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 during the summer, 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 normally 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 or applied sciences. 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.  It is expected that awards will be announced by the end of March.

  • Application deadline has passed

Applications should include the following:

1) A completed Yale Science Scholars Program application cover page.

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 is acceptable).

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

5) A confidential evaluation 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. In addition, the proposed mentor should include a summary of current grant support and the potential availability of grant funds to contribute to the student’s summer support.

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.