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Note: Due to the COVID 19 situation globally, the Yale travel policy has been altered and fellowship funding will be impacted by this.

All fellowship applicants will receive specific information by email. Please also view these FAQs carefully.

FAQ: I applied for the Light Fellowship or for a Yale Postgraduate fellowship – where can I get information about those?

If you applied for the Light Fellowship or for Postgraduate awards, you will receive guidance via email.

FAQ: 1.  I applied for fellowships to support my summer plans. Are CIPE fellowships still going ahead?

To some extent, yes. A limited number of Fellowship awards will be made but, in accordance with the Yale College Travel Policy, students will not be able to use their awards for international or domestic travel. Students may be selected for summer fellowships based on the strength of their original proposal and the feasibility of conducting research or internship remotely from wherever they are located.
It is always a good idea to have a backup plan particularly because of the travel restrictions currently in place. You might find this advice from the Office for Career Strategy helpful: https://ocs.yale.edu/narrative/summer-plans-covid-19.

FAQ: 2.  I didn’t apply for CIPE fellowships by the original deadlines, can I apply now?

In fairness to all students, deadlines for CIPE fellowships are firm. We are only able to accept adapted proposals from students who met the CIPE application deadlines in February and submitted applications for CIPE summer fellowships.

FAQ: 3.  I met the deadline and applied for a CIPE fellowship, but I now plan to pursue a different activity. Can I submit an adapted application for the new activity?

No, we cannot accept any brand-new proposals at this point. Anything submitted now must be an adaptation of your original proposal. Your adapted proposal must be for the same internship/research as the original proposal with clearly outlined plans as to how it will be carried out remotely from wherever you are located.

FAQ: 4.  I applied for a summer fellowship through the CIPE Summer Fellowships Common Application – what happens now?

You will receive an email from fellowships@yale.edu inviting you to submit an adaptation of your original proposal, outlining how you will carry out your original plans remotely, if that is possible. Please submit your adapted proposal via the Student Grants Database using the link provided in the email.


You may find the following resources from OCS helpful as you think about an online summer experience:

If you do not meet the deadline to submit an adaptation of your original proposal, your application will be withdrawn.

FAQ: 5.  I originally planned to carry out an international internship – what happens now?

You will need to be in touch with your employer to confirm your internship and to determine if it is possible and feasible for you to conduct your internship remotely.


You will receive an email from fellowships@yale.edu inviting you to submit an adaptation of your original proposal, outlining the plan you and your employer have made for carrying out your confirmed internship remotely. Along with this, you will need to submit a Host Organization agreement form, signed by the Host Organization. You will be able to submit the adaptation and the requested forms via the Student Grants Database using the link provided in the email.

If you do not meet the deadline to submit an adaptation of your original proposal, your application will be withdrawn.

FAQ: 6.  I applied for a summer fellowship through the CIPE Summer Research Fellowships Common Application – what happens now?

You will receive an email from fellowships@yale.edu. This email will provide details on how you may submit an adaptation of your original research proposal, if it is possible and feasible for you to conduct your proposed research remotely. In making this determination you will need to consult with your faculty adviser or PI. You will submit this adaptation via the Student Grants Database using the link provided in the email.


If you do not meet the deadline to submit an adaptation of your original proposal, your application will be withdrawn. 


If you were intending to carry out research involving Human Subjects, you will need to be especially aware of the IRB guidelines this year concerning responsible and remote research.

FAQ: 7.  I still don’t know if I will receive the internship for which I applied. What should I do?

In order to submit an adapted proposal, you must have confirmed your internship and received written confirmation from your employer that you will be able to carry out the internship remotely.

You will need to reach out to the employer to check whether they are still accepting interns this summer and whether remote work would be possible.

FAQ: 8.  Will I get the amount I requested in my original budget?

So that we may support as many students as possible, all CIPE fellowship awards will be a flat amount of $4000. These funds are intended to support you as you conduct your work remotely from your current residence.

