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Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences and Engineering
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The Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences & Engineering program provides support for a summer research experience under the supervision of a Yale faculty member. Applicants are expected to have laid an appropriate foundation through their coursework and to present a well-developed proposal for a research project with substantial pedagogic and scholarly merit.

Award recipients will perform research during the summer of 2022 and participate in the Entering Summer Research workshops. They may also take part in summer and academic year activities of the First-Year Summer Research Fellowship program, such as journal clubs, seminars, symposia and dinners.

Stipend support of $4,300 is normally granted for a full-time 10 week summer research experience. Currently enrolled first-years proposing research in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science are eligible to apply. Research must be supervised by a member of the Yale faculty (including the Graduate and Professional Schools), and will normally be conducted at Yale. *NOTE: If you applied for and received the Yale College First-Year Fellowship last summer, you are not eligible to apply again.  Please apply for the Yale College Dean's Summer Research Fellowship.

Application Information:

Applications are due Thursday, March 10, 2022 by 3:00pm and must include the following:

1) A detailed description of the proposed research program, including the research and training objectives, and how the proposed research and participation in other program activities will prepare the applicant for further study in his or her field of interest.

2) A copy of the applicant’s transcript (an “unofficial” copy or academic record printed from the web or obtained in the applicant’s residential college dean’s office is acceptable).

3) CV/resume and a detailed description of previous research experience.

4) A letter of recommendation from the proposed faculty mentor, including evaluation of the qualifications and potential of the student, the scholarly and pedagogic merits of the proposed project, the student’s role in the development of the proposal, and a detailed plan for the supervision of the project.

5) A second letter of recommendation is required.  The letter should speak to the applicant's abilities and propensities to succeed in research, and can be from a previous PI (within or outside of Yale) or other mentor or professor but should not be from the same lab as your proposed mentor.

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Special Eligibility Requirements:

Currently enrolled first-years are eligible to apply.

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Restrictions to Use of Award:

Research must be supervised by a member of the Yale faculty (including the Graduate and Professional Schools). For the sciences, research is normally conducted at Yale.

Your project is expected to be your sole, full-time commitment for an  uninterrupted period of at least 10 weeks. Awardees may not undertake any other  projects, courses or employment during this time.

Links to Additional Information:

Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences & Engineering

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Donalee Slater at

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          • U.S. citizens are eligible
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            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            3/10/2023 3:00 PM