Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences & Engineering

The Yale College First-Year 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 First-Year 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 six consecutive weeks of the Entering Summer Research workshops.  They may also partake in summer and academic year activities of the First-Year Summer Research Fellowship program, including journal clubs, seminars, symposia and dinners.

Eligibility and Application

Stipend support of $4,300 is granted for 10 weeks minimum of summer research (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. Currently enrolled first-years 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 be conducted at Yale.

To view an example of a research proposal submitted for the Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship, click here.

Application deadline: Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:30pm

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

Applications should include the following materials:

  • 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. 
  • A second letter of reference is required.  The letter should speak to the applicant’s abilities and propensities to succeed in research, and can be from a previous PI (within or outside of Yale) or other mentor or professor.

Upcoming Information Sessions during the 2019-2020 AY

Summer STEM Fellowship Opportunities

  • Wednesday, October 2 - meet Dean Sandy Chang in the Stiles Dining Hall (table on the stage) from 5:00-6:30pm
  • Friday, October 4 - Dr. Alexia Belperron will discuss, International Fellowship Opportunities, in Silliman Dining Hall from 12:30-1:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 23 - meet Dr. Alexia Belperron in the Silliman Dining Hall from 11:45-12:45pm
  • Friday, November 1 - Dr. Alexia Belperron will discuss, How to Find a Lab, in LC 104 from 3:00-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 13 - meet Dean Sandy Chang in the Stiles Dining Hall (table on the stage) from 5:00-6:30pm
  • Wednesday December 4 - meet Dean Sandy Chang in the Stiles Dining Hall (table on the stage) from 5:00-6:30pm

How to Write a Research Proposal

  • Friday, November 15 - meet Dr. Alexia Belperron in LC 104 from 3:00-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 22 - meet Dean Sandy Chang in the Stiles Dining Hall (table on the stage) from 5:00-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 5 - meet Dean Sandy Chang in the Stiles Dining Hall (table on the stage) from 5:00-6:30pm