Friday, October 17, 2014

Yale World Fellows Application Open

Yale World Fellows brings rising stars from across disciplines and borders for an intense and unpredictable mash-up of ideas, world views and experiences. We’re a learning lab for the brightest and most creative minds working on the big issues of our time.

We’re Yale University’s signature leadership development program; unparalleled amongst peer institutions. Keep reading, you’ll soon see why.   

Giving brilliant minds the space to explore.
Each year, our flagship four month, on-campus residency program exposes 16 emerging global leaders to new ideas and ways of doing and thinking. They’re given access to all that Yale has to offer: courses, research, institutions, professors. Fellows are given time and freedom to let their minds explore. Bankers deconstruct modern art, engineers read the classics, activists demystify markets, diplomats test game theory. Brilliant minds are refreshed, challenged and expanded. 

Who are the Fellows? 
Fellows are mid-career thinkers and doers on a clear trajectory of success. They’re dynamic, creative practitioners who have already been recognized for their work and would benefit from time at Yale to explore critical global issues and cross-disciplinary studies, sharpen leadership skills and build relationships with other emerging leaders. Meet some of them here

We’re building a powerhouse of a network. 
We were created in 2002 as part of Yale’s efforts to become a more globally focused university. In a little more than a decade, we’ve developed a thriving, active network of nearly 250 World Fellows in 81 countries. Our fellows work across national boundaries and disciplines: in technology, art, finance, politics, social entrepreneurship, journalism, advocacy and more. 


The mission of Yale World Fellows is to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to positive change through dialog and action.


LEADERSHIP  We bring emerging leaders to Yale to strengthen their management skills, expand their knowledge base and expose them to new disciplines and ways of thinking. 

DIALOG  Our expansive network of Fellows are currently working to deepen international understanding across sectors and national borders.

NETWORK  We’re creating a vibrant community of global decision makers connected to Yale and to each other.


Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme

Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme

The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme supports outstanding postgraduate students from transition and emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia and South America.

The Louis Dreyfus Foundation aims to promote sustainable agriculture, food security and self-sufficiency, particularly through education and direct support to farmers, with a specific focus on emerging countries in the above-mentioned regions.

One of the Foundation's goals is to address the challenge facing humanity to double global food production in a sustainable way in order to feed a rapidly growing population.

The Leadership Programme includes:

  • an annual Moral Philosophy Seminar – including moderated discussions and workshops on political philosophy and leadership development;
  • practical skills training in presentation, interviewing, exam and op-ed ('opposite the editorial page') writing techniques;
  • a London Leadership Forum at the end of the academic year;
  • engagement in the Institute for Strategic Dialogue's projects and conferences; and
  • numerous networking opportunities throughout the year.

The scholarship will cover 100% of University and college fees and a grant for living costs (of at least £13,863). Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

Scholarship outcomes

The status of the scholarship application process is summarised under Scholarship status on this page.  During the application process, this will be updated from green (open for applications), to yellow (applications closing soon), to red (applications are closed and the selection process is underway) and finally to blue (the selection is complete and successful applicants have been informed).

Decisions are expected to be made around May 2015.  If you have not heard from us by the time this page is updated to say that successful applicants have been notified, then please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.  Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants individually or provide feedback on applications.

You should be applying to start a new graduate course at Oxford.

You must be ordinarily resident in one of the following countries:

AngolaFrench GuianaNigeria
BangladeshGambia, TheParaguay
BotswanaGuyanaSaint Helena
BrazilIndiaSão Tomé and Príncipe
Burkina FasoIndonesiaSenegal
CambodiaKorea (North)Sierra Leone
CameroonKorea (South)Somalia
Cape VerdeLao PDRSouth Africa
Central African RepublicLesothoSouth Sudan
ChadLiberiaSri Lanka
China TibetMalawiSwaziland
China, Hong Kong SARMalaysiaTaiwan (Republic of China)     
China, Macau SARMaldivesTanzania
ComorosMauritaniaTimor-Leste (East Timor)
Congo, Dem. Rep. (Kinshasa)MauritiusTogo
Congo, Rep. (Brazzaville)MexicoTunisia
Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)MongoliaUganda
EgyptMyanmar (Burma)                Vietnam
Equatorial GuineaNamibiaWestern Sahara

The complete list of eligible courses is below:

