The Program

The McDonnell Academy is a university-wide initiative that benefits all seven WashU academic schools by attracting premier graduate students from international institutions and the United States. On-campus Scholars participate in a collaborative graduate-level leadership program and become part of a unique global community. They represent different countries, cultural viewpoints, academic and personal interests, and they […]

Sponsors & Benefactors

Select corporations, foundations and individuals serve as sponsors of the McDonnell Academy. Corporate Sponsors Bayer CropScienceSt. Louis, MO Fila KoreaSeoul, Korea BoeingSt. Louis, MO Mirae AssetSeoul, Korea China Risun Group (Hong Kong) LtdBeijing, China Nestlé Purina PetCare CompanySt. Louis, MO Corning IncorporatedCorning, NY Foundation Sponsors Cabot Corporation FoundationBoston, MA(Cabot-Zhang Endowed Lecture Series) Lee FoundationSingapore(S.T. Lee Endowed […]

Academy Leadership

The Academy works closely with distinguished faculty across disciplines and key leaders in the areas of politics, business, science, engineering, and international relations. External Advisory Committee The McDonnell Academy has a committee of external advisors to advise the McDonnell Academy on programming initiatives and on developing partnerships with research universities in other countries. David L. […]

History of the Academy

McDonnell Scholars

Founded in 2005, the McDonnell Academy is a global partnership among premier academic institutions providing graduate and professional education to prepare global leaders and leverage the Academy’s international partnership network to incubate new ideas and foster collaborative research across countries and disciplines.


McDonnell Scholars

Developing a cohort of future leaders The McDonnell International Scholars Academy provides the network with which Washington University in St. Louis incubates new ideas and mentors future leaders. Through our partnerships, we lead groundbreaking research projects and prepare our Scholars to be effective leaders in a global community. The McDonnell Academy is an endowed fellowship program that offers generous […]


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Fellowships & Grants

The McDonnell Academy supports collaborative research projects with seed funding and helps identify additional funding opportunities from other sources. When available, seed funding is distributed through open calls for applications published on this page. Seed grants typically support research projects that involve at least one collaborator from WashU and international collaborators from the Academy’s partnership […]

Endowed Lectures

McDonnell Academy endowed lectures impact learning. The McDonnell Academy’s public programming brings leading experts to campus to enrich the conversation at WashU and the St. Louis community on issues of global importance.

Research, Collaboration, & Engagement

The McDonnell Academy leverages the power of its global partnership network to advance collaborative research across disciplines and countries. We believe that partnerships are key to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges that cannot be solved by any single institution or country alone. Our faculty are engaged in collaborative research in areas such as public […]

Global Engagement

The McDonnell Academy’s network of strategic partners serves as a platform for joint research on issues that are important both in the U.S. and across the globe. From our world-renowned McDonnell International Scholars Academy to groundbreaking and collaborative research projects around, to our extensive international exchange programs, our community is dedicated to creating positive global impact. WashU […]