The Domestic Summer Award provides a stipend of $4,000 for Yale College first-years, sophomores, and juniors on Yale financial aid with a secured, approved unpaid or underfunded ($1500 or less) summer opportunity with one of the following: 501(c)(3) nonprofit including non-profit Universities; government entity including public Universities; non-governmental organization (NGO); Arts Apprenticeship; or Science, Laboratory, or Other Research Opportunity.
Who is Eligible?
- First-year, sophomore, or junior enrolled in Yale College.
- First-time recipient of the DSA.
- Secured an eligible summer opportunity.
- Recipient of Yale financial aid that includes Yale aid for the spring term leading up to the DSA summer.
Students on a Leave of Absence and Yale ROTC students may be eligible – email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
International students interested in using the DSA must contact the Office of International Students & Scholars to discuss any needed work authorization.
Which opportunities are eligible?
- Certified 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, including a non-profit University or NGO. Confirmation of eligibility is required through Guidestar.
- Local, state, federal, or tribal government, including public Universities.
- Arts Apprenticeship, an established, formal mentoring relationship with an artist/creator within an artistic field: visual arts, theater and performance arts, creative writing, architecture and design, music, filmmaking and media arts.
- Science, Laboratory, or Other Research, an established, formal mentoring relationship with a faculty member or research staff member at a public or non-profit University, including Yale University, or other non-profit or public entities.
The DSA Application
The DSA is not competitive. Applicants who are DSA-eligible and have secured a DSA-eligible opportunity will receive the $4,000 DSA.
- Application Deadlines: April 1 (Early Action); May 1 (Final)
Locate the application: Log into Yale Career Link, and select “Professional Experiences” located on the left-hand side of the screen. Each DSA application requires a Host Verification Form (located within the application) that is completed, and signed by, the supervisor/mentor.
Advice from OCS: Apply for Yale Fellowships simultaneously as the DSA can be combined with other funds if the student’s budget warrants the need.
- Located within the U.S. or its territories.
- Unpaid or underfunded ($1500 or less)
- At least 30 hours/week, for at least 8 weeks over the summer months. The 8-weeks does not have to be continuous if the supervisor/mentor agrees. If longer than 8 weeks, there is no additional funding through the DSA.
- A supervisor who will provide regular supervision and mentorship throughout the summer. The supervisor must have a permanent connection to the organization, and it cannot be another student.
Application Review Process
Once received, DSA applications take up to 20 business days for review. Students will be contacted if additional time is needed, or if there is a question about their application.
- If approved, applicants will receive an email from OCS.
- If not approved, an email will be sent explaining the reason. Eligible students can submit an alternative DSA application before the deadline.
- Disbursement of funds will be made available for pick-up from the Office of Career Strategy, in the form of a check, beginning in April.
Visit our DSA -Frequently Asked Questions Page.
Under federal tax law, a scholarship or fellowship provided to a student in a degree granting program is generally taxable. If you are a candidate for a degree, however, you can exclude from taxable income that part of the award used to pay the costs of tuition, required fees, books, equipment and supplies (required fees, books, equipment and supplies are limited to those specifically required of all students in a course). You cannot exclude from taxable income any part of the grant used for other purposes, such as room and board. Please refer to IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Higher Education, Section 1, Scholarship, Fellowships, Grants and Tuition Reductions and the IRS tax guide for students, Taxable Income for Students. While CIPE cannot offer tax advice, the IRS Tax Office on Court Street does offer free tax advice to students.
Find tips on budgeting, taxes, and other financial considerations: Financial Literacy: Managing Your Money at Yale.