Call for Applications: McDonnell International Scholars Academy Graduate Fellowship Programme 2022–23

The Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), USA, is inviting applications to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy (McDonnell Academy) for admission in 2022–23. The McDonnell Academy is a fellowship programme for graduates of its partner universities, including CUHK. It aims to attract talented international students for advanced educational experiences, and provides a means for the University to learn more about the global community. 


  • Full tuition for study in a doctoral or master’s degree programme at WUSTL (please refer to the webpage for a list of the programmes).
  • A 12-month living stipend each year. This stipend is set at US$29,000 per academic year.
  • A one-time travel allowance of up to US$1,500 for travel to St. Louis.
  • An annual travel allowance of up to US$2,000 for a trip to the Scholar’s alma mater, i.e. CUHK.


Applicants must be graduates of CUHK (either undergraduate or postgraduate) and must be admitted to one of a select group of full-time doctoral or master’s degree programmes at WUSTL.

Application to the McDonnell Academy is separate from, and in addition to, an application to a doctoral or master’s degree programme at WUSTL. Applicants are advised to observe the different application requirements and deadlines on the individual programme websites.


A preliminary online interview for the fellowship programme with Prof. Ping Wang, Seigle Family Professor, Department of Economics, Arts and Sciences and Ambassador of the McDonnell Academy will be held on 21 December 2021 (Tuesday) at 8:00am HKT. Interested applicants are strongly recommended to sign up for the interview to get a head start for their applications. Please register online with a recent CV of no more than two pages by 16 December 2021 (Thursday).

Shortlisted applicants should submit the personal essay as required by the McDonnell Academy to the Office of Academic Links (c/o Ms. Alice Leong; by 12 January 2022 (Wednesday) for review. A full application with the essay, a letter of recommendation and a short video should be submitted online by 31 January 2022 (Monday). For the specific requirements of the application materials, please refer to the programme website. Applicants are advised to submit a copy of their applications to the Office of Academic Links (c/o Ms. Alice Leong; for record.

For details, please refer to the attached leaflet and the webpage. For enquiries, please contact Ms. Alice Leong at