The Kerry Initiative at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs invites applications for the inaugural class of 2017-2018 Kerry Fellows.

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. Kerry Fellows will 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.

All current Yale students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are eligible to apply. The fellowship is also open to graduating seniors. Fellows will be paid a stipend for each semester or summer work period.

To apply, please complete the form.

The deadline for applications is April 25, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

Some Kerry Fellows may be required to work remotely over the summer. If you have questions, please e-mail Larisa Satara at