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Many questions you may have are addressed in the Fellowships and Funding FAQ. Please see below for situations specific to summer 2021:

FAQ: Where can I get information about the Light Fellowship, Yale Postgraduate Fellowships, and national/international awards?

If you applied for the Light Fellowship or a Yale Postgraduate Fellowship, you will receive guidance via email.  If you are thinking of applying for a national or international award, please see the individual descriptions in the Student Grants Database and/or the individual websites for further information on summer 2021. 

FAQ: Are CIPE fellowships still going ahead this summer?

Summer Fellowships are going ahead with some restrictions, as per the Yale College Travel Policy. For international activities, there will certainly be many restrictions on a country by country basis. As usual, students will be selected for summer fellowships based on the strength and feasibility of their proposal. 
PLEASE NOTE:  If the Yale College Travel Policy does not allow travel to the proposed country or region as of April 5th, the project proposed will need to be conducted remotely from the student’s summer location.

It is always a good idea to have a backup plan, particularly because of changing situations, uncertainty, and travel restrictions currently in place across the world.

FAQ: How does Yale's recent announcement  affect summer fellowships?

Yale has announced that “For summer 2021, we anticipate, though this is not yet certain, that the universal travel restriction will be lifted.” As a result, we will move forward with planning for summer 2021 but strongly recommend that students consider how their project could be carried out remotely, if necessary.

FAQ: What are my options for summer 2021?

As usual, you may only submit one application for CIPE summer fellowships. You may propose an in-person experience and provide information as to how that would be carried out remotely, if necessary. Alternatively, you may propose an activity which will be carried out remotely from wherever you are located.

FAQ: Do the fellowship eligibility requirements still apply?

Eligibility restrictions on fellowships have not changed. If you are applying for a fellowship which is for international travel, you may submit an application to carry out a remote experience from where you are based but the internship or research you are proposing must be based outside of the USA. Please see the eligibility criteria for each fellowship in the Student Grants Database.

Travel Policy and Travel Logistics

Note: As of April 5th, if the Yale College universal travel restriction is not lifted, or the Yale College Travel Policy does not allow travel to the proposed country or region, the project proposed will need to be conducted remotely.

FAQ: Can I travel if my original destination becomes eligible for travel after April 5 (according to the Yale College Travel Policy).

No. This year, the Yale College Travel Policy will be consulted on April 5, 2021 to determine whether or not you may use Yale funding to travel to your proposed destination. If your proposed destination is not permitted as of April 5, 2021, you may not use Yale funding to travel to this destination during the summer of 2021.

FAQ: What if the Yale College Travel Policy becomes more restrictive after April 5th, restricting travel to my proposed destination?

If the Yale College Travel Policy does not allow travel to your proposed destination at the time of your intended departure, you may not travel. Please be in touch and we can arrange for you to carry out your experience remotely.  Depending on the difference in cost, you may be required to return a portion of your award.

FAQ: If I receive the COVID vaccine, may I travel to a country which is not allowed given the restrictions of the Yale Travel Policy?  

No. Receiving the COVID vaccine does not override Yale’s Travel Policy for restricted countries. 

FAQ: Will Yale support a quarantine stopover in a 3rd country so that I can meet entry requirements in my destination?  

If there are specific quarantine rules for the country you are proposing to travel to, you should not try to find ways around those. We recommend all students carefully consider whether travel is necessary at this time. We recommend that you check very carefully all aspects of travel, including the availability of flights and all aspects of Covid management protocols for any destination. These are uncertain times and things change fast, and you will be best served by developing excellent skills in monitoring the situation and flexibility in how you approach your summer planning.

FAQ: If I am not awarded a fellowship, can I still travel independently?

Yale does not determine restrictions for independent travel, but you are still advised to follow institutional travel guidance. It is recommended that students review the Travel Policy and become familiar with the International SOS Global Travel Assistance services, ISOS COVID-19 resources, and CDC Travel During COVID-19 guidance.

Additionally, it is critical that you make informed travel decisions that prioritize the health and safety not only of yourself but also the communities in which you will engage. To help weigh the risks that your visit may add, even unintentionally, to the challenges that communities might be facing with Covid-19 and potentially other difficulties, be sure to research in-country operations, restrictions, and guidance on social behavior (including, but not limited to, countrywide lockdowns and resource limitations). Such restrictions and guidance may mean curtailing the activities and behaviors that you might have otherwise intended or choosing to defer travel altogether.

If, after considering all of these health and safety factors, you still choose to travel independently, you would be doing so at your own risk, and with no academic credit transfer, funding, or institutional endorsement. You should register your travel with Yale so that you can be reached in the event of a major emergency.

