The Yale World Fellows Program

Country: USA;

Deadline: 05.12.2012



The Yale World Fellows Program seeks applications from mid-career emerging leaders who have distinguished themselves within their own professions, regions, countries, or at an international level.  Successful applicants uniformly possess the extraordinary qualities of mind and character that strong leadership requires.  Candidates for the Fellowship must demonstrate themselves to be driving forces for action or effective catalysts of change.  In significant ways and in significant arenas, each must show promise of a career trajectory of increasing responsibility and impact.  World Fellows are selected from a wide range of fields and disciplines including government, business, nongovernmental organizations, religion, the military, media, and the arts.  A selection committee aims to assemble a Fellowship group that is diverse, geographically balanced, and representative of a wide range of professions, talents, and perspectives.   To learn more about the mission of the Program, please click here



Criteria for selection include:


  • An established record of extraordinary achievement and integrity;
  • Commitment to engagement in crucial issues and to making a difference at the national or international level;
  • Promise of a future career of leadership and notable impact;
  • Special capacity for critical, creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic thinking;
  • Likelihood to benefit from participation in the Program and to contribute to global understanding at Yale;
  • Commitment to a rigorous program of activities, to full-time residence at Yale for the duration of the program, and to mentoring students and speaking frequently on campus



Applicants must:


  • be in the mid-career stage, at least five and typically not more than twenty years into their professional careers, with demonstrated work accomplishments, and a clear indication of future contributions and excellence.  The average age of a World Fellow is 38, though there is no minimum or maximum age limit;
  • have an excellent command of the English language and be able to speak, read, and write in English fluently;
  • be a citizen of and reside in a country other than the United States



Preference may be given to candidates who have not had extensive educational or work experience in the United States, particularly at Yale.


The Yale World Fellows Program does not accept full-time students or full-time academics and does not award an academic diploma of any kind. The fellowship is designed for practitioners. If your primary occupation is student or scholar and you are interested in spending time at Yale,


please directly contact the academic department


that most closely aligns with your interests.


If you feel you would be a strong candidate for the Yale World Fellows Program and wish to start an application, please click here to begin.

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