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About the Thomas C. Barry Travel Fellowship

The Thomas C. Barry '66 Travel Fellowship will enable freshmen or sophomores to engage in summer or term-time activities abroad in developing countries. The award reflects Mr. Barry's broad international perspective and his strong commitment to initiatives that both foster a keen appreciation of global issues and give evidence of sustainability. The Barry Fellowship seeks to encourage students to pursue international cultural experiences that will enhance and diversify their personal and academic goals. The travel undertaken should thus be intellectually purposeful and personally enriching but need not contribute to an academic project. Generally, six to eight awards are made each year.


One of the most open-ended fellowships at Yale, the Thomas C. Barry Fellowship promotes work abroad in developing countries. Unlike many fellowships, the Barry allows students to create their own projects and encourages work beyond a summer abroad. Alumni of the fellowship have gone on to pursue work in the country visited or have built important bridges that continue to offer opportunities for work and study after graduation.

Mr. Barry, an alumnus of Yale College, makes a point to meet with every recipient of the fellowship. Through his "Barry dinners," he makes sure to introduce all fellows to one another and talk about their projects. Barry Fellows also participate at an annual fall dinner with the Yale World Fellows, helping to bring students and international activists together.

Barry fellows are given the opportunity to visit a developing country of interest. Yet, they are also expected to build upon this experience by sharing impressions and lessons learned with other students through meetings and events. These include information sessions for prospective fellows, panel discussions and written reports. Now entering its sixth year of existence, the Barry fellowship has produced a close alumni network.