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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.

Click below to apply for the Light Fellowship:

Spring Semester Summer, Fall, and Academic Year

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

E.g., 04/19/2021

Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes & beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (5 of 6)

When: April 22, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/92275817061

Calling all sophomores - seniors (international students too!): Have you wondered about postgraduate study in the UK or Ireland and fellowships to make it feasible? The Rhodes may be the most famous, but there are many other options as well—whether you’re a US citizen or an international student here at Yale. These provide many terrific postgraduate opportunities for degree courses in almost any subject, a year’s scientific research, and more. Campus application deadlines begin in early August, so now is the time to start thinking about applying!

Fulbright Information Session (3 of 5)

When: April 22, 2021 | 3:00pm4:00pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/91986416477

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.

Schwarzman Scholars Virtual Session – Yale University

When: April 26, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: Register below

Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to announce a virtual info session for prospective applicants. Anchored in a fully-funded 11-month Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, we are seeking high-caliber applicants who will represent the world’s next generation of leaders. Register here.

Fulbright Information Session (4 of 5)

When: April 28, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/99466418887

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.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Info Session

When: April 28, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYodu2sqzIiHdc2Yer9J9urvnlI3VmfQy5N

The Yale Human Research Protection Program provides administrative and regulatory support to 4 Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for biomedical research known as Human Investigation Committee (HIC I, HIC II, HIC III, HIC IV) and one IRB for social, behavioral and educational research known as Human Subjects Committee (HSC). If you are applying for, or have been awarded a fellowship, your research may requires IRB or exemption. Join IRB representatives for a review of this process.

Workshop: Writing Essays for National Fellowships

When: April 29, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/94144220904

Thinking of applying this fall for national fellowships like Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes, or Schwarzman--what about the Truman? Take a study break, and get a head start on your application essays with insights and advice from experts.

Info Session for UK Fellowships - Rhodes & beyond: postgrad study in UK/Ireland (6 of 6)

When: April 30, 2021 | 3:00pm4:00pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/96123695525

Calling all sophomores - seniors (international students too!): Have you wondered about postgraduate study in the UK or Ireland and fellowships to make it feasible? The Rhodes may be the most famous, but there are many other options as well—whether you’re a US citizen or an international student here at Yale. These provide many terrific postgraduate opportunities for degree courses in almost any subject, a year’s scientific research, and more. Campus application deadlines begin in early August, so now is the time to start thinking about applying!

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program Information Session

When: May 7, 2021 | 12:30pm1:30pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/98694283984

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 summer. NOTE: To join the webinar you must be signed into Zoom via SSO using your Yale netID.

Fulbright Information Session (5 of 5)

When: May 11, 2021 | 3:30pm4:30pm
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/j/99208530295

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.

George J. Mitchell Scholarship Application Deadline

When: September 24, 2021 | 5:00pm5:00pm
Where: Application Deadline

Learn more about the George J. Mitchell Scholarship.