Yale World Fellows Program
Deadline: 14 January 2011
There are two primary aspects to the World Fellows’ experience on campus. First, the Fellows participate fully in a specially designed academic curriculum that advances their critical-thinking and leadership skills. Second, the Fellows become teachers and mentors by deepening the understanding of the entire Yale community about the complexity and diversity of the world. They guest lecture in classes, meet with student groups, deliver campus-wide lectures, and contribute to informal dialogue and learning across the campus.
The Yale World Fellows spend the fall semester (typically 17 weeks) on Yale’s campus, roughly from mid-August through mid-December. They arrive two weeks prior to the start of classes for an extended orientation program designed to introduce them to the University, to the city of New Haven, and, most importantly, to one another. The specially designed World Fellows Seminar begins during this period and continues through the remainder of the semester.
Once the semester officially begins, Fellows become engaged in a vast array of activities, some of which recur on a weekly basis and some of which are ad hoc. Regular, weekly activities include the World Fellows Seminar, skill-building sessions, weekly panel discussions (the Hot Coffee, Hot Issues series), and Monday night dinners with distinguished speakers. For more detail on all of these, please visit Curriculum. Fellows also take individually selected, semester-long courses – dependent entirely on each Fellow’s specific interests – that meet regularly each week.
Assisted by Program staff, Fellows are expected to build an on-campus network of faculty and student relationships that lead to frequent speaking engagements, both formal and informal. Each Fellow is affiliated with one or more of the MacMillan Center Councils and is encouraged to work with them to identify speaking opportunities and other modes of cooperation. Each Fellow is affiliated with an undergraduate residential College and assigned two undergraduate Student Liaisons and two graduate-level Student Affiliates, and is expected to find ways to share his or her experiences with as many students as possible.
Furthermore, the Program organizes and sponsors multi-day trips to New York and Washington for the Fellows each fall for meetings with key representatives of business, government, foundations, the media, international organizations, the diplomatic community, and University alumni. In keeping with the aims and mission of the Program, these trips serve to enrich the Fellows’ understanding of US and international institutions, inspire dialogue on critical global issues, create networking opportunities, and expand the reach of the Program’s institutional relationships.
WHO MAY APPLY
The Yale World Fellows Program seeks applications from mid-career emerging leaders who have distinguished themselves within their own professions, regions, countries, or at an international level. Successful applicants uniformly possess the extraordinary qualities of mind and character that strong leadership requires. Candidates for the Fellowship must demonstrate themselves to be driving forces for action or effective catalysts of change. In significant ways and in significant arenas, each must show promise of a career trajectory of increasing responsibility and impact. Yale World Fellows are selected from a wide range of fields and disciplines including government, business, nongovernmental organizations, religion, the military, media, and the arts.
Criteria for selection include:
An established record of extraordinary achievement and integrity;
Commitment to engagement in crucial issues and to making a difference at the national or international level;
Promise of a future career of leadership and notable impact;
Special capacity for critical, creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic thinking;
Likelihood to benefit from participation in the Program and to contribute to global understanding at Yale;
Commitment to a rigorous program of activities, to full-time residence at Yale for the duration of the program, and to mentoring students and speaking frequently on campus.
STIPEND AND LIVING ARRANGEMENTS IN NEW HAVEN
In addition to underwriting all program and educational costs, Yale provides Fellows with housing and a travel allowance, as well as a stipend of $32,500 to cover living expenses. The World Fellows Program does its best to assist with arrangements for Fellows who are joined in New Haven by a spouse or dependent minors for the duration of the Program.
Having a family accompany a Fellow to New Haven for the duration of the Fellowship is a decision that should be made only after serious consideration and discussion with the Program staff. While the families of some Fellows have lived full-time in New Haven for the four months of the Program, the majority of World Fellows with families – especially those with children – find it considerably easier and more convenient to have their family members come for shorter visits. Spouses and partners with career flexibility do often come to New Haven for longer stretches, and it is sometimes possible for them to be included in a small number of World Fellows activities. More complicated is the important decision regarding whether or not to bring children. Placing school-age children into schools in New Haven is a complex and competitive process. Program staff can provide information and some assistance in making school arrangements; however, there is no guarantee that schools in the Yale University area will have the necessary openings. Placing younger children into daycare centers can also present challenges. Fellows wishing to bring young children to New Haven must have full-time care arrangements for them. Fellows are occupied for many hours each day, including many evenings. In all cases, the Fellow must consider the intensive nature and significant demands of the Program, as well as the impact that long days and evenings will have on a partner and/or children.
Telephone, Fax & Email
Telephone: +203 432 1910
Facsimile: +203 432 1913
Yale World Fellows Program
P.O. Box 208360
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-8360 USA
Yale World Fellows Program
393 Prospect Street, 2nd Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06511-2252 USA