Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University

Why you should consider this program

We are a community of scholars, students, practitioners, alumni, and staff dedicated to making a difference in all fields of global affairs.

We bring to Yale the most talented, passionate students from all the world dedicated to making the world a better place. We prepare students to understand the world through academically rigorous programs taught by outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, and prominent practitioners of global affairs.

Students learn from interdisciplinary faculty members from across campus as well as Jackson Senior Fellows—leading practitioners in government, business, international organizations, the NGO community, and other global affairs fields. Our Fellows spend a semester, or the full academic year, at Yale teaching classes and mentoring students.

The Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program is also part of the Jackson community. Each fall, we welcome 16 accomplished, mid-career global leaders to Yale for a four-month immersive transformational journey. World Fellows contribute to Yale’s intellectual life, participate in events, collaborate with peers, audit classes, mentor students and lead round-table discussions. The program, established in 2002, has a network of more than 300 Fellows from 87 countries.

In 2017, the Kerry Initiative became part of Jackson. The initiative, led by former Secretary of State John Kerry YC ’66, is an interdisciplinary program that tackles pressing global challenges through teaching, research, and international dialogue. In addition to leading the initiative, Sec. Kerry serves as Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs, teaching a seminar course.

Led by our Director, Professor James Levinsohn, Jackson was established in 2009 with a transformational gift from John W. ’67 and Susan G. Jackson. The Institute builds on Yale’s centuries long tradition of educating leaders. Yale’s graduates include five U.S. presidents; four U.S. Secretaries of State; the presidents or prime ministers of Mexico, South Korea, and Germany; numerous ambassadors; and many heads of private and non-profit enterprises that contribute to the public good such as Human Rights Watch, Mercy Corps, Ashoka, Unite for Sight, and the Peace Corps.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 82,000 $ 102,000 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 82,000 $ 102,000 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Full tuition and up to $20,000 stipend.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

  • TA-ships
  • RA-ships

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 12,000

Application fee waived?



All Coverdell Fellows receive a $5,000 summer stipend to complete their internship requirement.

Jobs for program alumni

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Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

GRE, three letters of recommendation, college transcripts, statement of purpose

Admissions process

Applicants should request to be considered for funding in their applications. All returning Peace Corps volunteers are automatically considered for the Coverdell Fellowship. Upon admission, applicants will be notified whether they have been chosen as a Coverdell Fellow.

Program begins

August 24, 2018


Asha Rangappa, Director of Admissions

55 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, Connecticut 06511