Yale-UBC Fox International Fellowship Program

Application deadline: January 10, 2024

About the Program

Program Dates: mid-August 2024 - May 31, 2025 

The Fox International Fellowship Program is designed to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by promoting international scholarly exchanges and collaborations among the next generation of leaders. To accomplish this goal, the program aims to identify and contribute to the education of outstanding students and identify “citizen scholar ambassadors” who, by virtue of their academic and extracurricular record, can be expected in the future to participate in guiding the world toward a more peaceful order. By `citizen scholar ambassador` we mean a student whose research furthers the goal of the fellowship to expand and sustain global-civic discourse and who possesses both the ability to communicate with a wider audience and the potential to become a leader in or out of academia. Due to this, the Fox International Fellowship is awarded on account of both the research proposal and the personal leadership qualities of the candidate.

UBC student reflects on her time as a Yale-UBC Fox Fellow

"I cannot think of a better way to conclude my graduate studies at UBC than to share in a multi-cultural and intergenerational think tank with scholars committed to the most intense global challenges. I appreciated how the Yale-UBC Fox International Fellowship prioritizes learning over evaluation, and thoughtful research above accelerated production."   

- Jory Smallenberg, Fox Fellowship Alumnus - 2021

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About the Award

Yale University will cover expenses directly with Yale-UBC Fox Fellows for 10 months from approximately mid-August 2024 to May 31, 2025. Grants include:

  • Housing
  • A stipend covering basic living expenses
  • Health insurance 
  • Visa support for fellow and any accompanying spouses and children
  • Round trip airfare 
  • A financial subsidy to fellows bringing a child/children to the United States is available. The final amount will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please note that the U.S. government also requires proof of health insurance for the entire family.


  • While the program is open to graduate students pursuing a Doctoral or Master's, the nature of this fellowship is to support an in-depth research project at the level of a doctoral student.
  • The Fox International Fellowship is NOT open to postdoctoral applicants.
  • US citizens are not eligible to apply unless they have citizenship of another country and have never studied (Undergraduate and Graduate level) in the US.
  • Each student nominated as a Yale-UBC Fox Fellow shall have the approval of his/her academic supervisor.
  • Yale-UBC Fox Fellows will be responsible for continuing their pre-existing fee arrangements with the University of British Columbia.
  • Students who hold a UBC Four Year Fellowship (4YF) will pause their 4YF for the duration of the Yale-UBC Fox Fellowship. Both fellowships cannot be held concurrently.
  • More details are available in the FAQ guide here

Reminders about US visa restrictions:

Due to the J1 visa restrictions, we cannot accept students who are scheduled to graduate in May 2024. Students have to be enrolled in a degree-granting program at UBC for the fellowship duration.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply by January 10th, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Students apply online through Go Global's Gateway and include:

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Evaluation Criteria

  • Personal characteristics: Candidates must demonstrate commitment to serious research and a capacity for leadership and civic engagement.
  • Field of focus: Candidates should be engaged in a relevant social science (including political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology and geography) or humanities discipline (including philosophy, history and law). Training in some type of substantive interdisciplinary fields such as business/management, public administration, international relations, environmental policy and public health are especially attractive.
  • Language skills: The candidate’s language skills must be sufficient both to succeed in their research project and to engage in the intellectual and social community of the host university. Candidates for the Yale International Fox Fellowships at Yale University must have an excellent command of the English language in conversation, reading and writing. Requirements to provide TOEFL and IELTS scores are waived for applicants from a university or college where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Research Proposal: Candidates will be given preference for demonstrating excellence in their field of study.


This year's deadline will be January 10th, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 15, 2024. 


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