Funding an Unpaid Internship

Various forms of summer funding exists for students pursuing UNPAID internships. Further details on funding opportunities available are listed on the Yale Grants and Fellowship Database.

Some funding sources to keep in mind include:

YSPH Summer Funding Application Overview

Important Dates:

January 2019 - YSPH Funding Application goes live in the Student Grant/Fellowship Database

March 29, 2019, 1:00 pm - Application Deadline 

How to apply?

  • Apply via the Student Grant/Fellowship Database
  • Search using keyword "School of Public Health". "Yale School of Public Health Summer Internship Awards" is the name of the application. 

Summer Funding Application:

Project Proposal:

  • Max 2 pages double spaced (11 or 12 font)
  • Aim for Clarity - answer the what/where/when of your project in the first paragraph.
  • Be Specific – include project supervisor’s name (preceptor) and evidence that you have been in contact, either through email or phone conversations, with an organization. If a professor has vetted your proposal then make sure and include this information.
  • Specify Your Objectives to Academic and Professional Goals - How is the proposed experience relevant to your degree and your post-grad plans?
  • Feasibility Factor - Is your proposal doable within the time frame and with the resources you have outlined?


YSPH and Yale funding is intended to help DEFRAY the cost of an UNPAID internship, not take the place of a salary. By submitting a budget you are not guaranteed the full amount.  Have a Plan B.   See sample budget.
Acceptable line items:

  • Transportation to/from internship or research locale
  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Immunization fee (if applicable)
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • In-country transportation (only if it’s related to your project, ie: will you be conducting field research?)

Funding questions? Contact:

Additional Yale Funding

The Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale administers lots of university funds for summer internship and research support. All funds are listed on the Student Grants and Fellowships Database (

Note: These deadlines are different than YSPH deadlines; most are earlier, so check carefully when applying.

Grants that might be of interest to Public Health students include:

  1. Global Health Initiative: Field Experience Award
  2. Global Health Initiative: Multidisciplinary Student Team Project Award
  3. Coca-Cola World Fund
  4. Lindsay Fellowship for Research in Africa
  5. East Asian Studies Summer Travel and Research Grants
  6. Southeast Asian Studies Research Grant
  7. Latin American and Iberian Studies Travel Award
  8. European Union Studies Award
  9. Richard U. Light Fellowship (for language study in China, Korea, Japan)
  10. Rustgi Fellowships for Southeast Asian Studies (preference to undergraduates)
  11. Charles Kao Fund Research Grans
  12. Keggi-Berzins Fellowship for Baltic Studies
  13. Stavros Niarchos Research Fellowship
  14. Women, Religion, and Globalization Project at Yale University
  15. George Walter Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy
  16. Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

You are encouraged to apply to as many funds as possible that are relevant to your internship or research topic.