Applications to the World Fellows Program are accepted from across sectors and around the world.

Each class of Fellows is a unique group: geographically balanced, and representative of a wide range of professions, talents, and perspectives. The program runs annually from mid-August to mid-December. Fellows are expected to be in residence at Yale for the duration of the program.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be in the mid-career stage: Fellows are at least five, and typically not more than 20, years into their careers, with demonstrated work accomplishments, and a clear indication of future contributions and excellence. The average age of a World Fellow is 39, though there is no minimum or maximum age limit.
  • Be fluent in English: An excellent command of the English language is essential.
  • Be a citizen of a country other than the United States: While dual citizens are eligible, preference is given to candidates whose work is focused outside the U.S.
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 entire duration of the program, and to mentoring students and speaking frequently on campus
Application Process

Application for admission to the World Fellows Program is completely an online process. There are no paper forms to complete or mail. Prior to the deadline, you may work on your application at any time and submit it when you are ready. After creating an account and accessing the online application, you can upload materials and request your letters of recommendation. Most questions about the program and the application process can be answered by reviewing our website and the common questions.

Compensation Package
  • A taxable stipend to cover the costs of living in New Haven
  • A modest, furnished one- or two-bedroom apartment for the duration of the program
  • Medical insurance
  • Round-trip travel from home country

Meet the World Fellows

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2016 World Fellow Gabriela Hernández Cardoso

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