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Fox International Fellowship at Yale University

The College invites applications from graduate students of Sidney Sussex College for the Fox International Fellowships. Students from other colleges are also encouraged to apply, but successful applicants will be expected to transfer their membership to Sidney Sussex as a condition of taking up a Fellowship. The Fellowships enable the holders to spend the academic year 2019-20 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. 

Purpose of the Scheme

The Fox International Fellowship Program aims to identify and contribute to the education of outstanding students and identify “citizen scholar ambassadors” who, by virtue of their academic and extracurricular record, can be expected in the future to participate in guiding the world toward a more peaceful order.

By `citizen scholar ambassador` we mean a student whose research has strong policy relevance, who also possesses the ability to communicate with a wider audience and the potential to become a leader in or out of academia. Due to this, the Fox International Fellowship is awarded on account of both the research proposal and the personal leadership qualities of the candidate.  

With the aim of identifying these future leaders, Yale has partnered with 19 of the world’s leading universities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. There are already more than 500 alumni in the extensive Fox Fellowship network.

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Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility:  Graduate level students of Sidney Sussex College pursuing Doctoral or Masters level degrees. The Fox International Fellowship is NOT open to postdoctoral applicants. US citizens are not eligible to apply, unless they have citizenship of another country and have never studied (Undergraduate and Graduate level) in the US.

Selection criteria:

  • Personal characteristics.  Candidates must demonstrate commitment to serious research and a capacity for leadership and civic engagement.  


  • 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.


  • Language skills.  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. Candidates for the Yale International Fox Fellowships at Yale University must an excellent command of the English language in conversation, reading and writing.


Application Information

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 above.

Further information about the selection criteria are shown at this page and there are links 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 Tuesday, 12th of February 2019. Please download and complete the application form and submit preferably by email. 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). 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).