Donnelley and YIBS Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowships

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 $52,000 plus fringe benefits, and $2,500 in contingency funds. Note: Yale PhD graduates and individuals already at residence at Yale are not eligible to apply.

–>Meet our 2018 Donnelley Fellows.


–>View past Donnelley Fellows


YIBS Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowship

In addition to Donnelley Fellowships, YIBS occasionally offers YIBS Postdoctoral Environmental Fellowships. This fellowship is supported by YIBS Program Support funds when available, and applying for the YIBS Postdoctoral Fellowship uses the same application process as the Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellowship.


How to Apply

The application becomes available in September/October every year. Application documents are due in October/November.

Submissions for 2017 (nominations and applications) are closed. Please check back in September/October 2018 or subscribe to the YIBS mailing list to receive updates.

Contact person: LaToya Sealy Cotto (


YIBS Donnelley Fellow | Dr. Peter Cowman from YIBS on Vimeo.

Follow Peter Cowman on Twitter @pete_cowman.

Learn more about YIBS’ Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellows program.


YIBS Donnelley Fellow | Dr. Erin Saupe from YIBS on Vimeo.

Visit Dr. Saupe’s research site.

Learn more about YIBS’ Donnelley Postdoctoral Fellows program.