Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities at Yale and beyond.  Some options are guaranteed for students who receive Yale Financial Aid (ISA and SEA), others are merit-based grants. 

Fellowships (Grants/Competitive funding/merit-based awards) 

Yale has over 300 different individual fellowships listed in the Student Grants Database – this database is one-stop shopping for merit-based awards and you shouldn’t miss out!  The only thing you need to be careful about is deadlines and starting early to plan. 


  • Fellowships are available to all students whether or not you receive financial aid. 
  • There are fellowships for the summer AND for after you leave Yale! 

Find advice on how to apply and how to make an appointment with a fellowships adviser at the Yale Fellowships and Funding website.

The Summer Experience Award (SEA) 

If you receive financial aid from Yale, you are eligible to receive a Summer Experience Award – SEA.  $4,000 for a domestic experience, $6,000 for an international one. Visit the SEA website for all the details and plan for your summer now! 

The International Study Award (ISA) 

Do you receive financial aid from Yale and want to study abroad?  You are eligible to receive an International Study Award – ISA.  ISAs support Yale Summer Session Abroad programs OR approved non-Yale study abroad programs.  Your ISA award is proportional to your need and the cost of the program. Learn more on the ISA website.

External Fellowship Databases 

Occasionally, it’s worth checking out external databases which list hundreds of different funding opportunities.  You never know what you might find! Yale maintains a vast database of external fellowships as well as links to other external databases


Resources for Funding Opportunities

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Thanks to the generosity of donors, the International Study Award (ISA) provides a stipend for one summer experience abroad for eligible undergraduate students receiving a Yale scholarship. For summer 2021, ISA-eligible students may receive up to $14,935 in ISA funding for eligible programs, proportional to their need and the cost of the program.

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The Start-Up Grant, also known as Supplemental Allowance, is an additional scholarship in an amount of $2,000 that may be used to help cover costs for associated with starting at Yale College. Examples of such costs are winter clothing, dorm necessities and course supplies. All enrolled Yale College students with ‘zero parent share’ contribution are eligible.

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The Summer Experiences Award (formerly the DSA) provides a stipend for a range of domestic and international opportunities to Yale College first-years, sophomores, and juniors on Yale financial aid. Student eligible for this award can use it for either a US-based experience or an international experience.

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Find support for research, study abroad, public service, unpaid internships, and self-designed projects, in New Haven and around the globe. Postgraduate fellowships support independent projects, graduate study, and much more.

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Education at Yale takes place inside classroom, library, laboratory, and far beyond. Yale and outside funding options can help make it possible to pursue something amazing which you might not be able to do otherwise.

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The Yale Student Grants Database is the single best place to search for Yale funding and campus information for external awards which require application through Yale. It is searchable by class year, keyword or eligibility.