Fund Details
Henry Fellowship
Competition Type
Global/National - Yale Endorsement


The Charles and Julia Henry Fund supports one year of postgraduate study at Oxford or Cambridge and is not renewable. The award provides tuition, approved fees, a cost of living stipend, and a transatlantic travel grant.

The application process is coordinated through Fellowship Programs at the Yale Center for International & Professional Experience.

Application Information:

Note: The deadline by which members of the class of 2023 should apply for Yale's nomination for the Henry is 1pm on February 3, 2023.

Interested Yale applicants, after doing some research of their own may refer questions to Fellowship Programs at the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (
meetings by appointment).

Candidates must apply to the degree program of their choice at Cambridge or Oxford prior to submitting an application to the Yale College Henry Fellowship Committee. *Since certain popular programs fill up quickly, the Cambridge/Oxford application should be initiated early and must be completed well before the application deadline for the degree course of choice.

Applications should be submitted via the Henry/Mellon/Kings Common Application accessible via the 'Apply' link.  A completed application includes:

  1. A 1000-word personal statement.   Please describe your academic and other interests.  The statement should describe the specific area of proposed study and reasons for wishing to study at Oxford or Cambridge. If you are applying to a ‘taught’ program please describe how the courses are relevant to your objectives.  If you plan to pursue research, please outline your research proposal.
    2. Three letters of recommendation.  At least two of these letters should be from those who have taught you and/or supervised research.  The third letter may also be academic or from someone who can comment on character/leadership.  Either way, please choose people who know you well.
    3.  Résumé: No more than two pages long.
    4.  Transcript: unofficial Yale transcripts will be sufficient for the campus competition.  Please include any relevant transcripts from other universities attended.
    5.  Evidence of application to Oxford/Cambridge for the course of study proposed to begin the following autumn.
Following the campus application deadline, the Yale committee reads applications and interviews short-listed candidates (typically either just before or just after spring break). Decisions are announced shortly thereafter.

Special Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible are students who will have received a Yale bachelor's degree by the beginning of the immediately following academic year. Very strong preference is given to graduating seniors.

US and non-US citizens are eligible to apply.

Candidates must submit evidence of distinction in some recognized branch of learning; a high academic standard is required. In addition, candidates must present a definite plan of study or research to be carried out, and the proposed work must fall within the university facilities available at Oxford or Cambridge. The choice of subject of study is unrestricted, provided it meets with the approval of the British university that the Henry Fellow will attend. (Henry candidates are responsible for their own admission and placement; see Application Information.)

The Committee will consider only those candidates who will not receive additional financial assistance and who are prepared to give their whole time to the purpose of the Henry Fellowship, i.e., study, active participation in the social and extracurricular life of the college in addition to academic work, and travel.

Restrictions to Use of Award:

This award is only for one year of postgraduate degree study at either Cambridge or Oxford.  It may not be deferred, extended, or combined with other awards (although Henry Fellows proposing degree courses of more than one year may--and indeed should--seek funding to support their studies after the first year).

Links to Additional Information:

  1. Learn more about postgraduate study in Britain and UK fellowships
  2. Yale Fellowships application advice
  3. Book a Fellowships advising appointment
  4. University of Cambridge website
  5. University of Oxford website

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Rebekah Westphal at

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            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            2/03/2023 1:00 PM