Yale College Freshman Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences & Engineering

The Yale College Freshman Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences and Engineering seeks to promote the academic development of promising students through engagement in original scientific and engineering research projects.

The Freshman Summer Research Fellowship 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, and will participate in summer and academic year activities of the Freshman Summer Research Fellowship program, including journal clubs, seminars, symposia and dinners.

Eligibility and Application

Stipend support of $3440-$4300 is normally granted for a full time 8-10 week summer research experience. When necessitated by the academic objectives of the project, research experiences of shorter or longer duration or intensity may be considered for support at proportionate levels. In exceptional cases, support may be considered for other research-related expenses. Currently enrolled freshmen 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.

Applications for support must be submitted online through the Student Grants & Fellowships database.

  • Application deadline: March 24, 2015, 4:30pm
  • Information Session to be held Friday, February 6, 2015 at 2:00pm in LC 103.

Applications should include the following:

1) A completed application.

2) 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.

3) 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).

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

5) 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.