The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program at Yale University

Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program for Emerging Global Leaders

Deadline: 8th December 2021

The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program is a four-month, full-time residential program based out of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. The Program runs annually from mid-August to mid-December.

The Program provides World Fellows the opportunity to expand their vision, learn from each other, and grow personally as well as professionally. World Fellows contribute to Yale’s intellectual life, give talks and participate on panels, collaborate with peers, audit classes, and also mentor students.

The Key Components of the Program

Weekly Seminars

World Fellows present to each other their vision for making the world a better place, what they do professionally, and how they contribute to building the ‘good society.’

World Fellows host distinguished guests for discussions on key topics, expanding their knowledge and challenging their views.

Personal Development

World Fellows receive individual and group coaching as well as skills development training. World Fellows can audit many of the 2,000+ courses offered at Yale, work on individual or collaborative projects, and also conduct independent research.

Hosting Events

World Fellows give talks and participate on panels across Yale, sharing their knowledge and expertise with students and faculty. Fellows are introduced to the campus during our annual World Fellows Night open house, which draws hundreds of attendees.

Mentoring Students

World Fellows mentor students (both undergraduate and graduate) who apply to be their liaisons. The student liaisons assist the Fellows in putting on events and ensure that they fully immerse to life at Yale.

Group Travel

Fellows have the opportunity to explore our dynamic region, both on their own and during our group trips to New York City and Washington, DC, plus a retreat in the beautiful Berkshire mountains.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be between five and twenty-five years into their professional careers, with demonstrated and significant accomplishments at a regional, national, or international level. The average age of a World Fellow is 39, though there is no minimum or maximum age limit.
  • Applicants must be citizens of a country other than the United States. While applicants who hold dual citizenship with the United States are eligible, strong preference is given to candidates whose work is focused outside the United States.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English. An excellent command of the English language is essential to successfully participating in the program.
  • World Fellows are required to be in residence at Yale University in New Haven for the during the entire program.


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Selection Criteria

  • An established record of extraordinary achievement and integrity.
  • A commitment to the good society and to making a positive impact at the local, national, or international level.
  • A promise of a future career in leadership and also notable global impact.
  • A special capacity for critical, creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic thinking.
  • A likelihood to benefit from participation in the program and to contribute to the global perspective on Yale’s campus.
  • A commitment to a rigorous program of activities, to full-time residence at Yale for the entire duration of the program, and to mentoring students and also speaking frequently on campus.

Fellowship Benefits

  • A taxable stipend to cover the costs of living in New Haven
  • A modest, furnished one, or two-bedroom apartment for the duration of the program
  • Medical insurance
  • Round-trip travel from home country

You can also visit the official webpage of the Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program at Yale University

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