Kling Fellowship Application Process

The Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship Program at Washington University accepts Arts & Sciences sophomores interested in engaging in independent undergraduate research in the humanities or humanistic social sciences. A major or potential major in one of these disciplines 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, 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 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 Fellowship Class of 2022 is now open: please download our 2020 application as either a Word or a PDF file. Kling Fellowship applications, including a cover sheet and two short essays, will be due to merlekling@wustl.edu by 4 pm on Friday, March 6, 2020. (The accompanying letter of recommendation is due separately by Monday, March 9; an information sheet for recommenders is included in the application package but need not be submitted along with the letter.) 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.