Application Information

STARS I Academic Year Program

STARS I application for AY24-25 will open on July 1, 2024 in the Yale Student Grants & Fellowships database, Yale Student Grants and Fellowships - Landing Page ( The application is rolling admissions - once we have accepted 200 qualified students, the application will be closed.  The final application deadline  is Wednesday, August 7, 2024 at 3:00pm ET. 

STARS II Academic Year Program

STARS II application for AY24-25 will open July 2024 in the Yale Student Grants & Fellowships database, Yale Student Grants and Fellowships - Landing Page ( The deadline is 3:00pm ET on Friday, September 20, 2024.

STARS Peer Mentors

The STARS I Program matches our STARS first-year students with upper-level students who serve as Peer Mentors to them during their first year at Yale.  Mentors help orient students to the different resources available to them as STARS scholars, especially the STARS study sessions. Peer Mentors help support the first-year cohort by offering advice and guidance and are, therefore, asked to meet with the first-years individually and as a group. Students interested in the mentor position must complete a STARS Peer Mentor application by 11:00pm, Friday, April 12, 2024. Selections will be made by the end of the spring ‘24 term.

STARS Summer Research Program

STARS Summer Program dates:  May 27 - July 26, 2024

  • Application deadline for Summer 2024 is  Friday, February 9, 2024 at 3:00pm ET
  • Securing a commitment to conduct summer research in a Yale lab is required before you apply to STARS Summer.

  • Include a copy of your transcript, including courses you intend to take in the spring. *Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

  • A letter of recommendation from the PI (lab head) is  required when you apply to the program. Instructions on what should be included in the letter can be found here.

  • Students selected for the STARS Summer Research Program will be asked to submit a Research Plan.  The plan must include the following (additional instructions will be provided with award notices):
  1. Background/Significance of your Research (1/2 – 1 page in length)
  2. Hypothesis (1 sentence)
  3. Research Aims (1/2 page in length)

    *Failure to submit your Research Plan by the deadline will result in a forfeit of your spot in the program.

The Yale STARS Summer Research Program does not accept applications directly from students enrolled at other universities.

For application questions please contact Donalee Slater at

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