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Gruber Fellowships

Each year the Gruber Program awards a number of fellowships to graduating Yale students and recent alumni. Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women’s Rights are post-graduate fellowships that allow recent graduates of Yale graduate and professional schools to spend a year working on issues of relevance to the fields of global justice and/or women's rights.


Yale Law School

September 15, 2015, 12:10 – 1:00 pm, SLB, 127 Wall St, Room 128
RSVP – lunch provided: Aleksandra Kopacz

School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences
September 21, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, KRN, 195 Prospect St, Room 319
RSVP – lunch provided: Joshua Galperin

Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
September 22, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, 55 Hillhouse Ave, Room 106
RSVP – lunch provided: Elizabeth Gill

Divinity School
September 29, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, SDQ, 409 Prospect St, (RSV) Room S200
RSVP- lunch provided: Susan Olson













Applications for the 2016-2017 Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women’s Rights will be due on December 3, 2015. Students and recent alumni (up to three years after graduation) of all Yale graduate and professional schools are eligible to apply. 

Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend a campus information session. All applicants should meet with Sara Lulo, Director of the Gruber Program, to discuss project proposal ideas and receive feedback on one draft. Preliminary meetings should take place as early as possible, and preliminary drafts should be submitted for review/feedback at least one day in advance of your meeting. To schedule a meeting with Ms. Lulo, please contact Aleksandra Kopacz.

Previous Projects: Gruber Fellows in Global Justice and Women’s Rights by Year





Preparing Your Application

We strongly advise an early start on developing your Gruber Fellowship application. Please closely follow the guidelines provided. 

Suggested timeline:

Amelia Reese Masterson’s Gruber Fellowship developed a pilot program focused on women’s empowerment and food security among refugee communities in Lebanon.

March-April 2015: Attend a campus information session; check this website for schedule. Reach out to potential host organizations and develop outline for project ideas. Feel free to reach out to Sara Lulo, Director of the Program, as early as possible to discuss your ideas and get feedback.

Summer-early Fall 2015: Each applicant should meet individually, at least once, with Sara Lulo, to review a draft of the application/proposal. These meetings are designed to help applicants strengthen their project proposals. To schedule a meeting, please contact Aleksandra Kopacz.

November: If you have not done so already, meet with Sara Lulo. Carefully review application guidelines. Finalize application materials. Confirm that letters of recommendation have been submitted before the deadline.

Final application deadline: December 3, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is eligible to apply?
A. Yale graduate and professional students and recent alumni of Yale graduate and professional schools (within three years) are eligible to apply.

Q. Can my project be research for my dissertation/book project/grant?
A. No. Gruber Fellowships are not meant for research or academic papers, but for practical projects that will promote women’s rights or global justice.

Q. Must projects address both global justice and women’s rights?
A. No. Projects can focus on women’s rights OR global justice OR both.

Q. What is “global justice”?
A. While it is impossible to create a precise definition of global justice, it includes projects that promote the rule of law, human rights, and the promotion of justice in legal systems.

Q. Must the projects be international?
A. Women’s rights projects can be domestic or international. Global justice projects should address justice issues beyond the United States borders.

Q. Can I start my own organization or work on a project solo?
A. No. Because Gruber Fellowships are only for one year, projects are more likely to be successful when they are embedded in and supported by an established organization.
For information about other public interest fellowships, visit the YLS Public Interest Fellowships page.

Rev. Aug 26, 2015