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Fox International Fellowship at Yale University

Purpose of the Scheme

To support outstanding students whose work will contribute to problem-focused, practical solutions and who focus their research on these designated fields: international relations and global affairs, law, environmental policy, public health, social sciences, economics, political science, business and finance, management, and contemporary history, as such research relates to the world’s peace and prosperity. 

Grants to Successful Applicants Include:

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

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Application Information

(Note: application information for 2019-20 round will be updated in November 2018.)

The College invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students of Sidney Sussex College for the Fox International Fellowships. These enable the holder to spend the academic year 2018-19 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:

Your application must be made to the Graduate Tutors via the Graduate Office, Sidney Sussex College by 9am on Monday, 22nd January 2018. Please download and complete the application form and submit two copies. Please ask two academic referees to write to the Graduate Office at 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

  • Personal characteristics: Candidates must demonstrate commitment to serious research and a capacity for leadership and civic engagement. 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.”
  • Field of focus: Candidates should be engaged in a relevant social science (including political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology and geography) or humanities discipline (including philosophy, history and law). Training in some type of substantive interdisciplinary fields such as business/management, public administration, international relations, environmental policy and public health are especially attractive. Preference is given to topics with contemporary policy relevance to enhancing the world’s peace and prosperity.
  • Candidates wishing to study at Yale must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. The candidate’s language skills must be sufficient both to succeed in their research project and to engage in the intellectual and social community of the host university. Due to the J1 visa restrictions,  applications without TOEFL or IELTS scores will no longer be accepted. 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.

and Julia Muravnik will communicate with the awarded students directly about this.