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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 (she/her/hers)

Director, Office of Fellowship Programs; Assistant Dean of Yale College

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 (she/her/hers)

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.

Kripa Bhagat (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director, Richard U. Light Fellowship

Kripa (she/her) helps manage and advise on the Richard U. Light Fellowship. She joins the CIPE after receiving her M.A. in Chinese Linguistics from the University of Hawai'i. She has contributed to language education communities by serving as Resident Director of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and as an Educational Ambassador in Yiwu, China for the Ameson Year in China program. Kripa also holds a B.A. from Barnard College and spent time working and learning in language immersion environments.

Ruth Clifford (she/her/hers)

Senior Administrative Assistant, Study Abroad & Fellowships

Ruth works closely with advisers on both the Fellowship Programs and Study Abroad teams at the CIPE. She supports administrators and students to facilitate fellowship opportunities and study abroad through the Year, Term, and Non-Yale Summer Abroad programs. Ruth joined CIPE in September 2016 while completing her M.S. in Human Services at Albertus Magnus College. She received her B.A. in Education from Trinity College, Ireland where she worked as a primary school teacher and student teacher supervisor.

Mya Fisher (she/her/hers)

Director, Richard U. Light Fellowship

Mya joins Yale as Director of the Light Fellowship after more than 20 years successfully developing and launching innovative, international programs for a variety of education, non-profit, and government entities across the U.S. and East Asia. She is passionate about international exchange and bring extensive experience studying and working in Japan notably as founding administrator of the Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship, and alum of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language studies (IUC). Mya holds degrees from Williams College (B.A. Psychology and Sociology), New York University (M.A., International Education) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S. and PhD, Sociology).

Lindsay Lawton (she/her/hers)

Senior Associate Director of Fellowships

Lindsay advises students on their applications for a number of external fellowships and oversees various fellowships processes. She came to the CIPE Fellowships team from the University of Minnesota, where she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Studies and advised high-achieving undergraduates in the Honors Program. Originally from Wyoming, Lindsay also holds a B.A. from Macalester College and has worked in language education in the US and Europe.

Emma-Jane Rose (she/her/hers)

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 (she/her/hers)

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.