Guidance for Summer Applicants

Introduction

Dwight Hall Summer Fellows was created in the summer of 1968 with a singular challenge: establish the environment for students to create social change through full-time, paid engagement in coordination with community partners. In its current form, Dwight Hall has expanded the number of opportunities to receive summer funding. Here’s a recap of each program/funding stream.

Dwight Hall at Yale staff is available to work with each student that has questions throughout the entire process. Please reach out to mark.fopeano@yale.edu.


Find the application at this link:

https://yalesurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eM6SU1ArPxdx4bP


Acceptable Forms of Summer Activity

Summer Fellows may request funding to support a project, internship, or research proposal. Typically, summer activities will be accomplished within eight weeks, and must be fully supported by a supervisor/mentor. Further definition and examples:

Project – Carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim, projects build the capacity of an organization to fulfill its mission statement. Projects have a clear, demonstrative end. Example: developing and testing the social media strategy of partner organization.
Internship – Covering a specific period of time, internships are professional experiences written and guided by the host organization. Example: “2022 Summer Intern” with partner organization.
Research Proposal – Research proposals describe what will be investigated, why it is important to do now, and exactly how you will do the research. Research may prove the efficacy of a program model, investigate social sector questions, or be more academic by nature. Example: developing and analyzing carbon emissions data in New Haven with xyz partner researcher.

Deadlines

This year, we will have two fellowship deadlines to meet the needs of students and community partners.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 10th (last day of classes before spring break)
Decision Notifications: Monday, March 27th (first day of classes after spring break)

Application Deadline: Monday, April 3rd
Decision Notifications: Friday, April 21st


Find an overview of Summer Opportunities, including financial compensation and program details, use this link:

Overview of Summer Opportunities


Application

All summer funding opportunities use the same application, and students will be considered for all possible funding streams.

The application is comprised of several short answer (150-200 word) and some long answer (500 word) questions. Applicants will be asked to share information about themselves, the summer activity they hope to take on, and the nature of their relationship with their guiding community partner.

Before completing the form, students should consider their answers to these questions:

  • Please briefly describe why you picked your major. (150-200 words).
  • What are your (tentative) career goals? (150-200 words).
  • Please provide a brief description of your summer activity. (150-200 words)
  • How many weeks will you require funding?
  • Demographic information on your sponsoring agency and mentor, including a date that you expect a support letter to be provided.
  • Briefly describe your relationship with your sponsoring agency and how you will work with you supervisor/mentor. (100-150 words)
  • Describe your motivations for pursuing this summer activity and its anticipated impact on the community. (500 word limit)
  • Please provide us with significant milestones, deliverables, and/or achievements for this summer activity. How will you be able to measure whether your summer was successful? (500 word limit). 
  • Please provide an anticipated weekly breakdown of your activities that justifies the number of weeks you are requesting funding (500 word limit). 
  • Please describe how this summer activity will impact your academic and/or professional career. (150-200 words)

Upon submission, a copy of your responses will be sent to your email address and to staff at Dwight Hall at Yale. Your supervisor/mentor will also be notified that an application has been submitted.

Letter of Support

The Summer Fellows application may be submitted without a Letter of Support, but a funding decision cannot be made until a Letter of Support has been submitted. The Letter of Support should be written by an individual with close knowledge of your summer activity and who is committed to supporting your work. Ideally, this person will be able to serve as a supervisor and mentor for the duration of your summer experience.

In some cases, Dwight Hall and/or YANA are able to facilitate conversations with potential supervisors/mentors. If this is the case, please plan to submit your application early. It is the responsibility of the applicant to seek guidance for your summer. Under no circumstances will a student be funded without a Letter of Support.

If you are applying for Dwight Hall in DC, you will not need to provide a letter of support. Instead, you will need to interview and be selected by the

Please see this link for a preferred Letter of Support format.

Selection

Each applicant is screened to ensure that the student and summer activity meet basic eligibility requirement. Then the application is blindly reviewed by a committee of Dwight Hall professional staff, students, and other stakeholders with these evaluative questions:

Does this student show a commitment to social change?
Is the proposed summer activity feasible? Will these be able to be completed remotely? Is the COVID Safety Plan acceptable?
Does this summer activity value the knowledge and guidance of community experts? Does the applicant have an adequate support letter?
Does this summer activity have a meaningful impact on the student’s academic and professional aspirations?
Scores are compiled centrally and the highest scoring applicants will be called for interviews.

Additional Summer Funding Resources

President’s Public Service Fellowship

Domestic Summer Award

Yale Fellowships and Funding

Office of Career Strategy – Common Good & Creative Careers

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