FELLOWSHIP: Yale Fox International Fellowship, Dec 2016

The goal of the Fox International Fellowship is to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by promoting international scholarly exchanges and collaborations among the next generation of leaders. To accomplish this goal, the program seeks to identify and nurture those students who are interested in harnessing scholarly knowledge to respond to the world’s most pressing challenges. For these reasons, we especially welcome students enrolled in the social sciences and kindred disciplines in the professional schools. Yale University jointly pursues these aims with 19 of the world’s leading universities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. There are more than 500 alumni in the extensive Fox Fellowship network.

We seek applicants whose work has the potential to offer practical solutions to the problems which stand in the way of the world`s peace and prosperity. The fellowship focuses on such critical fields as: international relations and global affairs, law, environmental policy, public health, social sciences, economics, political science, business and finance, management, and contemporary history.
What is the Fox International Fellowship?

The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale and 19 world-renowned partner universities. Fox International Fellows are selected for their potential to become leaders in fields that are policy significant, historically informed, and socially meaningful. Such work is increasingly conditioned by the interdisciplinary and transnational character of knowledge and practice in the twenty-first century. Fellows’ research projects and academic interests reflect the areas toward which many of the world’s major decision-makers have gravitated, as well as those that have the potential to open new channels of debate.

Each Fox International Fellow receives robust support. In the short term, each Fox Fellow is expected to contribute to the academic and social life of the Fox exchange partner university. In the long term, each Fox Fellow is expected to have a positive impact upon the world and participate in national and international decision-making processes.

Fox International Fellows forge lasting links with their host institutions and peers from around the world. They gain a better understanding of their hosts by participating in cultural activities, deepening their abilities in the local languages, exploring and conducting fieldwork in the area surrounding their partner universities. Through the large, active Fox alumni network, Fellows continue to build relationships long after their work at their host institutions ends.

The Fox Fellowship, through scholarship and civic engagement, aims to enhance “mutual understanding” between the United States and the home countries of our partner universities in order to provoke and contribute to productive dialogue around complex challenges and to offer current and enduring solutions. Initiated at the end of the Cold War, the focus on peace and conflict in general and U.S./Soviet interaction has expanded to include a host of twenty-first century challenges in every world region such as prosperity and development, poverty alleviation, environmental degradation, resource stewardship, and human rights.

What do Fox International Fellows do?

Fox International Fellows undertake independent research in one of the focus fields for an academic year at one of the Fox exchange partner universities. They are doctoral students researching and writing their dissertations, or graduating masters students or graduating seniors who propose to work on a current project, an extension of a previous project, or suggest an entirely new avenue of enquiry. Fox International Fellows participate fully in the planned events and activities of the Fox Fellowship and become active member of the Fox alumni network. They are expected to report on their progress and activities throughout the year; and are often asked to present their research. Fellows also produce a Policy in Practice brief that translates their research into a digestible written piece for relevant stakeholders.   

Like Yale University, all of the Fox exchange partner universities have excellent resources for research scholars and Fellows are encouraged to make optimal use of the faculty, libraries, and archives that they offer. Fellows often audit classes or attend workshops and conferences at their host university in order to become acquainted with the academics working in their field, to support them during their residency or in their subsequent work.

Fellows are expected to develop opportunities that foster the aims of the Fellowship, including making connections with local researchers, governments, non-governmental organizations, and charities that help generate new research questions and yield important practical experiences. In the past, Fellows have visited national archives and participated in conferences in their host nation.

Fellows in residence at Yale attend orientation and functions throughout the year with the Fox family and the broader Yale, New Haven, and Connecticut communities.

The Fox International Fellowship is available for students of Yale University or from students of any of the Exchange Partner institutions in Fox International Fellowship network.


For Yale Students:

·         The Fox Fellowship is open to graduate and professional school students at Yale University.

·         Students in doctoral programs should be finished with their coursework and students in masters or graduate professional programs should have administrative approval to interrupt their course work.

·         Graduating masters and professional school students are eligible to apply.

·         Graduating seniors of unusual distinction and with clearly focused research may also be considered.

·         The Fox Fellowship places a strong emphasis on communicative competence in the host country language(s) to truly engage colleagues and establish long-term personal relationships with people from the Fox Partner University and the larger community of that University and the overall Fox alumni/ae network

For Fox Fellowship Exchange Partner Institutions:

·         Graduate level students pursuing Doctoral or Masters level degrees and graduating master’s level students are eligible.

·         Graduating bachelors’ level students of unusual merit and distinction may be considered but advanced, graduate level students are preferred.

·         The Fox Fellowship is not open to postdoctoral applicants and international student proposing projects in their home country are not eligible.

How to Apply:

·         Yale university students can apply on-line through the given link: https://yale.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx

·         For students at Fox Fellowship, exchange partner institutions can apply through the link: http://foxfellowship.yale.edu/apply/exchange-partners

Award Amount:

·         All Fellows at Yale receive the same award, which is commensurate with the level of funding received by doctoral students in the graduate school.

·         Awards include round-trip travel, accommodations in rental housing provided by the Fox Fellowship and a generous living stipend to cover expenses not already provided for by existing funds that you may have at your disposal. The Fellowship will also cover health insurance.

·         All fellows are also able to apply for grants from a research travel fund up to U.S.D $2000.

Application Deadline:

·         Application deadlines for Fox Fellowship exchange partner institutions are in January/February each year. Specific dates will be announced by each Fox partner university. Students accepted as Fox Fellows at Yale will be notified by mid-April. The Fellowship period is ten months, beginning in late August each year.

·         Application deadline for Yale University students is mid-January each year and accepted fellows will be notified by mid-April. The Fellowship period is ten months and begins in late August or at the start of the exchange partner an academic year.

Link for More Information:


All applicants are encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section before applying.

For applicants from Yale University, click here.

For students at Fox Fellowship exchange partner institutions, click here.

Originally published by: Yale Fox International

Yale Fox International