Dean’s Emerging Scholars Initiative

Expanding the pipeline to faculty excellence and diversity through new and enhanced programs for Ph.D. students is a fundamental goal of the initiative for faculty excellence and diversity. To support this commitment, the Office of the Provost has partnered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to create the Dean’s Emerging Scholars Initiative that will focus on fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive graduate student community campus wide.

All “emerging scholars” must exhibit outstanding academic promise and achievement and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • they come from backgrounds that have been underrepresented in their chosen fields of study, including historically underrepresented minority students, first-generation college graduates, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or women in STEM fields;
  • they plan to pursue research related to issues of diversity and identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and ability;
  • they have previously been or are currently involved in diversity-related initiatives by volunteering for community service or outreach on a college or university campus.

The initiative has three components:

  • 15 Dean’s Emerging Scholars fellowships per year will be offered to incoming Ph.D. graduate students across all schools. These grants of $3,000 each year for three years will be in addition to standard departmental stipends. Students selected for this fellowship will also receive a one-time restricted research grant of $2,000 to be administered by their department or program. Recipients will be selected after admission decisions have been made by the Graduate School, but before offers of admission are sent out to applicants. Departments and programs may recommend recipients, but final decisions will be made by a committee comprised of the Dean of the GSAS, the Academic Deans, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity.
  • 10 competitive Dean’s Emerging Scholars research awards per year will be provided to currently-matriculated Ph.D. students. These one-time awards will help cover conference and/or field work expenses and will be administered by departments and programs. Application information is sent to current Ph.D. students each fall.
  • 6 Dean’s Emerging Scholars post-baccalaureate research education program fellowships: these post-baccalaureate students are recent bachelor’s degree recipients who have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D.. They take Yale courses to gain the research skills and academic credentials to become competitive applicants to, and successful students in, highly selective doctoral programs. They also participate in program-specific seminars and workshops, GRE preparation,  receive mentoring, and conduct research alongside beginning Yale Ph.D. students. This program builds upon Yale’s NIH-funded NIH-PREP (Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program) and extends to the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and engineering. More information and application forms are posted here.

This initiative adds to some of Yale’s existing “pipeline” programs to expand the excellence and diversity of future generations of faculty, including: 

Questions about this initiative? Contact:

Michelle Nearon
Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity 
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Warner House
1 Hillhouse Avenue
Phone: 203-432-1301