Many of our M.A. students receive some level of fellowship support from the Jackson Institute or other sources at Yale. These fellowships cover all or a portion of the cost of tuition. Some fellowships also provide a stipend for living expenses.

Applicants for admission to our M.A. program are automatically considered for all Jackson Institute administered fellowships for which they are eligible. Unless otherwise noted no separate application is required.  

Jackson Institute Fellowships

General Merit Fellowships

These fellowships are awarded to incoming students based on academic promise and merit. Typical levels of fellowships range from half to full tuition, with some also providing a stipend for living expenses.  Funding for general merit fellowships is provided by the following:  

  • Neal Blue Fellowships
  • Gager Family Fellowships
  • Donald Legarde and Marion McNulty Jackson Memorial Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • Henry R. Luce Fellowships
  • Hugo de Neufville Graduate Fellowship Fund 
  • Jackson Institute Fellowships
  • University Fellowships

International Fellowships 

In addition to academic merit, some Jackson Institute Fellowships are also awarded based on a student’s country of origin.

  • Abel Halpern and Helen Chung Halpern Fellowship: Awarded to an incoming student from Brazil or other Latin American country. Provides full tuition and a stipend for living expenses.
  • Pierre Keller Fellowship: Awarded to an incoming student from a European country with a strong preference for a student from Switzerland. Provides funding toward tuition.
  • Kwok Fellowship (or Yale Kwok Scholarship) for Graduate Students from Hong Kong or mainland China: Awarded to a student from Hong Kong and/or mainland China. Provides full tuition and a stipend for living expenses. Read more about Kwok Scholars.
  • Russian Fellowship for Graduate Students at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs:  Awarded to an incoming student from Russia.  Provides full tuition and a stipend for living expenses.
  • Lei Zhang Fellowship:  Awarded to a student from China. Provides full tuition and a stipend for living expenses.

 Service Fellowships

  • C.E. and S. Foundation Military or Other National Service Fellowship:  Awarded to a current or recent ranking military officer or a civilian with impressive national service experience.   Provides full tuition and a stipend for living expenses.
  • Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program: Awarded to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who apply as a Coverdell Fellow. To be considered, interested RPCVs upload a 500 word-max Peace Corps Fellowship Statement to the online application, indicating how the fellowship fits into their academic and professional plans. Fellows receive a minimum award of $5,000 and complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community. For more information on the Coverdell Fellows Program, visit the Peace Corps website.  

Second Year Jackson Graduate Fellowships

Jackson Institute administered fellowships are normally awarded for the full two years of study. However, second-year students who did not receive a full funding package may apply for additional funding through Second Year Jackson Graduate Fellowships. These fellowships are awarded to second-year M.A. students competitively based on academic merit, with some consideration of financial need. They usually range from $2,000 to $15,000.

Other Yale Fellowships

  • Henry Hart Rice Foreign Graduate Fellowship: Preference is to award this to a student from a former communist country. The MacMillan Center administers these awards to students from across the university, but Jackson M.A. students are often recipients. This award provides partial tuition support.
  • Kenneth R. Miller, Jr. IR '02 Grant: Awarded to an active-duty US military officer, with preference given to an Army Foreign Area Officer when applicable. Up to two awards each year are made to M.A. students throughout the University.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS): Jackson graduate students whose academic work includes foreign language study and whose career plans include teaching, public service or business related to Africa, Europe or the Middle East are encouraged to apply for these fellowships. The fellowships provide $18,000 toward tuition funding and a $15,000 stipend. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible. FLAS awards are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Higher Education Act, Title VI. They are administered through the Council on African Studies, European Studies Council and Council on Middle East Studies at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Applications are available at

Fellowships for Joint Degrees

Joint degree students are eligible for the same fellowships as other Jackson M.A. students (listed above) while enrolled in the Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences (3 semesters). Funding sources for the semesters enrolled at the professional school should be discussed with the appropriate advisors and administrators in the professional school.

External Fellowships

M.A. students  who do not receive funding  from the Jackson Institute or Yale University are often  recipients of  external fellowships  from a wide array of sources including the Yellow Ribbon Program, Fulbright, home governments and many others.

Applicants are encouraged to search for external funding through the large number of databases available on the Internet such as FastWeb or Peterson’s.  The Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs (APSIA) also maintains a comprehensive list of fellowships and scholarships.      

Student Loans

Loans are available by application through the Graduate School Financial Aid Office for both U.S. and international students. 

Student Work

Both the Jackson Institute and the wider Yale community offer numerous paid positions for student work, including teaching fellowships and research and course assistantships. 

Summer Funding

The Jackson Institute provides summer travel grants to all first-year students with viable projects. Grants may support unpaid internships, independent research projects and language study. See where our students traveled last summer.

Students are also eligible to apply for a number fellowships administered through other units at Yale. For a complete list of all Yale-based sources of summer funding, see the Student Grants and Fellowship Database at Yale University.

Thanks to funding from Yale, I was able to spend my summer in Kenya, working at the NGO of a fellow classmate. Having spent seven years in the Army before coming to Yale, it was important to me to use my internship as a means of broadening my understanding of international relations beyond a military perspective.  The month I spent in Migori County, coaching entrepreneurial youth groups on ways to improve their business practices, was the perfect opportunity to expand my aperture while complementing my academic studies.  

Elizabeth Verardo MA ’16