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About the Richard U. Light Fellowship

The Richard U. Light Fellowship Program was inaugurated in 1996 and provides full funding (transportation, tuition, room and board, and incidentals) for Yale students of exceptional promise to study Chinese, Japanese, or Korean at specifically approved sites in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. The Light Fellowship is fundamentally committed to intensive language study with the belief that such study abroad provides a tremendous opportunity for students to immerse themselves in new cultures. Light Fellowships are awarded twice each year and are tenable for one Yale semester, an academic year, a summer, or combinations thereof.

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  • You must be a registered and enrolled Yale student to apply.
  • All undergraduates (including graduating seniors), master's degree students, and professional school students are eligible.
  • Ph.D. students are eligible only if their language study in East Asia would be completed prior to submitting their prospectus.
  • Citizenship is not a factor in the selection.
  • Applicants must obtain admission at Light Fellowship-approved sites.
  • Recipients are expected to continue language study after they return from Asia.

Applying for the Light

The Fellowship Committee seeks to identify applicants who demonstrate academic achievement, readiness for the proposed program, and commitment to language study in their academic or career plans. Candidates must have achieved a basic proficiency (at least one year of intensive study at Yale or a comparable program by the time of departure) in the target language, but should not have achieved such a level of proficiency that they won't significantly improve by attending a program. Those who have advanced proficiency in one language may apply for the Fellowship in a second East Asian language. The Richard U. Light Fellowship Program welcomes applications from a diverse range of backgrounds and academic disciplines.

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Quote: Living in China for two months (...) helped me develop an international perspective and become more aware of China and America’s multifaceted relationship. I will now return home with a sense of confidence in my Chinese abilities and a hunger to learn more.

Madeline Bauer (CC ’17)
Richard U. Light Fellow
Beijing, China – Summer 2014

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Q&A Session: Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships

When: January 15, 2021 | 4:00pm5:00pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/2034368144

Q&A for students applying to the Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships, who may have questions or concerns before the final application deadline of February 3rd, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET. All are welcome to join the conversation.

Fellowship Proposal Writing Workshop

When: January 19, 2021 | 3:00pm4:00pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/96414284885

During this session Writing Partners will be available to give advice and tips about fellowship proposals, statements of interest, and personal statements. Writing partners are Yale College or graduate school students selected for both their writing skills and their ability to talk about writing. They have a student’s-eye view of the challenges you’ll face and all have been through the fellowship process themselves.

Summer STEM Fellowships: How to Write a Research Proposal with Dean Sandy Chang

When: January 20, 2021 | 5:00pm6:00pm
Where: https://zoom.us/j/7633610477

For more information visit the Yale College Science and Quantitative Reasoning website.

1stGenYale Demystify Graduate Fellowship Awards

When: January 21, 2021 | 6:00pm7:00pm
Where: Registration link below

Did you know there are many post-college academic opportunities especially for first-gen low-income Yale college students & grads? Learn about these awards, process & requirements. Program open to the entire Yale community. Co-Sponsors, Yale Office of Fellowship Programs & Dwight HallLink to full bios and list of fellowship opportunities. Register here (pre-registration required).. . Register here (pre-registration required).

Imagining Your Summer Information Session #8

When: January 25, 2021 | 1:00pm2:00pm
Where: Registration link below

Interested in summer study abroad, fellowships, or internships, but don't know how to get started? Come and hear from students who have done these things to help you identify some possible summer opportunities. You will leave with a clearer idea of what is possible and the resources you can access to make your vision happen. Now is the perfect time to start planning! Register here.

Fellowship Proposal Writing: Meet with a Writing Tutor

When: January 27, 2021 | 3:30pm5:00pm
Where: Registration link below

During this session Writing Partners will be available to review proposals, statements of interest, or personal statements. Writing partners are Yale College or graduate school students selected for both their writing skills and their ability to talk about writing. They have a student’s-eye view of the challenges you’ll face and many have been through the fellowship process themselves.  Register here.

Yale College Postgraduate Fellowship Common Application Deadline

When: February 3, 2021 | 1:00pm1:00pm
Where: Application Deadline

Learn more about Yale College Postgraduate Fellowships.  

Summer STEM Fellowships: How to Write a Research Proposal with Dean Sandy Chang

When: February 3, 2021 | 5:00pm6:00pm
Where: https://zoom.us/j/7633610477

For more information visit the Yale College Science and Quantitative Reasoning website.

