Edward A. Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Supported through the generosity of Heaton Robertson, Yale College Class of 1965.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019 (4 pm)

The Edward A. Bouchet Fellowship Program is named in honor of Yale’s first African-American graduate and the first African-American in the United States to earn a PhD. The Bouchet Fellowship is designed to increase the number of minority students and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will purse PhDs and subsequent careers in academia.

The Edward A. Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program is an effort to increase the pool of young people qualified to meet the needs of educational institutions into the next century. Similar to the statements made by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with respect to a similar fellowship program administered in Yale College, “the [Edward A. Bouchet] program aims to reduce over time the serious under-representation of individuals from certain minority groups at the faculty level, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities. The program serves the related goals of structuring campus environments so that they will become more conducive to improved racial and ethnic relations, and of providing role models for all youth.” The Fellowship allows students to work on paid research projects during the academic year, and to pursue full-time research during the summers between sophomore and junior years, and between junior and senior years.


Eligible Fields of Study

The Edward A. Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program welcomes all fields of study. Candidates may apply without regard to nationality or citizenship status.


Information Session and Selection Procedures

Information Sessions will be held on:

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 4:00-5:00 p.m. at 55 Whitney 2nd fl., Room 220. Dinner will be served. 
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 6-7 pm at 55 Whitney Ave, 2nd Fl., Room 220

Application Requirements

TThe following documents must be received by the Friday, February 1, 2018 (applications will close at 4 pm):

  • A short application, which includes two essays  
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a classroom instructor at Yale College 
  • Writing Sample (limit 10 pp. Sample not restricted to your current or intended major/area of interest. This should be a piece of writing that you are proud of.) 
  • An unofficial copy of applicant’s Yale College transcript
  • A completed Faculty Mentor Assignment Form


Contact Information

Dean Kelly Fayard
Director, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Programs
Director, Native-American Cultural Center and Assistant Dean, Yale College
55 Whitney Ave, STE 251

Pratima Golopalakrishnan
Coordinator, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Graduate School of Arts & Sci 2020 (Religious Studies)

Sharleen Sánchez Barriera
Program Assistant, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Fellowship Program
55 Whitney Ave, STE 630