As a sophomore, you are encouraged to begin considering whether you might be interested in applying for any of a number of generous fellowships. Sophomores are eligible for many fellowships, which can offer support for independent projects, research, or formal study during the summer following sophomore year. The Student Grants database allows you to search for fellowships by your class year and other criteria.
In the spring of sophomore year, students are selected for the Mellon Mays and the Bouchet fellowships, which are designed to increase the number of minority students and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities. Those who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, engineering, or the natural sciences are also eligible for the Goldwater fellowship in sophomore or junior year.
If you think you may be interested in applying for any fellowships, it is important to continue developing close relationships with your instructors. Such faculty contacts are often particularly helpful to you when you are writing fellowship proposals and seeking strong letters of recommendation.
The Office of Fellowship Programs, 55 Whitney Avenue, third floor, maintains a library of fellowship resources, and its fellowship advisers are available to help students find opportunities and prepare applications—including their application essays—and to advise students on interviews.
Recent summer postings of interest to sophomores include American Bar Foundation research fellowships, the Cloisters Summer Internship, and the Davis Projects for Peace. Application forms and additional information about these internships are on the Student Grants database.
To learn more about the many fellowships not mentioned here, visit the Office of Fellowship Programs page of the Yale College Web site, the Center for International and Professional Experience Web site, and the searchable Student Grants database.
Last updated August 10, 2011.