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Stipends, Fellowships,
Pre- & Post-Doctoral Opportunities


All new students receive full tuition remission and a base stipend of $30,000 (over 10 months) per year for 4 years. Receipt of the stipend is linked to a student’s performance of mentored research in public health or social 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.

Students are encouraged to apply for additional funding opportunities in the form of research and teaching fellowships as well as dissertation grants. Fellowship opportunities may occur as early as the first semester of satisfactory academic progress.


The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships

These fellowships are earmarked for students interested in becoming college or university professors, and further enhancing the diversity of graduate education. Taking into account academic excellence, experiences and attributes, students who would contribute to the diversity of Washington University are selected. Learn more about the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships.

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships

These fellowships encourage women of exceptional promise to prepare for careers in higher education and scholarly professions. All Olin Fellows receive full tuition remission for up to four years, provided they continue to make satisfactory academic progress. Fellows are also eligible for stipends equal to or in excess of the base stipend as well as a grant to defray the cost of professional travel.

Women wishing to become candidates for the Olin Fellowship competition are required to complete a separate Olin application by the application deadline, in addition to their application for PhD admission. Applicants must be graduates of a baccalaureate institution in the United States. For more information, visit the Olin Fellowship website.

Pre- & Post-Doctoral Opportunities

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.

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.

Additional Funding and Loans

The Brown School provides additional financial support to doctoral students such as travel subsidies for professional conferences. Advanced doctoral students are encouraged to apply for both internal and external dissertation awards.

Loans are available to graduate students whose financial need is not otherwise met. Please contact the Brown School Office of Student Financial Services for additional loan information.

Note:  International students may receive a university fellowship and stipend, however, they are not eligible for federal financial aid loans and are asked to contact our PhD Office for information on non-federal assistance. We urge you to apply to the program early so that awards may be secured well in advance of the fall term.