Yale Graduate Impact Fellowship for the Humanities

Program Overview

The Yale Graduate Impact Fellowship (YGIF) invites applications from graduate students who wish to pursue an external internship or part-time position related to their academic research. The program provides funding for positions that would otherwise be unpaid. Students may apply to existing opportunities, but are particularly encouraged to design their own positions in conversation with a relevant organization. This is a great opportunity to discover connections between academic research and local organizations. 

See this OCS guide for more detailed advice on designing your own internship or part-time position. In general, self-designed positions can be particularly beneficial for both the host organization, which gains a skilled employee to work on new and/or urgent projects at no cost, and for the student, who gains valuable skills, knowledge, and professional experience while furthering their academic work. Positions can be either in-person in the New Haven area (depending on public health conditions) or remote. 

Fellowship Timeline

The first fellowship program Positions may be full-time if they are contained within the summer months, or may be part-time at no more than 10 hours/week, lasting up to 16 weeks total. Part-time positions may begin at any time and may overlap with the academic year, with the specific dates determined by the scheduling needs of the student and the host organization.

Fellowship Review and Selection Process

All proposals should describe the proposed position (to have been discussed with the host organization ahead of time), including the nature of activities involved and any specific projects to which the student will contribute. The proposal should also make a case for the position’s relevance for the student’s intellectual trajectory and research interests. Proposals will be reviewed by Katie Lofton, FAS dean of humanities. 

Application Materials

All applications will be submitted via Yale Career Link. To apply, please prepare the following materials-

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A cover letter of no more than two pages explaining the nature of the position (including whether it is in-person or remote) and how it fits into the student’s academic and professional trajectory
  • A letter from the prospective host expressing interest in the student’s participation, providing any additional details about the role and providing the name and contact information for the person who will supervise the student during their time with the organization
  • An emailed letter of support from the student’s faculty advisor or DGS describing how the position will benefit the student’s academic trajectory, sent separately to the OCS fellows Shi Shen and Zenan Wang

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 or Brian Frenette, the OCS specialty advisors for PhDs and postdocs. You can make an appointment via Yale Career Link, or see the Meet with OCS page.

For inspiration and ideas, you can read stories from Duke students who participated in a similar program (and see a full list of recent Duke internships here). The University of Chicago also provides funding for students working with organizations related to their academic research, and you can see a list of their placements here.


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