Tuition & Funding

We are committed to making your Yale education affordable.

Scholarships range from half-tuition up to full-tuition plus stipend for living expenses.

Scholarships awarded in 2019-2020:

of M.A. students who requested financial aid received it
Average merit-based scholarship
$1.48 million
Total amount of merit-based aid granted
Applying for Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, applicants should check the box on the Financial Aid section of the application that indicates interest in financial aid. A separate financial aid application is not required.

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 Fellowship Fund
  • Malcolm and Marion Cromarty Fellowship Fund
  • Judge Jean Fox Fellowship Fund
  • Gager Family Fellowships
  • Goolsbee Family Scholarship Fund
  • Abel Halpern and Helen Chung Halpern Fellowships
  • Donald Legarde and Marion McNulty Jackson Memorial Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • Henry R. Luce Fellowships
  • Hugo de Neufville Graduate Fellowship Fund
  • Margaret Claire Ryan Fellowship Fund – preference for students with a demonstrated interest in global health
  • Michael Scott ’84 Scholarship Fund
  • Lei Zhang Fellowships
  • Jackson Institute Fellowships
Special Scholarships

Additionally, these scholarships are available to applicants who meet the following criteria:


Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

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, and how they plan to fulfill the Coverdell internship requirement.

During their graduate studies, Coverdell Fellows complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Peace Corps volunteers. At Jackson, Coverdell Fellows receive full tuition (and may receive up to full tuition plus a $22,000 stipend). Coverdell Fellows are named after intent to matriculate decisions are made.

For more information on the Coverdell Fellows Program, visit the Peace Corps website.
Meet Jackson’s current Coverdell Fellows


Returning from the Military

Robert “Biff” McKellip , Jr. ’67 Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a veteran.


Joint Degree Students with Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

David and Karen Sobotka Fellowship Fund


Applicants from the Following Regions


  • Central European Foundation Fellowship: Awarded to a student from an Eastern European country.
  • Pierre Keller Fellowship: Awarded to a student from a European country with a strong preference for a student from Switzerland.
  • Okvuran ’94 Fellowship: Awarded to a student from Turkey
  • Russia Fellowship: Awarded to a student from Russia.

Hong Kong or mainland China

  • 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. Read more about Kwok Scholars.
  • Yifei Li Fellowship: Awarded to a student from mainland China, or a student with demonstrated interest in China.


  • Chang Fellowship: Awarded to an incoming student(s) with preference given to residents of countries within Africa or students who have shown a demonstrated interest in Africa
  • Peel Fellowship:  Awarded to an incoming student(s) who are residents of countries within Sub-Saharan Africa.


Teaching and Research to Supplement Your Study

Yale has an extraordinary number of paid teaching and research opportunities for students. International students are eligible for any of these positions. More information can be found on the Teaching and Research positions page.

Summer Funding

The Jackson Institute provides up to $5,000 in summer funding to all first-year students for approved unfunded or underfunded summer projects. Grants may support unpaid internships, independent research projects and language study.

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.

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.

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 here.
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 of 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.

Cost of Education, 2019-2020 (9 months)

Fixed Costs

  • Tuition & Fees: $43,300

Estimated Costs

  • Housing/Board: $16,786
  • Academic: $1,440
  • Personal: $1,854
  • Medical: $2,450
  • Transportation: $1,485