Dwight Hall at Yale

Center for Public Service and Social Justice

2017 Dwight Hall Summer Fellows

Summary of Opportunity: 

Complete responsibilities and payment information can be found in the program description.

To apply, please complete the application.

Since 1968, the Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship has offered the unique opportunity for students to dedicate themselves to creating real social change.  Specifically designed for those engaged students who need the time and resources to enact a socially good idea, students are employed full-time, minimally eight weeks, and asked to execute an innovative project that attempts to fill a social need.

Dwight Hall at Yale is not prescriptive in issues or process, but students must show his/her project is innovative in nature, has been sponsored by a community expert, and will have demonstrable results.

In addition to full-time work on their approved project, Summer Fellows engage in a series of community-building and boundary expanding activities with their peers.  Weekly meetings revolve around food, conversation, trainings, reflection, speakers, and collective learning.

Application Process

  • Early application deadline is Monday, January 30th, 2016 by 9:00 am.*
  • Accepted applications will be called for an interview before Friday, February 3rd.
  • Announcement of Early Applicant acceptance will be Friday, February 17th.
  • Rolling applications will be accepted until Monday, February 27th, 2016 by 9:00 am.
  • Final announcements of Summer Fellows will be made Friday, March 17th.   
  • Each candidate’s application and proposal will be reviewed by a committee of Dwight Hall at Yale staff, cabinet members, and former Summer Fellows.
  • Contact Mark Fopeano (mark.fopeano@yale.edu) or 203-432-2446 with any questions.

Guidelines for Project Proposals

  • Must show they address a critical social issue/challenge
  • Must show considerable, responsible innovation that addresses social issue/challenge
  • Must be sponsored by an authority figure of the issue/challenge
  • Must define goals that can be accomplished within duration of Fellowship
  • May be part of an effort that is already underway
  • If necessary, project must demonstrate how continuity will be maintained beyond the fellowship
  • Projects generally last a minimum of eight weeks, beginning the first full week of June, but special consideration may be given to projects of varying length.
Open To: 
Recurrence of Opportunity: 
Contact Name: 
Mark Fopeano