Established in 2005 by President Richard C. Levin, the Woodbridge Fellowship introduces recent Yale College graduates to the work and administration of Yale. The fellowship provides valuable professional experience for potential careers in higher education, particularly for recent graduates belonging to minority communities currently underrepresented in university administration.
Fellowships are full-time paid positions in the offices of university leaders, who take active interest in fellows’ professional development. Fellows directly report to senior members of their offices and work with a variety of university staff, at all levels. Fellows most often combine day-to-day duties with responsibilities for specific projects that utilize their research abilities and other higher-level skills. Organizational and writing skills are particularly valuable, as is the ability to work well with multiple constituencies: staff of all kinds (clerical, technical, service, maintenance, managerial, and professional), faculty, alumni, and students.
Fellows meet regularly together, including for lunchtime conversation with the president, provost, secretary, and other university leaders. These conversations about roles and responsibilities, and the career paths that led people into academic administration, give fellows a broad understanding of many facets of working in higher education.
Profiles of the 2018 – 2019 Fellows can be found below.
For prospective fellows
The application process for 2019 – 2020 Woodbridge Fellows is now open! Applications close on February 15 at 5 p.m. First round interviews will take place on February 28.
Positions are available in the following offices:
- Chaplain’s Office
- Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Office of International Affairs (Africa)
- Office of International Affairs (Communications and Research)
- Office of Public Affairs and Communications
- Office of Sustainability
- Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life
- Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning/ Yale College Dean’s Office
Application is through Yale Connect where job descriptions are also posted.
Applicants are asked to upload:
- Cover Letter. A traditional one-page letter introducing themselves, their interests and skills.
- Short Statements explaining interest in particular offices.
- Unofficial transcript. (Screenshots from Yale Student Information System are acceptable if complied into one file.)
- A résumé.
If you have further questions about the fellowship or application process, please email Andrew Forsyth.