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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; 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

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 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.

Lindsay Lawton

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.

Timothy Liu

Assistant Director, Richard U. Light Fellowship

Tim helps manage the Richard U. Light Fellowship and advises students interested in attending any of the Light-approved programs in East Asia. Previously, he supported Chinese language education as an administrator at various language programs in China and also as a Chinese teacher in North Carolina. Tim came to the Fellowships team from the Office of International Affairs, where he organized summer academic enrichment programs for high school students from around the world. Learn more about Tim in his interview with the Asian Network @ Yale.

John Park

Director, Richard U. Light Fellowship

John oversees the Richard U. Light Fellowship Program and advises students wishing to pursue Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language study at a Light approved site in East Asia. He joined CIPE after eight years with the Department of State, where he served as a Foreign Service Officer with postings in Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, where he served as an English instructor at Kaili University in Guizhou, China. John holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and completed three years of professional-level study at the Foreign Service Institute in Virginia. He speaks all the Light Fellowship languages and Indonesian.

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.