The Program

The 2014 four-month residential Program will include: 

(1) A cutting-edge global issues curriculum; (2) Individualized skill-building; and (3) Access to prominent thinkers and practitioners; 

This is our core. 

During the four month program (from mid-August to mid-December), Yale World Fellows are fully immersed in the University community. They share their expertise and ideas in classes and seminars across Yale and New Haven. While most activities take place on campus and in the New Haven community, the program this year includes trips to New York City and Washington, DC and an off-site retreat.  

Learn more about the building blocks of our Program:

The Seminar

The cornerstone of the Yale World Fellows Program is a 15-week global affairs colloquium taught by renowned faculty from across Yale’s undergraduate, graduate and Professional schools. Through exposure to both classical philosophical texts, current academic research and practical thought, the program creates a real-world experience unlike any traditional academic program. Fellows are challenged to test their own boundaries, to think differently about their work to date and to consider new and potentially multi-disciplinary directions. 

360º  Skill-Building

World Fellows are brought to Yale at a critical point in their careers. They have been recognized as leaders but are looking to have even greater professional impact. We respond by providing a structured space for self-assessment, reflection, and peer feedback. Sessions facilitated by Yale School of Management faculty expose Fellows to negotiation, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Fellows also receive individualized coaching in public speaking and media training, storytelling for movement building. These activities are designed to increase confidence and enhance personal presence.

Up-Close Leadership Conversations

In a series off-the-record conversations, Fellows hear the personal side of professional trajectories and have the opportunity to ask hard questions to some of the world’s most gifted practitioners. The World Fellows have hosted leaders ranging from former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan; former heads of state Ernesto Zedillo and Tony Blair; U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; and award-winning writers Elizabeth Alexander and David Brooks. Fellows also interact with prominent leaders and groundbreaking organizations across sectors during field trips to Washington, DC and New York City. 

Self-Directed Study

Fellows can audit almost any of the 2,000+ courses offered at Yale University with the opportunity to develop or continue work on individual or collaborative research projects. They also spend time building relationships with Yale faculty and students, giving talks and lectures and engaging in informal dialog and debate. Many get involved with Yale and local community organizations, providing a valuable exchange of ideas. 

Interested yet?  

Learn more about applying to become a Yale World Fellow.