Kerry Fellows Program

Led by former Secretary of State John Kerry ’66, the Kerry Initiative is an interdisciplinary program that will focus on pressing global challenges through teaching, research, convenings, and international dialogue.

The Kerry Initiative at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs invites applications for the 2020-2021 class of Kerry Fellows.

Led by former Secretary of State John Kerry ’66, the Kerry Initiative is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on pressing global challenges through teaching, research, convenings, and international dialogue. Kerry Fellows work with Secretary Kerry and his team on key projects for the Initiative, including conducting research, assisting with conferences on international topics, and helping write journal publications and social media content.

Kerry Fellows will be selected on the basis of outstanding academic and, if appropriate, professional achievement, with some priority given to interdisciplinary work in the core subjects on which the Kerry Initiative is focused: failed and failing states, the challenge of authoritarian populism, rising sectarianism and violent extremism, climate change and other environmental threats, capacity building, global economic opportunity and development. Fellows should have a strong interest in writing, history, and current affairs. Read the bios of the 2019-20 Kerry Fellows.

All incoming and current Yale students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are eligible to apply. Fellows will be paid a stipend for each semester or summer work period.

The deadline for fall 2020 applications has passed. Applicants will be notified of the decisions by October 1.

If you have questions, please e-mail Sona Lim at


Kerry Fellows Application (2020-2021)

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