Supporting Environmental Science at Yale

The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) is the umbrella environmental science center on campus. We support and inspire the environmental community at Yale through research and training, grants and fellowships, and weekly seminars and events. We use a collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach to study the entire biosphere: from molecules to landscapes, and everything in between.


Introducing YIBS from YIBS on Vimeo.

YIBS provides fellowships and funding opportunities for members of the Yale community and for outside scholars.

The YIBS Staff manages operations alongside our multidisciplinary faculty affiliates from schools and departments including Anthropology, Chemistry, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Yale School of the Environment and the School of Public Health. We are advised by an External Advisory Board of environmental professionals.

YIBS was founded in May 1990 with a generous endowment from Mr. Edward P. Bass, Yale College ‘67, Architecture ‘72, and Hon. ‘01.


YIBS Postdoctoral Fellowships


Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowship

The application process for 2021 is now closed.  For general information about the application process, please visit the Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowship page.


  • Awards will be announced on or before Friday, December 17, 2021. The awardees will begin residency at Yale University at a time negotiated with their respective sponsor, starting on or after July 1, 2022.

G. Evelyn Hutchinson Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowship