A Brief History:

The Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship Program was started in 1968 and has given Yale students the opportunity to spend their summer vacation in New Haven working full-time on projects they have designed in response to community needs. In addition to working with a community group, student group or non-profit to implement their project, the Fellows also meet for weekly dinner seminars with New Haven community leaders to gain advice and learn more about pertinent city issues.

Since its inception over 40 years ago, the Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship Program has promoted a commitment to the New Haven community amongst students.

The Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship has fostered many different and creative projects over the years. Students have worked with various New Haven non-profits and community organizations on topics such as: homelessness, adult literacy, international education, prison advocacy, health care, public policy, refugee assistance, arts management, and much more. Many students have also worked on creating new service groups and non-profit organizations through this Fellowship.

Dwight Hall Summer Fellows are strongly encouraged to collaborate and help each other with their projects. To that end, the Program provides space and time for the Fellows to interact, mainly through our weekly dinners, and through other social events. Fellows will be challenged to learn more about the policies and politics that affect their work over the summer. Through the weekly dinners, Fellows have been able to speak to important city and state political figures, heads of non-profit agencies, and other community leaders to engage in discussions around issues that affect not only the populations that the Fellows are serving, but the city at large.


Basic Information:

The Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship runs for 8 weeks (from June 2 – July 25, 2014). Fellows choose their own projects with local New Haven non-profit agencies. The types of projects vary widely. Some Fellows continue work that they did with a community agency during the academic year while others initiate new projects. Some Fellows do community service, others work on social justice issues or in the public arts. Fellows work full time on their Fellowships, and get paid a total of $3000 for the 8 weeks. Fellows are expected to attend weekly group lunches/dinners where they can meet with notable New Haven leaders (from City Hall, Public Housing Authority, Nonprofit agency directors, etc.) and talk about how their projects tie into the larger fabric of New Haven issues.

 Application Process & Schedule:

Applications Due: Monday, 4/7/14 at 5:00PM for priority consideration.

Interviews: April 2014

Acceptance E-mails Sent: beginning Wednesday, 4/29/14. Official announcement of all fellows on Friday, May 2!


Fellowship Orientation (full day): Monday, 6/2/14

Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship: Monday, 6/2/14 – Friday 7/25/14


Download the 2014 Dwight Hall Summer Fellowship Application.

Application Instructions: Please enter your information in the form fields, compose your narrative, and save with your name in the file.  Email the cover sheet, your proposal, resume, and transcript to and

Please contact at 203.432.2420 with questions.