Yale-UBC Fox International Fellowship Program

The call for applications had ended for the 2020 UBC-Yale Fox International Fellowship Program, hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.


The Fox International Fellows Program is designed to enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by promoting international scholarly exchanges and collaborations among the next generation of leaders.  To accomplish this goal, the program seeks to identify and nurture those students who are interested in harnessing scholarly knowledge to respond to the world’s most pressing challenges.  For these reasons, the program especially welcomes students enrolled in the social sciences and kindred disciplines in the humanities and professional schools.

Award Amount:

Yale University will cover expenses directly with UBC-Yale Fox Fellows for 10 months starting in mid-August. Grants include:

  • Visa support
  • Round trip airfare
  • Housing
  • A stipend covering basic living expenses
  • Health insurance

UBC-Yale Fox Fellows will be responsible for continuing their pre-existing fee arrangements with The University of British Columbia.

There is no funding to cover any expenses for dependents.


Graduate level students pursuing Doctoral or Masters level degrees. The Fox International Fellowship is NOT open to postdoctoral applicants. US citizens are not eligible to apply, unless they have citizenship of another country and have never studied (Undergraduate and Graduate level) in the US.

Each student nominated as a UBC-Yale Fox Fellow shall have the approval of their academic supervisor.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Personal characteristics: The candidate must demonstrate commitment to serious research and capacity for leadership and civic engagement in the larger community. The candidate should also clearly understand and have demonstrated commitment to being a “citizen scholar” ambassador; defined as a scholar conducting academic work with the potential to offer practical solutions to the problems that stand in the way of the world’s peace and prosperity.
  • Strength of academic achievement: The candidate must demonstrate both excellence in relevant coursework as well as strong evidence of research ability in the field of endeavor they are proposing as their Fox Fellowship project.
  • Field of focus: A strong and specific research project with a focus in international relations and global affairs, environmental policy, public health, business and finance, sociology, economics, political science, political theory, law, and contemporary history, with preference for topics of contemporary, applied, theoretical and/or institutional relevance to enhancing the world’s peace and prosperity. The candidate’s overall program of studies or degree may come from different disciplines and departments as long as their project focuses on one or more of these fields.
  • Language skills: The candidate’s language skills must be sufficient both to succeed in their research project and to engage in the intellectual and social community of the host university and their colleagues in the Fox International Fellowship at Yale. Candidates for Fox Fellowships at Yale University have to provide recent TOEFL or IELTS scores demonstrating proficiency in English conversation, reading and writing. This requirement is waived only for applicants from partner institutions where English is the primary language of instruction.

Application Procedures:

Interested applicants can apply through the application form available here.

The above form will require that you upload the following:

  1. Upload a complete Fox Fellow Application (click to download)
  2. Provide names of two faculty members who will send a letter of recommendation directly to Jaylene Olson (jaylene.olson@ubc.ca)


Applications have now ended (February 2, 2020 at 11:59pm.)

Notifications will come via email from Yale University to successful applicants in May 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Jaylene Olson.

Read a reflection from one of our past UBC-Yale Fox Fellows here.

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