Stipends, Fellowships,
Pre- & Post-Doctoral Opportunities


Admission to the doctoral program includes full-tuition remission for the duration of your doctoral education and a 12-month stipend of at least $35,000 for each of the first five years in the program.

Receipt of the stipend is linked to a student’s performance in mentored research at the Brown School and is not tied to work responsibilities. In some cases, students may be awarded competitive fellowships upon admission, which supplement or replace the base stipend.

Doctoral students also receive a subsidized comprehensive health and dental plan, annual funding for professional development expenses, and additional support opportunities such as child daycare subsidies.

University Fellowship Opportunities

Washington University offers several highly competitive and prestigious fellowships for graduate students. Eligible applicants may apply for these fellowships at the time of admission.

The Ann W. and Spencer T. Olin – Chancellor’s Fellowship

The Ann W. and Spencer T. Olin – Chancellor’s Fellowship (OCF) is an elite cohort of outstanding graduate students with diverse backgrounds and from varied disciplines across Washington University in St. Louis. The OCF is committed to promoting diversity in all dimensions including cultural, socioeconomic, gender, racial, ethnic, geographical, philosophical/religious, and other distinctive backgrounds and perspectives.

The OCF offers a competitive award package and a best-in-class graduate fellowship experience. Fellows will receive exceptional leadership and development opportunities, access to exemplary resources, and networking and mentorship opportunities that will empower them to demonstrate all-round excellence.

Eligible students wishing to apply to the OCF must provide supplemental application materials within the application for admission to the PhD program. Learn more about OCF eligibility and application requirements here.  

Pre- & Post-Doctoral Opportunities

AI-ACCESS National Research Traineeship

The NSF-funded AI Advancements and Convergence in Computational, Environmental and Social Sciences (AI-ACCESS) National Research Traineeship (NRT) program at Washington University in St. Louis aims to build a cohort of new investigators, trained at the intersection of computational science (specifically AI), environmental science, and social sciences, with the skills to capitalize on the enormous synergistic potential in the convergence of AI and environmental social science. Learn more.

CHILD-Global Research Fellowship (CHILD-GRF)

CHILD-GRF provides training for promising early-career researchers from Ugandan institutions committed to research careers focused on addressing HIV prevention and the serious burden of child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) in the context of HIV/AIDS. Learn more.

LEAD Global Training Program (LEAD)

In partnership with the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine,  LEAD supports trainees from underrepresented groups committed to conducting health disparities research, with a specific focus on global mental health prevention, intervention, and implementation research within resource-constrained settings. Eligible candidates should be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident, and be from a disadvantaged or underrepresented population in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research as outlined by the NIH. Learn more.

NIMH Mental Health Services Research

This program has an emphasis on vulnerable populations and on those receiving services at the intersection between mental health and human (social) services systems. Our trainees have been very successful in pursuing research funding through NIH and other competitive funding sources, and our alumni hold faculty positions at some of the nation’s top research institutions. Learn more.

Researcher Resilience Training Program

RRT provides advanced doctoral students and early career investigators of African descent interested in child and adolescent behavioral health, with the necessary research skills to address the significant challenges that exist within resource-poor settings. Eligible candidates must be affiliated with a US-based institution. Learn more.

The Transdisciplinary Training in Addictions Research (TranSTAR)

This program offers three years of tuition and stipend support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to social work postdoctoral students. TranSTAR aims to produce a group of well-trained addictions researchers, with state-of-the-art knowledge of addictions services, delivered in non-specialty settings, and particularly targeted to underserved and vulnerable populations. TranSTAR emphasizes the importance of understanding protective and modifiable risk factors and co-occurring and comorbid conditions that “inform, influence and interact” with drug use, abuse, dependence and addictive behaviors. The program prepares trainees for academic research placements in tenure-track or postdoctoral fellowship positions.  Learn more.

External Funding Opportunities

External fellowships are a prestigious and valuable acknowledgment of intellectual pursuit and promise. Explore external funding opportunities here.

Student Loans

Students with additional unmet financial need may wish to explore student loans. Federal aid is available to U.S. citizens and eligible non-U.S. citizens only. Questions about federal financial aid may be directed to the Brown School Office of Student Financial Services.