Without a doubt, all students and professionals have goals that they want to achieve. And, even if they have the necessary skills and knowledge, sometimes the economic situation is not favorable. That is why obtaining a scholarship or financial support can make a big difference and open doors to new experiences, knowledge, and even cultures.
So, if you are currently a Masters or Ph.D. student at one of the partner universities and looking to do research at Yale, this scholarship might interest you.
What is the Fox International Fellowship?
Fox International Fellowship is an academic exchange program between Yale and 20 world-renowned partner universities. Scholarship recipients conduct independent research for one academic year.
During this period, they are expected to contribute to the academic and social life of the university. Subsequently, they are expected to have a positive impact on the world and be active in knowledge production networks both nationally and internationally.
To this end, each year the partner universities hold an annual contest to receive applications and select and nominate their best students to be fellows at Yale.
With which universities do you have an agreement?
The universities that are exchange partners in this program and are located in Latin America are the following:
- University of San Andres, Argentina.
- University of São Paulo, Brazil.
- The College of Mexico, Mexico
Some other partner universities are:
- Yale University, United States.
- The Australian National University, Australia.
- The University of Melbourne, Australia.
- University of British Columbia, Canada.
- Fudan University, China.
A very important point to note is that you must be a student of one of the partner universities in order to apply for the scholarship.
What fields does the scholarship focus on?
This scholarship seeks students enrolled in social sciences and related disciplines. Therefore, the fields of focus are the following: international relations and global affairs, law, environmental policy, public health, social sciences, economics, political science, political theory, business and finance, administration, and contemporary history.
What is the nomination and selection process?
Students who may be nominated by the partner university must meet the following eligibility and selection criteria:
- Eligibility: Only Ph.D. or Masters level students are eligible, therefore this scholarship is not open to postdoctoral applicants. International students who propose projects in their country of origin will also not be eligible. Also, due to US visa restrictions, students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the partner institution for the entire duration of the scholarship.
- Personal characteristics: The candidate is expected to show commitment to research and leadership skills, as well as a civic commitment to the community in general.
- Strength of academic achievement: The candidate must demonstrate both excellence in course work as well as strong evidence of research ability in the field proposed as their project.
- Field of Focus: A strong and specific research project with a focus on any of the fields listed above is expected; with a preference for topics of contemporary, applied, theoretical, and/or institutional relevance to enhancing world peace and prosperity. Similarly, if the student’s study program comes from different disciplines, they remain eligible as long as the project focuses on one or more of the mentioned fields.
- Language skills: Obviously, in order to guarantee success in this experience, you must have the necessary language skills to communicate. Therefore, candidates are requested to provide recent TOEFL or IELTS scores that demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English.
The Yale Fox Fellowship selection committee then makes the final decision based on the following criteria:
- Quality of the research proposal
- Strength of academic achievement
- Demonstrated character and leadership potential
- Personal commitment to being a student doing academic work with the potential to offer practical solutions to problems that stand in the way of world peace and prosperity
What are the dates to send an application?
The deadlines to send your request are in January/February of each year. Each partner university has specific dates and guidelines, therefore it is important to contact the corresponding liaison for details on the application procedures and schedule. And, if accepted, you will be notified in mid-April.
What benefits does the scholarship offer?
Leaving aside that this scholarship allows you to access new experiences that will undoubtedly make you grow professionally and network, the benefits include round trips, lodging in rental housing provided by Fox Fellowship, health insurance, and a generous stipend of life to cover any other type of expenses. And if that’s not enough, all fellows can also apply for grants from a research travel fund of up to $2,000.
What is the duration of the scholarship?
The scholarship has a duration of 10 months, which begins at the end of August of each year and ends on May 31.
This scholarship is an excellent opportunity to participate in research at world-renowned institutions. So, if you study at any of the partner universities (in the case of Latin America, El Colegio de México, the University of San Andrés in Argentina, or the University of São Paulo in Brazil) and you meet the requirements described above, go ahead and apply! You still have time.