YSE External Funds Database

Outside Resources for Summer and Other Funds 

The YSE External Funds Database website has hundreds of external funding opportunties for students at the School.

Summer Funding Resources & Information

Use the Budget Guide as a resource to help define summer internship/research project needs. The Budget Guide is used primarily for the YSE Summer Fund, but can be used as a resource for other sources of funding you are applying to that require a budget. 

To receive your Yale School of the Environment Summer Fund Fellowship Award direct deposit you must complete the forms linked in the Yale Forms guide. Please follow the directions for either Domestic or International Student as the requirements are different.
The Yale Human Research Protection Program provides administrative and regulatory support to Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for social, behavioral and educational research known as Human Subjects Committee (HSC). Use the IRB decision tree to determine if your research is in need of Insitutional Review Board (IRB) approval. 

Assumption of Risk and Waiver

If awarded funding for international activity, all students complete the Assumption of Risk and Waiver form.

Tax Information

For U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent residents the link for tax information can be found here - https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/finance-and-business-operations/tax-compliance-and-planning/graduate-professional-students .

Non-U.S. citizens fellowship awards and grants that are not for tuition and required fees, for research/study in the U.S., are subject to 14% federal tax withholding (nonresident alien for tax purposes under F or J visa status), unless a tax treaty applies and reported on Form 1042-s at year end. If the research/study is conducted outside the U.S., there is no tax withholding or reporting requirement. 
Please contact Daysi Cardona, International Tax Coordinator, with questions at daysi.cardona@yale.edu.

Yale University Student Grants Database

250+ Grants & Fellowships Available — A comprehensive, searchable list of student grants and fellowships funded and/or administered by Yale. Most of these are available from Yale's schools, departments, programs and councils and are open only to Yale students, while others are national competitions to which Yale nominates candidates. For more information, please visit the Yale Student Grants and Fellowships Database. Deadlines to apply vary based on the award/fellowship process.

YSE Supplemental Summer Funds

The Yale YSE Supplemental Summer Fund provides partial funding to Yale School of the Environment students to support their required (YSE 006) summer experience. These supplements are made possible by a handful of donors and are administered through a Yale School of the Environment committee consisting of faculty and staff. Students can apply for this support through the Yale Student Grants Database.

The deadline to apply for these funds falls at the end of March, though the application can be completed as soon as a summer experience is accepted.

Berkley Conservation Scholars

Funding is provided to Yale School of the Environment students with a focus in engaging new communities in conservation; expanding the conservation toolkit; and ensuring the permanence of conservation gains. Preferred locations in U.S. land conservation organizations. 

The average award is $6,000 and up to 7 students may be awarded. The award process is managed by the Office of Career and Professional Development. Please download the Berkley Scholars Internship Award Application to learn more. 

The deadline to apply for these funds falls in March, though the application can be completed as soon as a summer experience is accepted.

Cameron Speth Fellowships

The Cameron Speth Fellowship provides funding for students from developing nations and Japan to carry out summer internships at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), two institutions founded by former YSE Dean Gus Speth.   Speth received the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan in 2002 and donated part of his award to the NRDC and WRI in honor of his wife, Cameron. One student at each organization will be awarded a fellowship for a 10 to 12 week internship over the summer. Fellowship award amounts are determined by and paid by each host organization.
Candidate eligibility and selection criteria:
  • Master's degree students are to come from developing countries or Japan.
  • Likely to contribute to environmental policy and program development in developing countries, and (have the) potential to reach others through future teaching and research, or as policymakers and/or program managers.
See job postings in YSE Next for more information on how to apply for the Speth Fellowship.

Edna Bailey Sussman Fellowship Program

Funding is provided to YSE students completing a summer internship at a U.S based charitable organization, business corporation, and governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels with a preferred focus in preservation of natural land resources, preservatin of wildlife, the control of pollution, or like subject matter. 

The internship must adhere to the following requirements:
  • The intern will not be utilized in sales, production, or any other capacity not directly related to the environment
  • The intern will not act as a lobbyist, nor will the host organization be one whose primary function is to lobby
  • The internship will occur in the U.S., Sussman will not fund internships outside of the U.S.

The Edna Bailey Sussman Trustees review applications and award students in March. Generally, a total of 4 awards will be given to YSE students. Awards range anywhere from $4,000-$6,000.

*A copy of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts will suffice.*

Hixon Center for Urban Ecology Student Research Fellows

The Hixon Center offers funding to YSE students that have a preferred focus in natural and social science research, education, & outreach projects on urban ecosystem restoration, urban forestry, and project related to pollution of air, water and soil in urban areas. Domestic is preferred. 

Awards range from $5,000 - $7,000 and up to 7 awards are given. The process is managed by Colleen Murphy-Dunning. 

Moran Fellowship

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic jointly organize the Moran Environmental Fellowship. The Fellowship supports a paid summer internship with the NRDC and is open to students at the Yale School of the Environment. This fellowship funds summer work across NRDC. Students should reach out to NRDC staff directly to seek out and apply for positions and apply for this Fellowship when a position is secured.

