Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship & Rosenfeld Science Scholars Program

Both the Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship and the Rosenfeld Science Scholars Program seek to promote the academic development of promising students through engagement in original scientific research and provide fellowship support for undergraduate STEM research projects. 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. Clinical research projects will not be considered for funding. For those interested in doing basic research in mathematics, please consider applying to the Summer Undergraduate Math Research at Yale (SUMRY) program, https://sumry.yale.edu/sumry. Research must be 10 weeks minimum (which should be consecutive and full-time, with no other time commitment, such as employment or courses) and supervised by a member of the Yale faculty (including the Graduate and Professional Schools), and must be conducted at Yale University. In consultation with the research mentor, students are expected to generate a well-developed proposal for a research project with substantial pedagogic and scholarly merit. Students funded by either fellowship will be invited to participate in a research symposium to be held in early September 2019.   

A review committee consisting of Yale Professors and Deans will select qualified students for receipt of fellowships. Students with little or no prior research experience will be considered for the Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship. Last year, approximately 70 students received funding.

Students with significant prior research experience and demonstrated exceptional potential through their coursework (must have a 3.75 cumulative GPA or higher) will be considered for the Rosenfeld Science Scholars Program. Last year, 12 students were awarded the Rosenfeld Science Scholars’ fellowship.

To view an example of a research proposal submitted for the Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship and the Rosenfeld Science Scholars Program, click here.

Application deadline: Thursday, February 21, 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 Summer Opportunities, in the 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