Public Voices Fellowship 2017-2018: Call for applications

July 5, 2017

We invite you, or someone you think would benefit from the program, to apply for the Yale Public Voices Fellowship for 2017-2018, the 7th consecutive year that this program has been at Yale. The ultimate goal of the program is faculty development, particularly for groups that are under-represented on campus, as well as to increase the influence of Yale’s top scholars as thought leaders in national media, including op-ed pieces, TV/radio interviews, TED talks, social media and more. More information on the program, a list of previous participants and their testimonials can be found at and

We are now seeking applications from faculty. Women and under-represented minority faculty at Yale are especially encouraged to apply. To request a spot in the 2017-2018 class of 20 PV Fellows, please email your application to Meg Urry and Laura Wexler. Review of applications will begin on July 18th. Details of the application process are given below. Feel free to contact either of us if you have any questions. We also invite you to forward this message to any faculty member you think might benefit from the Public Voices Fellowship.


Meg Urry (Physics and Astronomy) and Laura Wexler (WGSS,  American Studies, Film & Media Studies, Ethnicity, Race & Migration) 

Requirements of the Program

All participants are expected to make every effort to attend all four quarterly sessions throughout the fellowship year. Tentative dates for these convenings are:

·      Friday, September 22 – Saturday, September 23 (half day)

·      Friday, November 3 [note change of date]

·      Friday, February 9

·      Friday, May 4

The first session will be a full day and a half: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The next three sessions are each one day (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Participants should aim to publish at least two op-eds and/or participate in other venues of thought leadership throughout the fellowship year.


·      Brief description of your scholarship/work (limit to 1 page double-spaced), including:

o   What issues would you like to write about and how will your ideas contribute to public conversations? Please indicate if your scholarship has international relevance, as there is a funding source available for FAS scholars involved in international work.

o   Please tell us the unit in which your primary appointment is located (of Yale College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Architecture, School of Art, School of Drama, Divinity School, School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Law School, Medical School, School of Management, School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Public Health).

o   If applicable, describe the way in which your voice is under-represented.

·      Brief Curriculum Vitae (include non-academic publications or other forms of communication).

·      200 word (or less) professional bio and photo. Your bio and photo will be shared among those who are selected as Public Voices Fellows and with our partners in this program, The OpEd Project.

Please submit complete application material via email to Meg Urry and Laura Wexler  in Word or PDF format (photo as JPEG). Applications will be reviewed beginning July 18, 2017. We plan to announce Public Voices Fellows within a few weeks of the deadline.