Remote Experiences

FAQ: Will I be less likely to receive an award if I apply to conduct a remote experience? 

If your proposal is strong and you have demonstrated that you can carry out the proposed project remotely then you may propose a remote experience. We strongly advise all students to carefully consider whether travel is necessary or advisable at this time.

FAQ: I applied to carry out an in-person project but I don’t think it can be done remotely. Can I propose a different project? 

No, you may only apply for a fellowship to carry out one project to be carried out in person, if permitted by the travel policy, or remotely. We cannot accept multiple applications or applications for different projects after the fellowship deadline. If you cannot carry out your proposed project remotely, please let us know so that your application can be withdrawn.

FAQ: I want to use a fellowship for an international 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 uncertainty, health risks and travel restrictions currently in place, an alternative local or remote project may be best.

Non-U.S. Citizens and Residents

FAQ: 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 and Scholars (OISS) to discuss the nuances of their individual situation and make an informed decision regarding their summer plans.  

FAQ: My residence is outside the U.S. Can I get funding to carry out a remote or in-person fellowship experience in my home country?

It is possible to be funded for an experience in your home country. Please refer to the eligibility requirements of the individual fellowship.

Internship Planning

FAQ: I plan to carry out an international internship. How can I work with my employer to make my experience remote? 

You will need to be in touch with your employer to determine if it is possible and feasible for you to conduct your internship remotely. You may wish to share this helpful information from the Office of Career Strategy (OCS) for employers about creating a remote internship.

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

You may apply for fellowships before you know whether you have been accepted your proposed internship. However, in order to receive fellowship funding (which happens at a later date in the semester), you must have confirmed your original proposed internship and received written confirmation from your employer.

FAQ: If I receive funds for an internship, what additional information will I need to provide? 

If you are awarded a fellowship, you will be asked to submit a Host Organization Agreement form, signed by the Host Organization. You will receive further information about this in your award documents, after you have been awarded. 

Research Planning

FAQ: I plan to carry out research. What happens if I need to do this remotely?

As you are applying to fellowships, you will need to consult with your faculty adviser or PI to see whether it is possible and feasible for you to carry out your research remotely and make appropriate plans for that eventuality. Please see our research resources page for further information about planning remote research.

FAQ:If I am doing research, do I need faculty support?

If you are able to carry out your research in person, it will be necessary for you to have the guidance of your faculty advisor throughout your experience. Your advisor must agree that they are willing and able to provide this guidance throughout the summer.

FAQ: Are there guidelines for research involving Human Subjects?

If you are intending to carry out research involving Human Subjects, you will need to be especially aware of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidelines involving contact with subjects to protect their health and wellbeing.  At this time, you are strongly encouraged to engage with research participants remotely, rather than in-person, where possible.

Budgeting and Awards

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

So that we may support as many students as possible, all CIPE fellowship awards for remote work will be a flat amount of up to $4000. These funds are intended to support you as you conduct your work remotely from your current residence.  If you are awarded to carry out your project in-person, you will be awarded an amount based on your budget, as approved by the committee.

FAQ: Can I be paid for my in-person or 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: Can I ask for fellowship funding to cover quarantine costs for entering/leaving countries?

Fellowships may provide a limit of up to $1,000 towards quarantine costs for entering another country or returning to the USA. You are advised to consult the entry requirements of the country you wish to travel to and of the country you will be returning to at the end of your experience. We strongly urge all students to carefully consider whether travel is necessary at this time.

FAQ: In the event that I am not awarded a fellowship, can I be reimbursed for any bookings or plans I have made?  

No. Fellowships are competitive and there is no guarantee that you will be selected to receive an award. By choosing to spend funds prior to receiving notification that you have received an award, you risk covering those costs yourself.

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

We hope to notify fellowship awardees as soon as possible, in early May.

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

We plan to disburse fellowship funding sometime in mid to late May.

Deferring Summer Fellowships

FAQ: 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. You may apply for fellowships again next year.

FAQ: If I am awarded a fellowship for summer 2021 can I use it during the winter break instead?  

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

FAQ: If I am awarded a fellowship for summer 2021 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.

Long-term Planning

FAQ: 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? 

There has been a lot of uncertainty and hardship on many levels for everyone across the globe in recent months. 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/impact of this pandemic on future opportunities, but we do envision that there will be a universal understanding that these are unusual times and that this may be reflected in résumés.   
You may find it helpful to make an appointment with an OCS advisor to discuss how to adjust your short-term and long-term goals.