Graduate Scholarships and Studentships

Fox International Fellowship at Yale University

Purpose of the Scheme

To support outstanding students with demonstrated leadership potential for an academic year pursuing interests in: international relations and global affairs, economics, political science, law, environmental policy, public health, business and finance, management, and contemporary history.

Grants to Successful Applicants Include:

  • Round trip airfare
  • A stipend covering basic living expenses
  • Health insurance coverage

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Application Information

The College invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students of Sidney Sussex College for the Fox International Fellowships. Students from other Cambridge Colleges may also apply, but if they are successful they will be required to transfer their College membership to Sidney Sussex. These enable the holder to spend the academic year 2017-2018 at Yale University in the United States. The holder is not registered for a degree at Yale but has opportunity to take classes and seminars, to work with members of the Yale faculty, and to use all the facilities of the university. A stipend which covers living and travel expenses, plus health coverage and other benefits, are included in the award.

Successful undergraduate applicants will be those about to graduate from Cambridge, and their year at Yale functions as a gap year, often in preparation for further study in the UK or elsewhere. Successful graduate applicants are typically at work on doctoral projects at Cambridge which would benefit from exposure to material and scholars at Yale, and these holders are allowed to count their year at Yale as part of their PhD work, with suitable leave to work away from Cambridge having been obtained. However, those graduating from a Masters year are also eligible to apply but would need to demonstrate how the year in Yale will satisfy the selection criteria set out below.

Further information about the selection criteria are shown at the foot of this page and there are links above to both an application form and the Fox International Fellowships website. If you have any questions about the program or Yale please e-mail Julia Muravnik, Fox Fellowships and Student Grants Administrator, at the following address: julia.muravnik@yale.edu.

Your application must be made to the Graduate Tutors via the Graduate Office, Sidney Sussex College by 9am on Monday,  23rd January 2017. Please download and complete the application form and submit two copies. Please ask two academic referees to write to the Graduate Office at gradoffice@sid.cam.ac.uk directly by the deadline (these are your responsibility – the College will not chase up references which are not submitted or are late). For undergraduates these will normally be from your Director of Studies and another supervisor who knows you and your work well; for graduate students these will normally be from your current M.Phil or doctoral supervisor, plus one other academic referee who knows you and your work well (for recently arrived graduate students, it is permissible to have the second reference from your most recent previous degree).


Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated commitment to serious research, and a potential for leadership. The main objective of the program is to identify and help foster potential “citizen ambassadors” who will participate in guiding the world toward a more peaceful order, thus we are funding both the proposal and the “person.”
  • Competition is open to graduate and professional students, graduating graduate students and graduating seniors with a strong and specific research project in international relations and global affairs, environmental policy, public health, business and finance, social sciences, economics, political science, law, and contemporary history, with preference for topics of contemporary, applied and/or institutional relevance to enhancing the world’s peace and prosperity. The candidates may come from different disciplines and departments as long as their project focuses on a blend of one of these fields.
  • Students wishing to study at Yale must demonstrate proficiency in the English languageDue to the J1 visa restrictions, we will no longer accept applications without TOEFL or IELTS scores. This requirement is only waived for applicants from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction.

 * Please note that applications from international students proposing research projects in their country of origin are not eligible (ie, US citizens are not eligible to apply for a fellowship at Yale). We prefer to receive applications from students who have not spent a significant amount of time in the US previously.

** Please note that due to Congress-implemented changes to the US Health Care Law, from now on we will require students who are awarded the fellowship to submit a Health Assessment Form as part of the Yale Graduate School registration process. This will not require any additional steps on your part and the award coordinator at Yale will communicate with the awarded students directly about this.