GSAS Professional Experience (GPE) Fellowship

The GSAS Professional Experience (GPE) Fellowship is an exciting new initiative by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences that offers Ph.D. students the opportunity to work on meaningful projects in administrative offices across the university. This program is designed to expand opportunities for doctoral students to strengthen their professional skill set and broaden their career exposure by working with experienced administrators outside of their academic programs. In turn, by hosting a fellow, offices across Yale can take advantage of the diverse array of skills that Ph.D. students offer to advance their programming and projects.

Yale Host Offices, Fall 2022

Please check here for current open positions. Applications will be submitted through the Yale Career Link.

Here is the list of Fall 2022 fellowship host offices:

  • Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale
  • Yale College Dean’s Office
  • Yale Center for British Art
  • Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall
  • Faculty Research Management Services
  • Yale University Library
  • The Yale Review
  • Yale Peabody Museum
  • Yale Office of Strategic Analysis
  • Yale School of Medicine, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Women Faculty Forum
  • Yale Film Archive
  • Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Yale Office of International Affairs
  • Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
  • Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Yale Carbon Containment Lab
  • Yale Alumni Association
  • McDougal Graduate Student Center
  • Yale Office of Career Strategy
  • Whitney Humanities Center
  • Dwight Hall at Yale
  • Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications
  • Yale Alumni Magazine
  • Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale
  • The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Why Do a GPE Fellowship?

Whether or not you pursue careers within or outside the academy, the fellowship experience is designed to advance your professional development and career awareness.

Career Exploration:  Through a GPE Fellowship, you can gain exposure to academic administration as well as many professional roles found in organizations outside of academia, including: user experience research, exhibit design, journalism, corporate sustainability, finance, fund-raising, diversity initiatives, curriculum design, and event planning.

Mentoring:  You will have a unique opportunity to work closely with host mentors, many of whom also have PhDs, and may be able to participate in job shadowing and meetings with other members in university administration.  Through conversation and observation, you will expand your understanding of diverse functional roles, professional workplaces, and career transitions.

Skills Development:  If you would like to expand your professional skill set, the GPE Fellowship is for you!  Host organizations are looking for graduate students to help them with: Strategic planning; research; project management; program design and execution; communications; data analysis; best practices assessment…and more!

Fellowship Terms

  • Eligibility:  Fellows must be currently matriculated, Yale doctoral students in years 1-6* of their studies during the fellowship.
  • Term:  Fellows work at a Yale host organization under the guidance of the host mentor for 5-7 hours per week over the course of 13-15 weeks during the 2022 Fall term.
  • Stipend:  Fellows receive $1500 for 2022 Fall Term fellowships.
  • International students should consult with your OISS advisor to confirm eligibility.

Please note:  The GPE Fellowship does not count towards the fulfillment of your teaching requirement.  For more information on teaching requirements, please see the GSAS website.

* 7th-year students with COVID-related funding extensions from GSAS are eligible to apply.

Previous Fellowship Descriptions


This program is supported by the Graduate School and administered in collaboration with the Office of Career Strategy. Questions? Email McDougal Career Fellow Chelsea Xu or Zenan Wang.

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