Terms and Conditions

The fellowship year normally lasts from August 20 to May 15. Fellowships may also be given for either fall or spring, though applicants who are available for the entire year are strongly favored. All fellows are expected to be free of commitments that would prevent them from devoting themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal and to live in residence within ten miles of the Yale campus. The ISM provides housing at a discounted rate.


Financial Support

Stipends for fellowships are typically half of the fellow’s regular annual salary up to $52,000 per year. For Fellows from American universities or colleges, Yale will typically pay the stipend directly to the institution. Yale does not provide health benefits except in the case of independent or international scholars. In most cases fellows receive additional compensation for teaching a course.



Fellows are expected to live within a 10-mile radius of campus. In most cases, the Institute provides additional grants toward housing for the fellowship year. Fellows may apply for research funds, and the Institute will reimburse reasonable moving expenses.

Fellows commit themselves to meet weekly in the ISM Colloquium, then with their cohort at weekly Fellows lunches, and they are asked to share their work in at least one public presentation per semester. One presentation during the year will be a public lecture, while the other may be work-in-progress shared in the smaller, less formal gathering of fellows.


Fellows are urged to teach one course. Courses are proposed as part of the application process and are reviewed by the relevant department. 

Courses taught need not be newly created for Yale, but may be one previously taught by the applicant at other academic institutions. Courses are proposed as part of the application and are reviewed by the appropriate department or school. Fellows may also be invited to lecture in classes taught by Yale faculty throughout the year.

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