fellowships for undergraduate research or civic engagement.

For nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships for advanced undergraduate and graduate education, visit the office for Washington University Fellowship Advising

Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship

Every spring, five to eight of Washington University’s most promising and talented sophomore scholars are admitted into the Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship Program (MKUHF) at Washington University. Potential Kling Fellows are Arts & Sciences undergraduates who seek opportunities to engage in serious independent research in the humanities and/or the humanistic social sciences, with an interest in pursuing further graduate work in one of these areas.

Students apply in the spring of sophomore year.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is open to students who show a demonstrated commitment to increasing cross-racial and ethnic understanding and who are interested in matriculating in a Ph.D. program in Anthropology, Area Studies, Art History, Classics, Computer Science, Demography, Earth Science, Ecology, English, Ethnomusicology, Foreign Language, Geology, History, Literature, Mathematics, Musicology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Theory, Religion and Sociology.

Students apply in the spring of sophomore year.

Civic Scholars Program

The Civic Scholars Program provides a rigorous, in-depth curriculum for students who demonstrate exceptional potential for civic leadership. Sophomores are selected in a competitive merit-based process and learn together through their junior and senior years. The program includes two years of intensive leadership training, multiple levels of mentorship, a substantial summer civic engagement project, and development of civic vision.

Students apply in the spring of sophomore year.

Humanities Digital Workshop Fellowship

The ​​Humanities Digital Workshop invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis for its summer and semester-long fellowships.​​ The fellowships pair students with humanities faculty engaged in digital humanities projects for the academic semester. The ideal fellow has an interest in the humanities and a capacity for interest in the application of technology to them, but is not necessarily a humanities student, nor must he or she be highly technically experienced.