2015 Yale World Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders

2015 Yale World Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders

Deadline: December 3, 2014

Applications to the Yale World Fellows program are accepted from across sectors and around the world. Yale World Fellows program is Yale University’s signature leadership development program; unparalleled amongst peer institutions. Each class of Fellows is a unique group: geographically balanced, and representative of a wide range of professions, talents, and perspectives.

Yale World Fellows is a four-month residential program that brings rising stars from across disciplines and borders for an intense and unpredictable mash-up of ideas, world views and experiences. It is a learning lab for the brightest and most creative minds working on the big issues of our time. The program aims to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to positive change through dialog and action.

About 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;

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 the Program.


  • BE IN THE MID-CAREER STAGE: Fellows are at least five, and typically not more than twenty, years into their careers, with demonstrated work accomplishments, and a clear indication of future contributions and excellence.  The average age of a World Fellow is 39, though there is no minimum or maximum age limit.
  • BE FLUENT IN ENGLISH: An excellent command of the English language is essential.
  • BE A CITIZEN OF A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES: While dual citizens are eligible, preference is given to candidates whose work is focused outside the US.

Selection Criteria

  • An established record of extraordinary achievement and integrity;
  • Commitment to engagement in crucial issues and to making a difference at the national or international level;
  • Promise of a future career of leadership and notable impact;
  • Special capacity for critical, creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic thinking;
  • Likelihood to benefit from participation in the Program and to contribute to global understanding at Yale;
  • Commitment to a rigorous program of activities, to full-time residence at Yale for the entire duration of the program, and to mentoring students and speaking frequently on campus

Application and Nomination

Do you want to be a World Fellow? Apply online here.

Do you know someone who would make a great World Fellow? You can nominate them here.

See the Commonly Asked Questions for details.

For more information, visit Yale World Fellows.