Apply for a President’s Public Service Fellowship

Yale graduate and professional school student applications for PPSF 2021 are due by Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4pm.  No extensions. Find more information on the website of the Office of New Haven Affairs

The President’s Public Service Fellowship was established in 1994 to provide expanded opportunities for Yale students to work on behalf of economic development, human development, and neighborhood revitalization with public sector and nonprofit organizations in the City of New Haven.

Since 1994, the Fellowship has grown from 20 Yale students working full-time for eight weeks during the summer to more than 30 Fellows working for up to eleven weeks during the summer in different organizations.

The President’s Public Service Fellowship has built a strong reputation with organizations in New Haven, and has created a legacy of current Yale students and recent graduates who have a sophisticated view of community development and remain active in community building in New Haven and in other cities.

Nearly 900 Yale University undergraduate, graduate and professional school students have contributed more than 370,000 hours of community service to New Haven nonprofit and public sector agencies as President’s Public Service Fellows since 1994.

Fellowship Selection and Application

In the past, Fellows have been selected from a competitive applicant pool of more than 150 students, and in 2020 the Fellowship offered placements to 30 qualified applicants.

Students not in their final year of study may apply for placements proposed by New Haven agencies.

Length of Placement, Fellowship Requirements and Compensation

For the summer of 2021, placements can be for any consecutive period of eight to eleven weeks between June 1 and August 13, 2021. Summer pay ranges from $5,850 to $9,000 based on experience, degree pending, and weeks worked.

Over the years, Fellows have worked with many diverse agencies with projects spanning the areas of Community Services, Business, and Youth Development. Previous Fellowship sites number over 125 organizations and city departments. A few of those sites have included:

  • All Our Kin
  • Believe in Me Empowerment Corporation
  • City of New Haven, City Plan Department
  • City of New Haven, Parks, Recreation and Trees
  • Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology
  • Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS)
  • Junta for Progressive Action
  • Neighborhood Housing Services
  • New Haven Promise
  • New Haven Reads
  • Urban Resources Initiative
  • Yale School of Drama, Dwight Edgewood Project


  • Applicants must be Yale students not in their final year of study, and must be in good academic standing.  Prior PPSF Fellows may not apply.

Requirements of the Fellowship

  • In light of the ongoing pandemic, Fellows will work remotely for assigned sites.  If restrictions are lifted by the University, Fellows selected to participate in PPSF Summer 2021 will be notified.
  • The Fellowship is full-time and must be the primary work of Fellows during the summer. Please plan accordingly. NOTE: Other summertime work for Yale University is strongly discouraged. Fellows must discuss any other proposed part-time work, in advance of the summer, with the Director.
  • Fellowship placements will be for eight to eleven consecutive weeks between June 1 and August 13, 2021. The Fellowship Director will facilitate a meeting between the Fellow and agency supervisor to mutually determine the exact length of each individual Fellowship.
  • All Fellows will be expected to participate in weekly meetings during the course of the Fellowship.
  • All Fellows will be expected to complete weekly reports during the program and a final report by the end of the summer.


  • There will be a mandatory orientation session for all selected 2021 Fellows on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6pm.
  • All Fellows are required to be available May 25-28 from 8:30-5pm for PPSF meetings as well as onboarding for assigned sites.


  • The taxable pay for graduate and professional school students for a 40-hour work week will be $750 per week.

Download Graduate and Professional School Student Application Procedures and Instructions.

By Brian Miller
Brian Miller