MacMillan Center Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

Student Grants and Fellowships

The MacMillan Center grants are available to Yale students of any nationality unless otherwise specified in the grant guidelines. The fellowship and grant opportunities are grouped under Yale Graduate/Professional Students and Yale Undergraduate Students at Additionally, students can visit the Yale Grants and Fellowships Database at for funding opportunities at the MacMillan Center and for other grants and fellowships available at Yale.

The MacMillan Center encourages all students to explore not only the funding opportunities available within the center, but also those available from other University sources and from external granting agencies. Graduate students also should consult the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Financial Aid Office’s website at

Yale undergraduate students are encouraged to consult the comprehensive resource and fellowship libraries at the Yale College Center for International and Professional Experience at 55 Whitney Avenue; website,

The specific application deadlines may vary from year to year. Most spring deadlines fall in February, but some may occur in other months. Students should consult with the relevant granting unit at the MacMillan Center or the MacMillan Center Fellowships Office (at 144 Luce Hall, 203.436.8164) to answer questions about specific grants and to obtain an application. Applications and information are also available in the director’s suite at Luce Hall, or through the individual sites listed in external websites.

Student Journalism Award

Each year the MacMillan Center sponsors the William J. Foltz Journalism Award. The contest, open to Yale students only, carries a cash award of $300. Articles entered must relate to some aspect of international affairs, area studies, or foreign relations. The deadline for entries is in May. For rules, guidelines, and entry form, visit

Faculty Grants and Awards

MacMillan Center Research Grants

The MacMillan Center makes available faculty research grants for projects within its scope of activity. These grants are open to full-time faculty members on continuing appointment in any department of the University. Research grants are awarded for studies that will increase understanding of specific countries and societies in the modern era; for problem-oriented and comparative studies within and between regions; and for studies in international relations. Applications are reviewed by a committee chaired by the dean of the Graduate School and consisting of selected faculty members affiliated with the MacMillan Center. Projects in the natural sciences, the arts, medicine, and environmental studies will normally be considered only if they focus substantially on some aspects of human and/or institutional behavior. Awards can be up to $18,000 per project.

The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund

By arrangement with the provost, the Kempf Fund allows the MacMillan Center to support faculty initiative in organizing campus conferences, workshops, and lecture series on international topics in their fields of interest. Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of selected faculty members affiliated with the MacMillan Center. Awards generally range between $5,000 and $15,000.

MacMillan Center International Book Prizes

The MacMillan Center awards two prizes for books on international topics, named for two emeritus faculty and former directors of the center. Each year the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize is awarded for the best first book by a member of the Yale ladder faculty, and the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize is awarded for the best book by a member of the Yale ladder faculty. Award recipients receive a research appointment at the MacMillan Center and research funds of $5,000. For a list of recipients, visit