MSc in African Studies  MPhil in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation Master of Public Policy (MPP) 
MSc in Applied Statistics MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation      MSc by Research in Materials   
Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL)  MSc in Financial Economics MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies  
MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management      MPhil in Geography and the Environment  MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance      
MPhil in Comparative Social Policy  MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy  MSc by Research in Organic Chemistry  
MSc in Comparative Social PolicyMSc in Global Health Science  MSc in Political Theory Research  
MSc in Computer Science MPhil in International Relations  MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government)  
MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies MPhil in Latin American Studies  MPhil in Politics (Political Theory)  
MSc in Contemporary India  MSc in Latin American Studies   MSc in Politics Research  
MPhil in Development Studies  MSc in Law and Finance  MPhil in Social Anthropology   
MPhil in Economics  MSt in Legal Research MSc in Social Anthropology  
MSc in Economics for Development  Magister Juris (MJur)   MSc in Social Science of the Internet  
MSc by Research in Engineering Science  MSc in Major Programme Management MSc by Research in Statistics  
MSc in Environmental Change and Management Master of Business Administration (MBA) MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management  

You should be intending to return to your country of ordinary residence once your course is completed. Students currently at Oxford are not eligible to apply unless they are already Weidenfeld scholars.  

The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme targets future leaders pursuing diverse careers with a focus on improving food security and sustainability. Successful applicants must demonstrate an interest in serving the global community through their chosen field of work, including but not limited to, agriculture, health care, environmental and water management, economic, public and foreign policy.

You should be able to demonstrate a connection between your subject of study and your longer-term career objectives, explaining how you see your professional work contributing to the improvement of public life in your country of origin or at a wider regional or international level. This scholarship seeks to support individuals who, following completion of their supported studies, will go on to actively engage in their chosen fields.

Please ensure that you meet the selection criteria for your course (see the Courses page for more information).

This scholarship is not open to candidates applying for part-time or non-matriculated courses. This scholarship is also not open to applications from candidates who hold deferred offers to start in 2015-16.

If your scholarship is offered for a course lasting more than one year, the continuation of your scholarship each year is subject to an annual renewal process based upon satisfactory academic progress.



The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) is a 60 credit point degree that seeks to develop the capacity of emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to protect and promote human rights. It is offered in partnership by the University of Sydney, Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal, the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka and Ateneo de Manila Law School in Philippines.

The Asia Pacific Program in 10 points:

  • Highest standards of inter-disciplinary scholarship
  • A uniquely regional lived experience of human rights and democracy
  • Focus on the most pressing issues in the Asia-Pacific
  • Exposure to emerging areas of human rights scholarship in the Asia-Pacific
  • Practitioner-led training and development activities
  • Opportunities for independent research
  • Field experience and internships
  • Unique regional professional networks
  • Exposure to cutting-edge research
  • Engagement with leading human rights campaigns

At the end of the program, students graduate with a firm grounding in the philosophical, political, institutional, legal, sociological and cultural dimension of human rights and democratisation. The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia-Pacific region) brings the study of human rights and democracy to life.


The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) is taken over 1.5 years with an option to complete in 1 year. Students attain foundational knowledge and skills at the prestigious University of Sydney (from July to November). All students then undertake a regional semester at one of the leading human rights educational institutions in the region (January - July if students nominate to accelerate their studies, or up to September on a 1.5 year schedule), choosing either an experiential or research–based elective stream. Students also undertake a one–week intersessional intensive unit of study, which is offered at either the University of Sydney (in November) or off–shore (in January) each year (note, the 2015 calendar has not been released yet).

See Degree Structure for more information.

Financial support – scholarships for study

Scholarships for the 2015-16 cohort are now open until 12pm December 14 2014.

There are two types of scholarships available:

  • International Scholarship Scheme: Covering course fees to the value of 60 credit points of domestic student tuition at the University of Sydney and partner universities. It also offers a partial stipend to cover some living costs. Open to students from the Asia Pacific region including, in exceptional circumstance, Australians and New Zealanders.
  • Domestic Scholarship Scheme: Covering course fees to the value of 60 credit points of domestic student tuition at the University of Sydney and partner universities. Open to Australians only.

See the Financial Support page for more information about scholarships including selection criteria or download the 2015-16 Scholarship Application Form.

Applications for admission

Applications for admission should be made online via

Visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

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