Yale University- Jackson School of Global Affairs

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 Dean, Professor James Levinsohn, Jackson was established in 2009 with a transformational gift from John W. ’67 and Susan G. Jackson. Jackson transitioned to the School of Global Affairs in July 2022. Jackson builds on Yale’s centuries long tradition of educating leaders. Yale’s graduates include five U.S. presidents; seven 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 $ 91,400 $ 91,400 $ 0
Out of state $ 91,400 $ 91,400 $ 0
* 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

Coverdell Fellows receive full tuition (and may receive an additional merit-based stipend to off-set cost of living expenses). Estimated cost of living expenses (housing, food, medical, etc.) for 2021-2022 at Yale are approximately $24,000 per year.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

  • TA-ships
  • RA-ships

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 24,000

Application fee waived?



All M.P.P. students at Jackson are eligible to receive up to $5,000 for unpaid summer internships. Since most Jackson summer experiences are international in nature, most Coverdell Fellows complete their 150 hour Coverdell internship requirement during the academic year over the course of their two years. Most of our Fellows serve with IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services) in downtown New Haven, CT.

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 must check the appropriate box in their application to request to be considered for all funding. All RPCVs interested in being considered for the Coverdell Fellowship must upload a 500 word-max Peace Corps Fellowship Statement to the online application indicating how the fellowship fits into their academic and professional plans, and how they plan to fulfill the Coverdell requirement of completing an internship in an underserved American community. Coverdell Fellows are named after intent to matriculate decisions are made.

Program begins


Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



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