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Funding Opportunities

MacMillan Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses Grants

The Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses (PRFDHR) was launched in 2017 by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale to promote rigorous interdisciplinary research and teaching grounded in the social sciences that can inform best practice and sound policy and have a meaningful impact on the lives of people affected by forced displacement.

The Refugee Program is a campus wide initiative, drawing on the intellectual resources of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Yale’s twelve professional schools, including more than fifty Yale faculty and scholars in economics, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, global affairs, management, medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, law, divinity, religious studies and forestry & environmental studies. It also engages undergraduate and graduate students who have been taking the lead in many initiatives on refugee and displacement issues on campus.

A limited number of grants to carry out international summer research on issues related to the refugee crises in the world are administered by the Refugee Program. The competition is open to Yale undergraduate, graduate, and master’s students in all disciplines who wish to conduct research outside the United States and who will be returning to Yale in the Fall semester. Awards generally range from $750 - $5,000.

For more information about this funding opportunity, please visit the Macmillan Center funding page.

Global Health Awards for Internships or Non-Research Projects

Supports students committed to global health as they take their first steps toward becoming practitioners, leaders and advocates in the field. Proposed projects should be connected to the student's personal and professional development in terms of strengthening relevant skills and gaining an understanding of how different players and approaches contribute to improving health worldwide.

For more information, please visit the awards and fellowship website for Yale Institute for Global Health.

Global Health Awards for Research

Supports students committed to global health as they take steps to design, undertake, and disseminate original research. Proposed research projects can be undertaken in the lab or in the field, and fall within the biological sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities. They should aim to strengthen the student’s relevant skills in global health and be situated in ethical partnerships with scholars and communities in ways that raise awareness or contribute to improving human health.

For more information, please visit the awards and fellowship website for Yale Institute for Global Health.

Global Health: Yale-Collaborative Action Project (Y-CAP)

Enables scholarly endeavors for teams of Yale students (undergraduates and graduates) working in the field of global health. Funded projects bring together students to address challenging problems affecting the health of disadvantaged populations globally, with a preference for Africa. Teams will be composed of 2-4 Yale students. Individual team members are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding for the component of the project that they will be leading, as appropriate.

For more information, please visit the awards and fellowship website for Yale Institute for Global Health.

Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women's Rights

Each year, the Gruber Program in Global Justice and Women’s Rights awards a number of post-graduate fellowships to Yale graduates. Fellows spend one year working on projects that promote global justice or women’s rights. Applicants design and propose their own projects in collaboration with a host organization anywhere in the world. These fellowships are open to all Yale professional and graduate schools.

For more information, please visit the Gruber Fellowship website.

The Downs Fellowship

The Downs Fellowship has provided opportunities to over 500 students to live, learn, work and do research in low- and middle-income countries. Many projects have led to outstanding research projects, as well as oral presentations and posters at national and international health conferences demonstrating an understanding of epidemiological, genetic, biological, clinical and social patterns in health and medicine.

Research is carried out in the context of host countries’ culture, health problems and resources. Although students may initiate projects, Yale faculty members provide intellectual support, practical assistance and links with host-country sponsors who serve as mentors during the Fellows time abroad. The choice of research topic and methodological detail are joint responsibilities of applicants and advisors. Any member of the Yale faculty may sponsor applicants.

For more information, please visit the Downs Fellowship webpage.