Funds

Funds for Summer Research and Internships for Political Science Majors

The Department provides grants to sophomore and junior majors from the Frank M. Patterson fund to support summer research and Political Science–related internships. Applications must be completed by electronic upload through the Grants and Fellowships Database. The title of the grant is “Political Science Summer Research/Internship Grants.”

Applications must include a 1-2 page statement describing the research or internship, an itemized budget, a transcript (a PDF of the unofficial academic record from the SIS website will suffice), and a letter of recommendation (from a Yale faculty member, preferably a Political Science faculty member). Please submit PDF files only.

Students seeking funding for international travel are strongly encouraged to seek additional sources of funding within the University. Information on those sources of funds can be found in the Grants and Fellowships Database and on the website for The International Summer Award (ISA).

Applications are due in March 2017. The exact deadline is TBA.

Funds for Summer Political Election Campaign Internships

The Department also awards grants from the ‘Michael N. Levy ‘85 Fund for Political Internships’ to support students who are working on political election campaigns this summer. These grants are open to all undergraduates in the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes. This fund will support one internship in the summer of 2017 and the maximum award amount per student will be $4,000.

The internships should be exclusively for working on political election campaigns, which theoretically could include national, state, or local candidate elections, broader election-focused groups (e.g., election-focused party affiliates such as the Democratic or Republican Congressional Campaign Committees or their equivalents), or ballot referenda.  All else equal, preference will be accorded in that order (first, specific candidates; then political groups; then referenda campaigns).

The criteria for selection focus primarily on the quality of the applicant’s experience so that applicants are encouraged to develop specific opportunities to contribute to campaigns in ways that will maximize the educational value of the experience to the interns (rather than stuffing envelopes, door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, or other activities that, while important, are less likely to provide meaningful educational experiences).

Examples might include developing and implementing particular strategies (social media strategies, targeted outreach to particular communities, delegate selection strategies, media strategies, speech writing and message development, etc.) or other campaign activities that will more fully utilize the students’ intellectual skills and complement their academic experiences and interests.

Applications must be completed by electronic upload through the Grants and Fellowships Database.

Applications must include a 1-2 page statement describing your internship, an itemized budget, a transcript (please see these instructions for how to save a PDF of your unofficial academic record from the SIS website), and a letter of recommendation (preferably from a Yale faculty member). Please submit PDF files only.

Applications are due in April 2017. The exact deadline is TBA.