Career Strategy Fellowships Study Abroad Summer Session

Application Process

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Tip: Below you will learn how to start your online Student Grants Database application where you will find all the detailed information you need to complete your application.

  • Deadlines are non-negotiable and strictly enforced.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early to avoid any technical issues with submission.
  • Please remember that these steps are for the Light Fellowship only, and you must separately apply to and be admitted into one or more programs at the Approved Sites Abroad of your choice. 
  • If you wish to receive general graduation credit for your program(s), you must also separately apply for credit.
  1. Review eligibility requirements to ensure you meet all criteria before applying.

  2. Start an application through the Yale Student Grants Database.

The first step in the application process is to log into the Yale Student Grants Database with your NetID and Password. Search for the Richard U. Light Fellowship. Click "Apply" and complete the "Start Your Application" section. You will be asked to select a term for which you intend to apply; if you are unsure, pick your most likely term - you can petition to change your term later. Once you complete the "Start Your Application" section, all other sections of the application will appear. Starting an application does not obligate you to complete the application process. However, it enables Light Fellowship staff to contact you with important updates. Furthermore, you can track the status of your application materials.  Please refer to our calendar for the deadline to start your application.

  1. Attend a Light Fellowship information session.

Applicants are required to attend an information session in order to be eligible to apply. Applicants must also attend one of these sessions before they will be allowed to schedule an appointment for additional advising. During the information session, we provide important and detailed information about application procedures and requirements. Information sessions are open to all students, and the content of each meeting is identical.

Applicants are only required to attend one information session before the application deadline; however, each applicant must attend a session held in the academic year they intend to apply. Having attended an information session in previous academic years does not satisfy the requirement for the current competition. Review the calendar for dates and times of information sessions.

Note: While the Light Fellowship runs competitions in the Early Fall (for spring term-only study) and the Late Fall (for summer, fall, and/or academic year study), students may attend any one of the information sessions so long as they do so prior to their final application deadline. All Information sessions are held during the fall semester, from September to early-December. There are no information sessions after December 4.

  1. Meet with the Light Fellowship Staff (Optional).

If, after attending an information session, you still have questions regarding the Light Fellowship application or your choice of programs, you may schedule an appointment to meet with Light Fellowship staff. However, meeting with the staff is not an application requirement.

  1. Complete all required application items.

Carefully review all the application instructions and advice found in your Yale Student Grants Database application. Be sure to complete every section and follow the format requirements for uploading attached documents.  Please remember to request your language evaluation and letter of recommendation at least three weeks in advance of the language evaluation and recommendation letter deadline.  If you are a transfer, graduate school, or professional school student, please remember to request all required transcripts as soon as possible.

Remember to press the "Submit" button before 1:00 PM on the application deadline date.  

  1. Apply to language program(s) at Light Fellowship Approved Sites Abroad.

You must separately apply to and be admitted into one or more programs at the Approved Sites Abroad of your choice.  Carefully review the page for each Approved Site Abroad for any specific notes or requirements.  For example, in order to receive Light Fellowship funding for certain programs, we require a separate written statement.  

It will not be possible to apply to all programs before the Light Fellowship application deadline, but if possible, we encourage you to apply to your top program choice prior to the Light Fellowship application deadline.  Remember that many programs have deadlines before the Light Fellowship application deadline.

While we are happy to meet with you to discuss which program(s) would be a good fit for you based on your specific goals and language level, please reach out to the programs directly with any questions about program applications or requirements. 

  1. Apply for credit for Light Fellowship study (Optional).

Note: Applying for credit is external to the Light Fellowship application and is NOT a requirement for the Light Fellowship.

To learn more about applying for credit, please visit the Study Abroad website.  If you have questions about applying for credit that are not addressed during the information session, you can make an appointment with the Assistant Director of the Light Fellowship.

Study Abroad Deadlines
  • Spring Term Abroad: October 15, 2017
  • Summer Abroad: March 1, 2018
  • Fall Term and Full Year Abroad: March 5, 2018