Program Description

StudentsThe Fox International Fellowship Program is a direct two-way student exchange partnership between Yale University and twelve of the world's leading universities in Russia, England, Germany, China, Japan, France, India, Mexico, Turkey, Israel, Brazil, and South Africa. It was established to identify and support talented individuals who will be future leaders in their respective fields and who, by virtue of those leadership positions, will contribute to decisions affecting global policies and international relations. The international scholarly exchange that the Fox International Fellowship Program makes possible enables promising young intellectuals to pursue academic research; immerse themselves in the local language and culture of another country; and develop lasting friendships with peers from other countries. Fox Fellows gain a better understanding of citizens of other countries and the great variety of institutions, cultures, and nation-states, thereby building a foundation from which to contribute to peaceful coexistence worldwide.

The Fox International Fellowship Program began in 1989 as a graduate and professional student exchange program and has now, over two decades later, been expanded to include graduating college seniors. The Program is based at Yale University where world leaders in industry, finance, education and government have been trained. Our premier partner institutions possess excellent resources for teaching and research, and also attract the future leaders of their respective countries. They include Moscow State University, Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University, the Freie University of Berlin, Fudan University in Shanghai, the University of Tokyo, Institut d’Études de Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Jawaharlal Nehru University, El Colegio de México, Boğaziçi University, Tel Aviv University, University of Cape Town and the University of São Paulo.

Fox Fellows continue to be enrolled in their home institution while carrying out independent research projects at their host institution. As Fox Fellows they have full use of the resources of the host university, allowing them to undertake research, work with faculty, make use of archives and library resources as well as audit courses, take domestic professional development trips and interact with other students.

The Fox Fellows' fields of study reflect the areas around which many of the world's major decisions revolve and the fields that illuminate themL law; business and economics; finance; environmental policy; social science and social welfare; and international relations and modern history.

The Program provides support for airfare and housing expenses, and a stipend for living expenses. The Fellowships support one academic year of research The Fox International Fellowship Program is guided by the vision and generosity of Joseph Carrère Fox (Yale '38) and his wife, Alison Barbour Fox, whose lifelong commitment to encouraging better understanding between the US and other countries led them to offer support for exchanges between Yale and leading universities worldwide.

The program is administered by The MacMillan Center, Yale University's principal agency for coordinating international activities. A similar administrative unit manages the Program at each of the twelve partner institutions.


Yale University

“Being a Fox Fellow at Yale was an enriching experience – one not to be forgotten. I have learnt and grown so much both professionally and socially. There are just no suitable words to describe the experience. I’m relatively well travelled but the U.S. and Yale have so much more to offer than any other place I have been to. Almost everything is done differently but the key drivers being pride, confidence, and excellence and winning all the time. My life will never be the same again after having spent a year in the United States as a Fox International Fellow at Yale.”

Aifheli  Tshivhase
from the Cape Town University to Yale