Deadline for 2020 Liman Yale Summer Fellowships Applications: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

All Yale undergraduates—with the exception of graduating seniors—are eligible to apply.

Please note: the following instructions are for undergraduate applicants at Yale College. Students from Barnard, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, and Stanford can obtain application instructions from the program contacts at their respective schools.

Applications must be submitted online through the Student Grants Database, which can be found at Please submit all documents in PDF format. Except for your transcript, all documents must be in Courier New 12-point font. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

A complete application for undergraduates at Yale includes:

  1. Your resume (no more than two pages), which should include both academic and work experiences, including volunteer work and public service projects.
  2. A reflective essay not to exceed 1,000 words about yourself, so that the Selection Committee can learn more about you. Please do not repeat your resume, and feel free to write about topics, ideas, or projects that engage you and that help us understand your commitments.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from Yale faculty (preferably, if possible, from ladder faculty, or faculty who have visited at Yale and now teach at another institution, rather than teaching assistants or graduate students). The recommendations should come from individuals who know your work.
  4. A copy of your current college transcript. (An unofficial copy suffices.)
  5. Summer host organization. You need not have secured an internship when you apply for the Liman Summer Fellowship. However, be aware that some summer internship application deadlines will pass before the Summer Fellows are selected. We therefore recommend that, if possible, you reach out to organizations in areas of interest to you to learn whether they can offer you a position and explain that you have pending applications for support. Once selections are made, you can return to those organizations you have contacted.

Liman Summer Fellowship placements must be within the United States. International placements are not eligible. Additionally, the Liman Center sponsors two designated summer fellowships, one at the Legal Action Center in its New York City and/or D.C. office, and one at All Our Kin in New Haven. Please review each organization’s website and indicate in this section of the application whether you would like to be considered for either of these placements.

For applicants who are selected but who have not already obtained placements, the Liman Center will assist in helping to identify internship opportunities that fit the Summer Fellows’ interests.

This section of the application should include, no more than one page, a description of the organizations you have contacted or are intending to contact for summer placement.