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 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.
Upcoming Info Sessions and Workshops
Summer STEM Fellowships: How to find a Mentor
- Wednesday, October 31, 11:45-12:45pm, Silliman Dining Hall *Dr. Alexia Belperron
- Wednesday, November 14, 5:00-6:30pm, Ezra Stiles Dining Hall (stage in back of dining hall) *Dean Sandy Chang
- Wednesday, December 5, 5:00-6:30pm, Ezra Stiles Dining Hall (stage in back of dining hall) *Dean Sandy Chang
Summer STEM Fellowships: How to Write a Proposal
- Monday, December 10, 11:30-12:30pm, SSS (1 Prospect Street) room 22 *Dr. Alexia Belperron
- Wednesday, January 23, 5:00-6:30pm, Ezra Stiles Dining Hall (stage in back of dining hall) *Dean Sandy Chang
Application deadline: 11:30pm on March 7, 2019
*Applications must be submitted online through the Student Grants & Fellowships database, http://studentgrants.yale.edu/
Applications should include the following materials for summer 2019:
- 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.