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Fellowship Programs

The Fellowship Programs team at the Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) offers advising to current Yale students and recent alumni of Yale College about a wide variety of Yale-specific and outside fellowships to support domestic and international experiences before and after graduation. Working collaboratively with faculty, deans, and other partners across campus, we seek to foster students’ academic and professional development through a range of resources, workshops, and individual counseling.

We offer guidance throughout the fellowship process, to help you match your goals and enhance your learning. We look forward to meeting you at a workshop and to talking one-on-one about what you hope to do.

Office Hours & Location

The CIPE Fellowships office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 5pm.

(203) 432-8685

55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Fl.
New Haven, CT 06510



Rebekah Westphal

Director, Office of Fellowship Programs

Rebekah joined CIPE as the Director of Fellowships after 11 years in Undergraduate Admissions for Yale College. Originally from the U.K., she completed her B.A. in Music and English Literature at Bennington College, and has an M.A. in Musicology from McGill University. Rebekah was on the faculty at The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and performed professionally with vocal ensembles across the US before she joined Yale’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions in 2005. She was the Director of International Admissions (with particular emphasis on Africa and Europe), and lectured regularly around the world on issues surrounding international student recruitment and support. She is also the co-founder of the HALI Access Network, a group of organizations that support high-achieving, low-income African students in their search for higher education. Rebekah is a Freshman Advisor and Fellow in Berkeley College.

Julia Bakes

Richard U. Light Fellowship Assistant

Julia Bakes supports the Richard U. Light Fellowship by serving as a first point of contact for students, faculty and staff in processing fellowship application materials.

Ruth Clifford

Senior Administrative Assistant, Study Abroad & Fellowships

Ruth works closely with advisers to facilitate study abroad through our Designated (non-Yale) programs. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College with an M.S. in Human Services and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Trinity College, Ireland. She brings to Yale almost 20 years of educational, managerial, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Originally from Kilkenny, Ireland, a love of travel brought her to New Haven more than ten years ago and she now considers Connecticut her home.

Robert Clough

Richard U. Light Fellowship Director

Robert Clough oversees the Light Fellowship's overall development in concert both with the on-campus Executive Committee and with the Light Foundation Trustees based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Robert also serves as a student advisor for several Yale College Year-long Fellowships, the Luce Scholars Program, and the Yung Wing Chinese Cultural Scholarship.

Ming-Yee Lin

Richard U. Light Fellowship Assistant Director

Ming-Yee graduated from Yale College in 2010. A former Light fellow and avid language learner, Ming-Yee dedicated three summers and a fall semester during college to studying abroad in China and Japan. She is looking forward to sharing her life-changing experiences as a former Light Fellow with students exploring opportunities to study language in East Asia. After practicing real estate law in Los Angeles for three years, Ming-Yee returned to New Haven to serve as a Global Scholars Fellow at the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, where she helped to develop and administer sessions on campus and in Beijing. Ming-Yee holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jamaica Pouncy

Associate Director of Fellowships

Jamaica administers a number of external fellowships that require institutional support and provides advising and guidance to students as they pursue these opportunities. She graduated from Spelman College with a BA in Mathematics and from the University of Alabama with a Master’s of Library and Information Studies. Jamaica has taught English in China as a Princeton in Asia fellow and served as the national fellowships coordinator for Texas A&M University before joining Yale.

Emma-Jane Rose

Assistant Director for Fellowship Programs

Emma-Jane Rose oversees the Yale College Fellowships and advises students through the application process and pre-departure preparations for their fellowship projects.

Suzanne Wirak

Fellowship Programs Assistant

Suzanne is a member of the CIPE Fellowship Programs team and, Program Coordinator for the Global Health Studies Program. After receiving her MPH from Boston University, she worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health in planning and developing community-based services and, after re-locating to Connecticut, for the Woodbridge School District. Suzanne is a resource to faculty, staff, and students in support of the Global Health Studies Program and fellowship opportunities.