One award is given with an average award amount being $6,000. The deadline to apply for these funds falls in March, though the application can be completed as soon as a summer experience is accepted.
Students can apply through the Yale Student Grants Database.

Please email Maya Polan at maya.polan@yale.edu with questions.

MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale

The MacMillan Center's Fellowship, grant and award opportunities are available to Yale graduate students and are typically grouped by geographic area of proposed summer experience, with some exceptions. Application deadlines are based on the award and begin in mid-February. Students can apply through the Student Grants & Fellowships at Yale University.

Rosemary Ripley Family Fund

PURPOSE: The Rosemary Ripley Family Fund Internship promotes both business and conservation goals by enabling one or more Yale graduate and professional students to engage in a summer internship after their first year of study at Yale. Applications will be submitted in proposal form and may range widely in terms of purpose, place, and process by which the effort will move forward. Besides the general requirement to incorporate business and conservation/environment elements, these internships must also have a clear international component, i.e. conducting study in another country, with a preferable focus on emerging markets.
ELIGIBILITY: Any Yale graduate and/or professional student having at least one year of course work yet to complete. Open to all students, with preference given to students from emerging nations who wish to eventually return to their home countries for work.
AMOUNT OF AWARD: Up to two grants of $5,000 each to support a summer internship. These funds can be used for travel, living, research, or other purposes associated with the proposed project. Under the terms of the award, the recipient will initially receive $4,000. Once the post-project requirements are met (see below), the student will receive the balance of the grant ($1,000).

HOW TO APPLY: The deadline to apply for these funds falls in March, though the application can be completed as soon as a summer experience is accepted.

Tropical Resources Institute Endowment Fellowship

TRI's Endowed Fellowship Program provides funding for currently enrolled YSE masters and doctoral students to conduct research in tropical countries. These projects are interdisciplinary in nature and cover a wide range of issues that surround the study, management, and conservation of tropical resources. TRI supports both natural and social science research projects.

Awards range from $2,000 to $5,000 and approx. 20-30 awards are granted each cycle. The award process is managed by Simon Queenborough.

Additional fellowships are available that are dedicated to particular tropical regions. For more information go to the TRI Fellowships webpage. 

Urban Resources Initiative Internships

URI offers paid Greenspace and GreenSkills internships for graduate students at the Yale School of the Environment, as well as for New Haven high school students and ex-offenders. Enriched through group discussion, these community forestry internships provide job training and real-world practice while making positive changes in New Haven communities.

Basic requirements are:

  • Ability to complete physically demanding tasks
  • Commitment to leadership
  • Team-oriented spirit
  • Willingness to make positive change

For more information and to apply email our Associate Director, Chris Ozyck (christopher.ozyck@yale.edu

Ucross Western Resources Fellowships

The Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative (UHPSI) invites students to apply for research fellowships for the summer field season.  The Western Resource Fellowship (WRF) seeks applicants interested in issues pertinent to land management in the West. Ideal proposals will target high-impact biophysical or social questions with management implications for private land management in the West. In addition to a generous financial award, fellows will be given access to a broad network of partner organizations and properties across the mountain west, as well as technical, logistical, and publication support.
WRF awards range from $2,000 to $6,000. Fellows also receive a stipend covering attendance at the WRF summer retreat. Applicants are encouraged to apply for matching funds from other sources at Yale. In additional to financial support, fellows receive technical, logistical, and publication support throughout the field season and academic year.  

Application materials can be found at the High Plains Stewardship webpage.

The Wyss Conservation Scholarship Program

Funding is provided to YSE plus Yale “at-large” graduate students that have a preferred focus in land conservation in the following locations: Intermountain West; Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Oregon. 

The number of awards are 2 plus 1 'at large.'

Students can apply directly through the Yale Student Grants Database.

Please contact Lisa Bassani in Development and Alumni Relations for more information. 

Yale Sustainable Food Program's Fellowship

With generous support from Yale Alumni, the Yale Sustainable Food Program’s Global Food Fellowship supports the extracurricular study of food systems. Interested students should propose a plan of study, research or internship project which is innovative, pursuing ideas that could overturn the ecological, social, and economic deficiencies of today’s predominant food system.  Priority will be given to projects which:
  • Engage with a non-Yale community partner, and works with them to ensure the project meets an identified need;
  • Allow opportunity for hands-on practice, actively working to establish or operate a sustainable food enterprise;
  • Could support a long-term sustainable food career goal; or
  • Connect with a curricular interest at Yale

Fellows will have access to YSFP’s staff and resources, but will primarily be self-directed. Social Media progress reports will be due for public posting throughout the summer months. A final deliverable will be discussed and assigned with Awardees on a case-by-case basis. Awards generally range from $500 to $3,000.

To apply: Fellowship applications are welcomed from all Yale undergraduate and graduate students, including graduating seniors. To be considered, please apply through Yale’s Center for International and Professional Experiences’s Student Grants Database.

Questions? Please contact Jacqueline Munno (Jacqueline.lewin@yale.edu)
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