Creative and Performing Arts Awards

Administered by the Council of Heads of College, the Creative and Performing Arts (CPA) Awards support on-campus dramatic, musical, dance, video or film productions, literary publications, and exhibitions in each residential college. These projects are supported by the Sudler Fund, the Welch Art Fund, and the Bates Fund. Projects must take place on campus. (Projects may be staged at CoOp High School or at the Educational Center for the Arts by special arrangement with Undergraduate Production.)

You may apply for this award here. All applicants should review the full information provided in the CPA Guidelines and consult with Head Evans prior to submission. Not consulting with Head Evans may affect award candidacy.

Application may be made two times each year; A student cannot be a primary proposer for more than one project per term. Students may apply in September for projects produced in the Fall semester, or that will be produced in the Spring semester prior to Spring Break. Students may apply in January for projects produced anytime during the Spring semester. A student may only serve as primary proposer for one project produced each term. A student may apply in the fall for both a fall project and an early spring project. If a student receives a fall award for an early spring project, that student may not apply in January for the late spring.

In addition to consulting their Head of College, students may also consult with other relevant faculty and administrators on campus.  By submitting an application, the Proposer attests that the proposed project consists of original work and that duplicate proposals are not being submitted to other residential colleges. Additional questions about eligibility may be directed to Heads of College.

For more information, dates and deadlines please visit the CPA website.

Max and Reba E. Richter Scholarship Fund

This award is for independent study and research only. It cannot be for mere travel, or for a program of work, however valuable. An internship, for example with a government agency, is a valid use only if there is a significant component of study or research, which must be carefully identified. Creative projects are also valid. “Independent” means that enrollment in courses is not in itself a valid use. Being part of a research team–in biology or archeology, for example–is valid, since in certain fields research is typically done in teams rather than alone.

The maximum Richter Fellowship grant is $1,500, though a Head of College may award less money if the Head of College so determines. Ordinarily the money should be used to defray actual expenses of research as shown in the project budget. The grant ordinarily should not be used to buy equipment such as cameras, tents, or books that will become the student’s permanent possession, although they may be needed for the project.

Overlapping grant awards: Students applying for Richter grants may also seek funding from other sources for the full cost of their programs. If awarded additional money from a Yale source, a clearinghouse committee will be examining all grants to make sure that students are not receiving more funding in total than called for in their project budgets. Students who win Richter grants are obligated to inform the Head of College if they receive another grant for the same project from sources outside of Yale.

Release form requirement: If you are awarded a Richter grant and plan to travel internationally, your funds will not be released to you until you have completed the “Travel Abroad Acknowledgement and Release Form”. (If you wish to review this form in advance for any reason, you can download a copy of the form here)

Reporting requirement: If you receive an award, you will be obligated at the conclusion of your experience to complete a Richter Summer Fellowship Summary Report and submit to the Head of College office by 12p (noon), Eastern Time ZoneSunday, September 1, 2024.

International students and taxes: International students should make sure their personal paperwork (W8BEN) is completed through the tax department before their award can be processed. Refer to Tax Department  for more information.

Obligation regarding changes in your plans: The Richter grant is for the project proposed and the money is to be spent in the way proposed. If circumstances arise that require a student to change the project in any significant way, the student should contact the Head of College for advice and approval, and if a student’s plans change completely, the student should return the funds to the Head of College. All interested applicants must review Travel Policy. Projects in specific countries or regions may not be eligible for funding based on current ISOS risk ratings, State Department Warnings, the Yale University International Travel Policy, and the country or region’s own entry restrictions.

Deadlines and Notification of Awards: Applications must be completed and submitted online on or before 12:00pm (noon), Eastern Time Zone, April 1, 2024 and must include a budget. Heads of College will then submit their ranked lists to the student grant database overlap committee to ensure that individual proposals are not being double-funded elsewhere. The overlap committee will meet in mid-April, and the Head of College will notify students of their award status soon afterwards. 

International students and taxes: International students should make sure their personal paperwork (W8BEN) is completed through the tax department before their award can be processed. Click here for more information.

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Robin Berlin Fellowship

The award will be granted to students from Berkeley College, who have shown a commitment to and academic excellence in both the humanities and the natural sciences. It will be in the form of a fellowship for summer study that will further the student’s knowledge and understanding of these two disciplines together.

Please familiarize yourself with the University’s International Travel Policy.  For the complete policy, visit https://cipe.yale.edu/travel-resources/travel-policy

Berlin Application:
The Berlin Application can be found on the Student Grants Database.  Applications must be completed and submitted online on or before 12:00pm (noon), Eastern Time Zone, April 1, 2024 and must include a budget.

Paul Mellon Fellowship

The Paul Mellon Fellowship is offered to two members of the Senior Class in Yale College for study at Clare College, Cambridge, for the coming academic year. The fellowships are normally renewed for a second year and fellowship recipients may request a third year.


An Applicant: 

  1. Must demonstrate a genuine interest in Britain or in subjects that can best be approached by study in England.
  2. Must agree that in the summer following his/her first year at Clare College he/she will devote some time to travel in the British Isles or on the Continent, and will not ordinarily expect to return to the United States during that time.
  3. Must have a strong academic record at Yale.
  4. Must have demonstrated qualities of leadership at Yale.

The Mellon Fellowship will pay directly to Clare College all tuition and college fees, including board and room expenses. Additionally, the Mellon Fellow will receive two flights per year from his/her home to Cambridge and a stipend of not less than $15,000 per year, payable in installments.


Applications can be found on the Student Grants Database website beginning on December 9, 2020.  Request at least two people best able to judge his/her work and have them submit a letter of recommendation giving specific evidence of the candidate’s past achievement and future promise on the Student Grants Database website.  Applications are due by 1:00p on Friday, February 1, 2024.  You may also contact Sarah Layedra (sarah.layedra@yale.edu) for more information. 

The best-qualified candidates will be called in March for an interview with the Paul Mellon Fellowship Committee (Head of College of Berkeley, Davenport and Saybrook Colleges) and will be notified of the results of the competition shortly afterward.

Berkeley College Research Fellowship

Berkeley College Research Fellowships are awarded for independent study and research, not for mere travel, work, or enrollment in a school.  An internship is a valid use only if the primary component is study or research; being part of a research team is also a valid use.  Awards, typically in the $300-$1000 range, are to be reported to the IRS as taxable income.  Awardees must disclose the amounts of any other funds that support the proposed project.  Recipients must promptly consult with the Head of College if significant changes occur in the nature or scope of the project prior to its completion.

Eligibility for the fellowship includes all BK students who are eligible for enrollment in the Fall term of the calendar year of application.  Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received this award.

Please familiarize yourself with the University’s International Travel Policy.  For the complete policy, visit https://cipe.yale.edu/travel-resources/travel-policy

Application window:  May 1-13, 2024, for projects occurring later in the same calendar year (Summer or Fall)

The Berkeley College Research application can be found here beginning on May 1, 2024.