Kling Fellowship Application Process

The Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship Program at Washington University accepts Arts & Sciences sophomores (or, more rarely, sophomores in other schools with an Arts & Sciences second major) who are interested in independent undergraduate research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. A major or potential major in a relevant discipline or field is strongly encouraged. Potential Kling Fellows should also have an interest in possibly pursuing graduate study in a humanistic field. The Kling Fellowship is open to international, undocumented and DACAmented students; it does not consider citizenship or immigration status in its application process.

Application Process

The application process consists of two rounds of competition. In the first round, applicants submit a completed application form, two required application essays and one letter of recommendation, usually due before spring break. Applicants selected to continue to the second round of the application process are interviewed by program leadership and faculty in mid-to-late March before final selections are made. Applicants are welcome to work with current fellows throughout the application process to ensure that each applicant has the best possible chance for success.


The application cycle for the Kling Class of 2025 is now open! Please join us at our information session on Tuesday, February 7, at 6:00pm in DUC 248.

Apply by email to merlekling@wustl.edu using these materials: Kling Application 2023 in PDF | Kling Application 2023 in Word

The deadline for student applications will be Friday, March 10, 2023, while faculty letters of recommendation can be turned in until Monday, March 13, 2023. Student or faculty questions about applications and eligibility, as well as faculty letters of recommendation for Kling applicants, should be directed to Dr. Wendy Love Anderson.