Applying to the Program

How to Apply

The Department of Anthropology accepts students only for the Ph.D. The department does not offer a terminal Master's Degree. Admission decisions are made once a year and all students are admitted for the fall semester. The deadline for application is January 1 for the following academic year. We are a highly selective department and normally admit three to four students per subfield each year from a competitive pool of U.S. and international applicants.

After reviewing the research interests of our faculty, please feel free to contact those faculty members whose research interests align well with yours to let them know of your interest in the program.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation and the required forms (submit recommendation requests via email through the online application).
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended are required. Please send transcripts directly to the department courier address:
    Department of Anthropology
    Washington University
    McMillan Hall, Room 112
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
  • Submit a personal statement of approximately 2 pages in length which describes interests, relevant experience, anticipated plans for dissertation research, and faculty with whom applicant would hope to collaborate.
  • GRE scores are not required for application to the graduate program in anthropology. (Rev. 10/2019)
  • TOEFL--For application to the graduate program in the department of anthropology the TOEFL is waived for native English speakers and applicants who have earned a university degree from an institution in which all courses for the duration of the degree were taught in English.

    *Please note that if the applicant accepts an offer of admission to the anthropology program, the Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis and/or U.S. immigrations officials may require official TOEFL scores prior to matriculation.

  • Please do not submit writing samples unless requested.

Financial Support

Students who are admitted to the program are funded with tuition remission and fellowships for up to 6 years, assuming continued high academic performance. Students obtain their own funding to support their dissertation research. The stipend (11.5 months) for 2019-2020 is $26, 831.00. (Fall 2020: $11,680 8/1/20-12/31/20 | Spring 2021: $11,680 1/1/21-5/31/21 | summer 2021: $3,471 6/1/21-7/31/21). Additional funding for conference travel and summer research is available.

Other fellowships with generous stipends are available to outstanding new students at Washington University, including the Mr. & Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study, and the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program for students who bring diversity to the graduate program:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded as a result of an annual competition open to all women who intend to commence graduate studies at Washington University the following fall.  Olin Fellowships carry stipends for four years and full tuition. Women wishing to become candidates for the Olin Fellowship competition are asked to complete a separate Olin application in addition to their application for admission.Applicants must be graduates of a baccalaureate institution in the United States. For more information, call (314) 935-6818 or visit the Olin Fellowship website.
  • The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships: These fellowships are designed to facilitate training for students who will contribute to diversity in graduate education and who are interested in becoming college or university professors. Students will be selected who, in light of all pertinent qualifications, experiences and attributes, would contribute to the diversity of graduate education at Washington University. For more information, call 314-935-6821 or visit the Chancellor's Fellowship website.