Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowship

The Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellowship supports postdoctoral fellowships for research in biodiversity or a combination of biodiversity with conservation and public policy. The Fellowship was created to honor the memory of Mr. Gaylord Donnelley, Yale Class of 1931, a conservationist dedicated to advances in research and education. The Fellowship, which was established by Mr. Donnelley’s widow, Dorothy and son Strachan, is funded by an endowment from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Donnelley Family and is administered by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS).
This award is meant for individuals who have been awarded a PhD degree within the past three years (or who soon will be awarded a PhD). Postdoctoral fellows will conduct research in environmental sciences under the mentorship of a Yale faculty member who will provide office/lab space and additional research funds. Annual compensation is $65,000 plus fringe benefits, and $10,000 in contingency funds. Note: Yale PhD graduates and individuals already at residence at Yale are not eligible to apply.
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How to Apply

- Click HERE to access the nomination form.

- Click HERE to access the application form. 


  • Faculty nominations were due Monday, October 23rd, 2023. 
  • Nominee’s application materials are due Monday, November 20th, 2023.
  • Awards will be announced on or before December 15th, 2023. The awardees will begin residency at Yale University at a time negotiated with their respective sponsor, starting on or after July 1st, 2024.

For any questions or concerns regarding the application process, contact: LaToya Sealy Cotto – email: phone: (203) 432-9857

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