Yale World Fellows Program for Mid-Career Leaders

Deadline: 4 December 2013
Open to: mid-career emerging leaders who have distinguished themselves within their own professions, regions, countries, or at an international level
Fellowship: travel allowance, housing, healthcare, and a generous stipend to cover living expenses


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.


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.


Yale World Fellows do not pay tuition. For full participation in the Yale World Fellows Program for its duration, Yale provides Fellows with a travel allowance, housing, healthcare, and a generous stipend to cover living expenses. In addition, Yale pays for all costs associated with the educational and extracurricular aspects of the Program.


The application deadline for the 2014 Yale World Fellows Program is Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Sixteen fellows will be awarded with the fellowship.

Application for admission to the Yale World Fellows Program is an online process. There is no paper application for you to fill out or mail. After creating an account and accessing the online application HERE you may then begin to complete your application.  Prior to the deadline, you are able to work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready. You will have the ability to upload your documents and request your letters of recommendation once you register.

A complete application consists of:

  • The online application form (personal information, employment history and educational background)
  • A resume/CV
  • Two essays(500 word maximum each)
    • Essay 1: They are interested in learning more about your style of leadership. Please provide two examples that best demonstrate how you approach your role as a leader.
    • Essay 2: Discuss an issue of importance to you and your country, your community, or region and how you think progress on the issue could be achieved.
  • Three confidential letters of reference.  Letters should come from people familiar with your work and character.  They should comment on your abilities, your style of leadership, and your suitability for a Yale World Fellowship.  You will have the ability to designate your recommenders once you begin your begin your online application. Once you identify your recommenders they will each receive an e-mail providing instructions and access information.

Please note there is no application fee for applying to the Yale World Fellows Program. Selection criteria:

  • 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

Most questions about the Program and the application process can be answered by reviewing the common questions HERE.  If your question is unanswered, you may contact staff at applicant.worldfellows@yale.edu. For more information visit the official website HERE.

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