Summer Internship and Research Project Funding
Yale University Student Grants Database
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
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
Applications due Thursday, March 10, 2023 at 1 p.m. EST through Yale Student Grants Database.
Berkley Conservation Scholars
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
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
Awards range from $5,000 - $7,000 and up to 7 awards are given. The process is managed by Colleen Murphy-Dunning.
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 email@example.com with questions.
MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale
Rosemary Ripley Family Fund
DEADLINES AND SUBMISSION: Submit your proposal, budget, and recommendation letters as one .pdf file via e-mail to Maya Sanyal (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 (email@example.com)
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.email@example.com) or Kristin Floyd (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
Assumption of Risk and Waiver
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 (email@example.com), International Tax Coordinator, with questions.