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 is  4 p.m. EST, Friday, March 31, 2023 (unless otherwise noted). Application can be completed as soon as a summer experience in accepted.

YSE Environmental Justice Student Research Fellowship

The Yale Center for Environmental Justice awards student fellowships to support Masters and Doctoral research focused on environmental justice. Grants of up to $5000 are awarded competitively each year to eligible students. Recognizing that the field of environmental justice is broad and multidisciplinary, we welcome proposals from students across disciplines interested in researching a range of issues significant to social and environmental justice. Environmental Justice Student Research Fellowships are open to Masters or Doctoral students at the Yale School of the Environment or a joint program with YSE.

Applications due Thursday, March 10, 2023 at 1 p.m. EST through Yale Student Grants Database

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 $9,000, 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. 

How to apply: This application is NOT posted in the Student Grant Database. Please send the completed application to maya.sanyal@yale.edu. Please include a relevant subject line.

The deadline to apply for these funds is 4 p.m. EST, March 31, 2023, Friday. 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.
Please review application details via YSENext as well as in attachment above.
Deadline: NRDC: March 30; WRI: March 20. Please see grant details.   

Please note that both positions require direct applications, and are not through the Students Grants Database.

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 is March 28, 2023, 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 Kevin Doyle at kevin.doyle@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 Yale Student Grants Database.

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: One grant of $6,000 to support a summer internship. Funding 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 80% of the grant. Once the post-project requirements are met (see below), the student will receive the 20% balance.

DEADLINES AND SUBMISSION: Submit your proposal, budget, and recommendation letters as one .pdf file via e-mail to Maya Sanyal (maya.sanyal@yale.edu) no later than 5:00 pm on March 31, 2023. Please include “Rosemary Ripley Family Fund Award Application, 2023” in the email subject line.

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 High Plains Stewardship Initiative’s Western Resources Fellowship

This fellowship is a student-driven query involving research, an internship, or management project during the summer. Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative at YSE provides fellows with a financial award, logistical assistance, and mentorship to aid with a summer experience that will have a high impact on conservation, stewardship, or management of natural resources in the Rocky Mountain or High Plains regions. This program supports Yale graduate and undergraduate students completing a summer work that will provide them with practical experience, leadership skills, and/or research experience that will prepare fellows for their future careers. A financial award of up to $8,000 will be granted to each fellow. Fellows will actively participate in peer mentoring with other fellows and will receive guidance from UHPSI staff during the summer.

Please visit the Highplains Stewardship website to learn more about student expectations, application materials, and evaluation criteria.

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

The Global Food Fellowship sponsors the academic and extracurricular study of food systems beyond Yale University’s campus. It offers the opportunity to bring place-based practice and participant observation into examining multiple levels of food systems.

All Global Food Fellowships should be grounded in a guiding question, which seeks to explore ideas that could overturn the ecological, social and economic deficiencies of today’s predominant food systems. Inquiries should engage critically with approach and methodology, reflect upon the student’s positioning in the research, acknowledge the context-dependency of the place and topic, and prioritize “principles over recipes” for food systems solutions.

Recipients are required to write a one-page reflective essay and present their work as a part of the YSFP’s knead 2 know series. Graduating seniors who cannot return to campus will prepare a 10-slide photo essay, or other agreed upon deliverable in lieu of a presentation. All fellowships come with mentorship and support from YSFP staff and our extended community of friends and alumni.

Fellowship applications are open from January 1st through March 16th. All Yale undergraduate and graduate students, including graduating seniors, are welcome to apply. To do so, please search “Global Food Fellowship” in the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience Student Grants Database.

For more info about Yale Sustainable Food Program, visit their website.

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

Mobley Family Environmental Humanities Summer Student Research Grants

The Mobley Family Environmental Humanities Program in YSE is pleased to invite proposals for student research projects to be carried out in Summer 2023. These grants are intended to support research on the humanistic dimensions of human-environment relations, which might otherwise not be supported by funding sources either within YSE or elsewhere on campus. Projects involving film, photography, performing arts, visual arts, audio/podcasts, online communication, etc. also will be considered. The Program typically awards a half dozen fellowships of $2,000 - $4,000. Applicants are expected to apply to other funding sources as well.

The deadline to apply is March 4, 2023, 11.55 p.m. EST. Proposals are accepted through the Yale Student Grants Database. Please contact Michael Dove (Michael.dove@yale.edu) or Kristin Floyd (kristin.floyd@yale.edu) with questions.

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

COVID-19 Information: Travel Policy

If you are planning to travel, please frequently refer to the university policies regarding COVID-19. Updated information can be found on the COVID-19 Information webpage.

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: 2020 Tax Guide for U.S. Graduate & Professional School Students & Postdoctoral Fellows at Yale University.

Fellowship awards and grants for non-U.S. citizens that are not for tuition and required fees, and are 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 is 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. More information can be found at the International Tax Office webpage. Please contact Daysi Cardona (daysi.cardona@yale.edu), International Tax Coordinator, with questions. 
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