[Openings available] Yale Graduate Impact (YGI) Fellowship for the Humanities

There are openings available for the Yale Graduate Impact (YGI) Fellowship for the Humanities! The application deadline will be January 16, 2022 at 11:59 pm. We invite applications from current Yale Humanities Ph.D. students who wish to pursue an external internship related to their academic research at an organization outside of Yale. YGI Fellowship is a new opportunity for Humanities Ph.D. students to develop key professional skills, knowledge, and experience while furthering their scholarly goals.

Fellowship Terms

  • Eligibility: Fellows must be currently matriculated, Yale Humanities Ph.D. students in years 2-6* of study and have been admitted to candidacy before the fellowship.
  • Term: Fellows work at an external organization under the guidance of the host supervisor for no more than 10 hours per week over the course of 16 weeks during the 2022 Spring term.
  • Stipend:  Fellows receive a stipend of up to $2,900 for the 2022 Spring Term.
  • International students should consult with your OISS advisor to confirm eligibility. Eligible candidates will be required to apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), as per immigration policy. Please reach out to your OISS advisor for application specifics. Also, please note that if you have a TF20 teaching position, you may not be eligible for this fellowship. Under the current policy, international students are not allowed to work for more than 20 hours per week. Please make sure you confirm your particular visa constraints with your OISS advisor.
  • Requirements: You will be required to register for the course “GSAS 903: Post-candidacy Applied Research Experience and Practical Training,” if your application is approved. In addition, all fellows will be required to submit a written reflection paper at the end of the fellowship.
  • Students registered in absentia are eligible to apply.

* 7th-year students on departmental COVID extensions in Spring 2022 are eligible to apply.

Fellowship Timeline

  • October 14, 2021: Application opens;
  • January 16, 2021: Application deadline;
  • January 28, 2022: Deadline for registration in the course “GSAS 903: Post-candidacy Applied Research Experience and Practical Training”.

Application Materials Required

1. Student Application for the Yale Graduate Impact Fellowship

The student application includes:

  • An up-to-date resume. See tips on constructing a professional resume here and here.
  • A project summary of no more than two pages (please refer to the YGI Fellowship Project Summary Template) explaining the nature of the position and how it supports the student’s academic and professional trajectory. The student should review the summary with the host, and it must be signed by both the student and the host supervisor prior to submission.

2. Host Application for the Yale Graduate Impact Fellowship

In this form, we request that the host organization provide the name and contact information of the host supervisor, working hours, fellowship duration, and a brief summary of the project that the fellow will be working on.

3. Faculty Letter of Support 

The student’s Yale faculty advisor should provide a letter of support describing how the position will benefit the student’s academic trajectory. This letter should be sent by the faculty advisor directly to the OCS fellows Shi Shen and Zenan Wang. After receiving the letter from the student’s advisor, OCS will send it to the student’s DGS for approval and signature.

Advising & Support

If you would like to discuss ideas for projects and potential partner organizations, or if you just want to have an initial conversation about general opportunities for gaining professional experience, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with Hyun Ja Shin, Director for Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services, Danica Fisher, Assistant Dean for Diversity, or Matthew Tanico, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Life. 

If you have any questions about the fellowship program administration e.g., fellowship terms, eligibility, timelines and application, feel free to contact McDougal Fellows Shi Shen and Zenan Wang.

By Zenan Wang
Zenan Wang McDougal Career Fellow