Public Voices Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for next year’s Public Voices Fellowship! Please read on for details about the program and how to apply.

The Public Voices Fellowship

The Public Voices Fellowship at Yale is an opportunity for 20 women and under-represented minority scholars to work with top journalists from The OpEd Project. Fellows attend 2 interactive convenings per semester for 1 or 1.5 days, and receive mentorship for the whole academic year. Fellows are supported in all arenas of public thought leadership, including writing and placing op-ed pieces, conducting TV and radio interviews, and using social media. 

The fellowship is designed to assist scholars in increasing their influence as thought leaders whose ideas impact not only academia, but also larger public debates. Fellows are assigned individual mentors and have the opportunity to access a national network of editor-mentors and high-level media experts in making sure their scholarship and expertise contribute to the public sphere.

Public Voices is supported by the Office of the Provost and is part of WFF’s ongoing public thought leadership, mentorship, and professional development efforts. Sponsorship of fellows for 2013-2014 comes from: Institution for Social and Policy Studies, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Physics Dept., and Schools of Divinity, Medicine, and FE&S.

How to Apply

We are now seeking applications from women and under-represented minority faculty of all genders at Yale. To request a spot in the class of 20, please answer the following questions and email your completed application to by April 17.

Requirements of the program

All participants are expected to make every effort to attend all four quarterly sessions throughout the fellowship year and will be required to make at least three sessions. The 2014-2015 sessions are scheduled for:

  1. September 12 and 13, 2014
  2. November 7, 2014
  3. January 23, 2015
  4. March 27, 2015

All participants are expected to publish a minimum of two Op-Eds, and/or participate in other venues of public thought leadership, during the fellowship year.


  • Describe your research/scholarship and how it is of public value or can inform the important conversations of our day both in and outside of academia. What ideas would you like to write about and how will your arguments advance your field, impact policy, and/or contribute to positive change in the world?  Also, please indicate if there is an international studies component to your scholarship. (1 page double-spaced or less)
  • Provide your curriculum vitae (include non-academic publications or other forms of communication).
  • Provide a 200 word (or less) professional bio with a photo. This bio will be shared among those who are selected as Public Voices fellows.
  • Please indicate if you are not available for any of the convening dates.

Please submit your completed application via email to in PDF or Word format by April 17. The Selection Committee will announce its decisions by April 30.

Please email with any questions.