Fox International Fellowship at Yale University

The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale University and other world-renowned partner universities including ANU. The Fox International Fellowship Program aims to identify and contribute to the education of outstanding students and identify "citizen scholar ambassadors" who, by virtue of their academic and extracurricular record, can be expected in the future to participate in guiding the world toward a more peaceful order.

The Fox Fellowship is a tremendous opportunity to engage in research at world-renowned academic institutions and join a vibrant Fox Fellowship alumni/ae group. 

Each year one candidate from ANU is selected to go to Yale, with one Yale candidate in turn selected to attend ANU (this can sometimes be in alternate years). The Fellowship period is ten months and begins in late August each year. The Fellowship includes a stipend covering basic living expenses, round trip airfare, housing, health insurance and visa support.

In the short term, each Fox Fellow is expected to contribute to the academic and social life of the Fox exchange partner university. In the long term, each Fox Fellow is expected to have a positive impact upon the world and participate in national and international decision-making processes.

Research Project Fields of Focus:

Fox International Fellows undertake an independent research project for an academic year in one of the following areas:

  • Social sciences including political science, sociology, anthropology, and economics
  • Humanities disciplines, including philosophy, history and law.


HDR candidates and graduating master's level students are eligible. Note that postdoctoral candidates are not eligible to apply. 

Students have to be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the partner institution for the duration of the fellowship. Advice form Yale is that because of US visa restrictions, they cannot accept students who are scheduled to graduate during the fellowship. 

Selection Process

An ANU selection committee selects up to four candidates to nominate to the Yale Fox Fellowship selection committee. The Yale committee make the final decision based on the following criteria:

  • Personal characteristics.  Candidates must demonstrate commitment to serious research and a capacity for leadership and civic engagement.
  • Field of focus.  Candidates should be engaged in a relevant social science (see the Fields of focus) including political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology and geography) or humanities discipline (including philosophy, history and law). Training in some type of substantive interdisciplinary fields such as business/management, public administration, international relations, environmental policy and public health are especially attractive. Preference is given to topics with contemporary policy relevance to enhancing the world's peace and prosperity.
  • Language skills. The candidate's language skills must be sufficient both to succeed in their research project and to engage in the intellectual and social community of the host university. Candidates for the Yale International Fox Fellowships at Yale University must have an excellent command of the English language in conversation, reading and writing.

Application details

The application form and criteria is available on this page. For any questions or enquiries please contact the Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research.

Applications for the August 2019 intake is open and will close on the 14th December 2018. ANU applicants will be notified of their status by February with successful applicants being notified by Yale in approximately mid-April. Applications consist of a completed Yale Fox Fellowship application form (PDF fillable form), a CV, two academic recommendation letters, and transcripts.  

Yale Fox Fellow Seminar

To hear first-hand from our most recent Fox Fellow (Caroline Compton from the College of Law) please attend the Yale Fox Fellow Seminar on Monday the 29th of October 2018. Seats are limited so please register your attendance via Eventbrite