FAQ: 9.  Can I defer a fellowship to next year so that I can do it in person?

Fellowship awards may not be deferred from one year to the next. This year, fellowship awards may only be used to support experiences which can be carried out remotely. You may apply for fellowships again next year. If you are a junior, you may apply for postgraduate fellowship awards to support activities following the completion of your senior year.

FAQ: 10.  Can I travel if my original destination becomes an option according to the CDC?

No. This year, Yale funding may only be used to support remote experiences.

FAQ: 11.  I applied for funding to carry out a study abroad experience, can I still win an award to study abroad remotely?

CIPE fellowships are not available to support study abroad or language learning online for the summer of 2020. If you receive Financial Aid, you may pursue such options as the Domestic Summer Award (DSA).

FAQ: 12.  If I am awarded a fellowship for summer 2020 can I use it during the winter break instead?

The limitations placed on CIPE fellowships have not changed. CIPE fellowships require a minimum duration of 6-8 weeks and as such cannot be used to conduct activities over the winter break.

FAQ: 13.  If I am awarded a fellowship for summer 2020 can I use it during the semester instead?

Due to the limits of our funding sources, we are only able to award funding for the summer. If you are not able to carry out your work remotely over the summer of 2020, you may apply for fellowships again next year.

FAQ: 14.  I was going to use a fellowship for an international or domestic experience and it’s NOT something that can be done remotely.  What can I do this summer?

It may not be possible to adapt your proposal for remote work. If this is the case for you, remember that you can apply for fellowships next year.


It is always a good idea to have a backup plan and, given the travel restrictions currently in place, a local or remote option may be best. You might find this advice from the Office for Career Strategy helpful: https://ocs.yale.edu/narrative/summer-plans-covid-19.

  
If you are eligible, consider applying for the expanded DSA.

FAQ: 15.  I’ve already bought my flight for my international experience.  Can I be reimbursed for that? 

No. Fellowships are competitive and in applying it is not guaranteed that you will be selected to receive an award. By choosing to expend funds prior to receiving notification that you have received an award you risk covering those costs yourself.  Airlines are being unusually generous with credits, waivers, refunds etc. given the pandemic and we encourage you to contact them directly.    

FAQ: 16.  When will I be notified whether I have been awarded a CIPE summer fellowship?

We hope to notify fellowship awardees as soon as possible toward mid-May.

FAQ: 17.  If I am awarded a summer fellowship when and how will the money be disbursed?

We are working to disburse funds as quickly as possible under exceptional circumstances. We appreciate your patience and understanding.


If you are awarded a fellowship for the summer of 2020, we will be in touch with you directly regarding how to set up a direct deposit.

FAQ: 18.  My plans for this summer were a critical part of meeting my long-term goals. How can I explain the gaps in my resume, lack of progress in my research, or other plans/awards that fell through when I apply for fellowships/jobs/graduate school in the future?

This year is going to be full of uncertainty and hardship on many levels for everyone across the globe. It may be that your planned internship employer is no longer hiring, or the fellowship or study abroad experience you were hoping to do is not going ahead. We are not able to predict the outcomes or impact of this pandemic on future opportunities, but we do envision that there will be a universal understanding that 2020 was an unusual year and that this may be reflected in résumés. 


Once things have settled, you may find it helpful to make an appointment with an OCS advisor to discuss how to adjust your CV or résumé accordingly.

FAQ: 19.  Can I be paid for my remote internship and receive a CIPE fellowship?

CIPE fellowships can only be used to support internships that are unpaid or low-paid (no more than $1500 for the duration of the internship).

FAQ: 20.  I am a non-US citizen – how does this affect me?

As always, non-US citizens are eligible for CIPE fellowships but carrying out remote work or work in your current location may have important visa and/or tax implications. Non-US citizens are strongly advised to contact the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) to discuss the nuances of their individual situation and make an informed decision regarding their summer plans.