Yale Science Scholars Program

The Yale Science Scholars Program seeks to promote the academic development of promising students through engagement in original scientific research.

The Yale Science Scholars Program provides support for a summer research experience under the supervision of a Yale faculty member. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated exceptional potential and commitment through their coursework and prior research experience, and to present a well-developed proposal for a research project with substantial pedagogic and scholarly merit.

Award recipients will perform research for 8-10 weeks (which should be consecutive and full-time, with no other commitment, such as employment or courses) under the supervision of a Yale University faculty member, and will participate in summer and academic year activities of the Yale Science Scholars Program, including journal clubs, seminars, symposia and dinners.

Eligibility and Application

Awardees will be selected from among currently enrolled sophomores and juniors. Applicants may be pursuing a degree in any major offered by Yale College, but must be proposing research in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science. Research must be supervised by a member of the Yale faculty (including the Graduate and Professional Schools), and will be conducted at Yale.

Science Fellowships Info Sessions

  • Monday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., SSS 405
  • Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 p.m-4:00 p.m., SSS 405
  • Tuesday, November 17, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., SSS 405
  • Thursday, November 19, 3:00 p.m-4:00 p.m., SSS 410

Workshop, Writing a Proposal for Science Fellowships

  • Wednesday, December 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., SSS 405
  • Friday, December 11, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., SSS 410

Application deadline: February 22, 2016.

*Final applications must be submitted online through the Student Grants & Fellowships database http://studentgrants.yale.edu/

Applications should include the following materials for summer 2016:

  • A description of the proposed research project.
  • A copy of the applicant’s transcript. An unofficial transcript is acceptable.
  • A CV/resume, including a description of relevant experience.
  • A recommendation letter from the proposed Yale 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. In addition, the proposed mentor should include a summary of current grant support and the potential availability.
  • Applicants are permitted but not required to provide an additional letter of reference from another individual (such as a previous research mentor) familiar with the applicant’s qualifications.