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Emerging Scholars Initiative

We believe that a diverse faculty supports our educational mission. 

The best way to increase diversity in the faculty at Yale and elsewhere is by diversifying the graduate student population. This is a key goal of the Faculty Excellence and Diversity Initiative at Yale. In support of this commitment, the Office of the Provost has partnered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to create the Emerging Scholars Initiative.

For Current Ph.D. Students: 

We offer ten Dean's Emerging Scholars Research Awards per year to currently-matriculated Ph.D. students. These one-time $2,000 awards can be used to help cover conference and/or field work expenses and will be administered by departments and programs. 

Application information is sent to all current Ph.D. students each fall. Applications for the Dean's Emerging Scholars Research Award must be submitted no later than September 30.

For Incoming Students: 

We offer up to about 15 Dean’s Emerging Scholars Fellowships per year to incoming Ph.D. graduate students across all programs. 

These grants provide $3,000 each year for three years, in addition to standard departmental stipends. Students selected for this fellowship also receive a one-time restricted research grant of $2,000 to be administered by their department or program. Recipients will be selected after admission decisions have been made by the Graduate School, but typically before offers of admission are sent out to applicants. Departments and programs may recommend recipients, but final decisions will be made by a committee comprised of the Dean of the GSAS, the Academic Deans, and the Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity. 

All eligible students are automatically considered for this fellowship. No separate application is necessary.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs: 

Each year, we offer approximately six year-long Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program Fellowships to recent bachelor’s degree recipients who want to pursue a Ph.D. These participants are actively engaged in research projects, take Yale courses to gain the research skills and academic credentials they need to become competitive applicants to, and successful students in, highly selective doctoral programs. They participate in program-specific seminars and workshops and are integrated in their respective programs alongside beginning Yale Ph.D. students. In addition, they receive GRE preparation and mentoring. This program is for participants  in the humanities, social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

For more information, please see Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Programs

Who can become an Emerging Scholar? 

You can be an “Emerging Scholar” in one of these programs if you exhibit outstanding academic promise and achievement and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • you come from a background that has been underrepresented in you chosen field of study. This includes historically underrepresented students, first-generation college graduates, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or women in STEM fields;
  • you plan to pursue research related to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and ability;
  • you have previously been or are currently involved in diversity-related initiatives by volunteering for community service or outreach on a college or university campus.

Faculty Diversity

For information about faculty diversity, please refer to