Imagining Your Summer Information Session #9

When: February 3, 2021 | 7:00pm8:00pm
Where: Registration link below

Interested in summer study abroad, fellowships, or internships, but don't know how to get started? Come and hear from students who have done these things to help you identify some possible summer opportunities. You will leave with a clearer idea of what is possible and the resources you can access to make your vision happen. Now is the perfect time to start planning! Register here.

Fellowship Proposal Writing: Meet with a Writing Tutor

When: February 4, 2021 | 7:00pm8:30pm
Where: Registration link below

During this session Writing Partners will be available to review proposals, statements of interest, or personal statements. Writing partners are Yale College or graduate school students selected for both their writing skills and their ability to talk about writing. They have a student’s-eye view of the challenges you’ll face and many have been through the fellowship process themselves.  Register here.

South Asian Language Fellowship: Campus Deadline

When: February 16, 2021 | 5:00pm5:00pm
Where: Application Deadline

Learn more about the South Asian Language Fellowship.

STARS Summer Research Program Deadline

When: February 19, 2021 | 11:30pm11:30pm
Where: Application Deadline

Learn more about the STARS Summer Research Program.

Yale College Dean's Research Fellowships in the Sciences Deadline

When: March 11, 2021 | 11:30pm11:30pm
Where: Application Deadline

Learn more about Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship in the Sciences.

Tetelman Fellowship Deadline

When: March 18, 2021 | 11:30pm11:30pm
Where: Application Deadline

Learn more about the Tetelman Fellowship.

Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences and Engineering Deadline

When: March 26, 2021 | 11:30pm11:30pm
Where: Application Deadline

Learn more about the Yale College First-Year Summer Research Fellowship in the Sciences and Engineering.

Fulbright Information Session (1 of 5)

When: April 2, 2021 | 3:30pm4:30pm
Where: TBD

Calling all juniors and interested seniors or sophomores: Fulbright Grants offer you many terrific postgraduate opportunities—from scientific research to the practice of an art to the teaching of English in more than 160 countries. Campus deadlines begin in August, so now is the time to start thinking about applying! Start by getting the inside scoop from Yale College’s Fulbright Program Advisers, past winners, and this year’s applicants.

Fulbright Information Session (2 of 5)

When: April 16, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: TBD

Calling all juniors and interested seniors or sophomores: Fulbright Grants offer you many terrific postgraduate opportunities—from scientific research to the practice of an art to the teaching of English in more than 160 countries. Campus deadlines begin in August, so now is the time to start thinking about applying! Start by getting the inside scoop from Yale College’s Fulbright Program Advisers, past winners, and this year’s applicants.

Fulbright Information Session (3 of 5)

When: April 22, 2021 | 3:00pm4:00pm
Where: TBD

Calling all juniors and interested seniors or sophomores: Fulbright Grants offer you many terrific postgraduate opportunities—from scientific research to the practice of an art to the teaching of English in more than 160 countries. Campus deadlines begin in August, so now is the time to start thinking about applying! Start by getting the inside scoop from Yale College’s Fulbright Program Advisers, past winners, and this year’s applicants.

Fulbright Information Session (4 of 5)

When: April 28, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: TBD

Calling all juniors and interested seniors or sophomores: Fulbright Grants offer you many terrific postgraduate opportunities—from scientific research to the practice of an art to the teaching of English in more than 160 countries. Campus deadlines begin in August, so now is the time to start thinking about applying! Start by getting the inside scoop from Yale College’s Fulbright Program Advisers, past winners, and this year’s applicants.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Information Session

When: May 7, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: TBD

Especially for sophomores! Learn about the Truman Scholarship – $30,000 to support graduate study leading to a career in public service. Campus application deadline is fall of junior year. Talk with Yale’s campus rep and recent winners about whether this award is a good fit for you and how to approach this unusual summer.

Fulbright Information Session (5 of 5)

When: May 11, 2021 | 3:30pm4:30pm
Where: TBD

Calling all juniors and interested seniors or sophomores: Fulbright Grants offer you many terrific postgraduate opportunities—from scientific research to the practice of an art to the teaching of English in more than 160 countries. Campus deadlines begin in August, so now is the time to start thinking about applying! Start by getting the inside scoop from Yale College’s Fulbright Program Advisers, past winners, and this year’s applicants.