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The gap year refers to a period of time, usually one or two years after graduation, when students take a break from education to work or volunteer before continuing with graduate/professional school or starting a longer-term job. These short-term experiences help students explore career paths and gain experience. In some cases, these experiences will turn into longer-term.

Tip: Think about your motivation: Why do you want to take a gap year or two? Have you thoroughly thought about how this might fit with your future goals?

Define your goals: Are you interested in expanding your resume, living independently, clarifying your interests, or experiencing a different culture?

Research: What are your options?

Plan ahead: Planning ahead is useful in order to avoid missing deadlines for applications or fellowships. Give yourself ample time to update any international travel documents you may need, save money, or book trips in advance.

To help you explore a variety of options, we created the following list of resources commonly used by Yale students and alums. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list; we intend for you to use it as a starting point and not as an end point.

For additional short-term opportunities, look at your specific career fields of interest in the career resources database, the Health Professions page, and Yale's Fellowship and Funding website. You can also meet with an OCS advisor to further discuss your options.

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Gap Year Resources


Parker Huang Fellowship

Supports a year (ten to twelve months) of study, research, or work abroad. The Fellowships are awarded each year to students who plan to study or work in non-English-speaking countries. The awards are intended to support either advanced language study beyond the intermediate level (begun at Yale or elsewhere) or study/work/research (in the language of the host country) focusing on socio-cultural issues in the host country. For Yale students ONLY.

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship prepares current students or recent graduates for a lifetime of social justice advocacy. Working closely with the AIDS United Policy Department, Zamora Fellows gain a professional understanding of HIV, advocacy, and public policy and practical advocacy experience in a supported environment.

Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

An experience in basic and translational research for recent college graduates

Post-Bachelor Forensic Investigation Program

Mission: The Post-Bachelor Forensic Investigation program is to provide enhanced quality learning experiences through classroom didactics, special topics, directed studies, and internships for individuals whose professional backgrounds interface with disciplines within forensics, healthcare, criminal justice and medicolegal arenas.

Postbaccalaureate Prehealth Studies

New York University’s postbacc program is known for its supportive atmosphere, excellent faculty, and personalized curriculum. Our program is designed for career-changers: students who have not yet taken the sciences and have decided to pursue a career in medicine, veterinary studies, dentistry, or other health careers.

Princess Grace Foundation Grants

The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development. Working in conjunction with nominating schools and non-profit companies, Princess Grace Awards recognize the talent of individual artists in theater, dance, and film. This unique collaborative process fills vast voids in the artistic community: scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships give emerging artists the financial assistance and encouragement to focus on artistic excellence; monetary support for the nominating organizations eases fundraising challenges, directing resources toward the creative process.

Princeton in Africa

Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college graduates with organizations working across Africa for yearlong service placements. Our program is open to graduating seniors and young alumni from any college or university accredited in the U.S. Our Fellows have helped improve education and public health, source fresh water and alternative energy, increase family incomes, and so much more.

Princeton in Asia

We aim to foster mutual appreciation and cultural understanding by connecting service-minded graduates and partner organizations in Asia through immersive work experiences that transform perspectives, cultivate long-lasting relationships and benefit local and global communities. PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations that contribute to important global issues at the local level: education, public health, environmental sustainability, access to information/media, economic development and social justice.

Princeton in Latin America

Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations and places highly qualified recent college graduates in year-long service fellowships with nonprofit, public service, humanitarian, and government organizations in Latin America and Caribbean.

Private Prep

Private Prep is committed to creating a collaborative work environment that supports team members in taking ownership over their responsibilities, offering the freedom to make impactful decisions in real-time. Our family atmosphere was built on open and honest communication coupled with a shared passion to build meaningful careers and fulfilling lives.

Pro Fellows - Arts Fellowships

The extensive Pro Fellows database, filtered for arts related listings.