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National fellowships

All applicants for admission are strongly urged to compete for outside fellowships which can be used at Yale. These fellowships are sponsored by both public and private agencies and are often more generous than those awarded by the University. In addition to their financial advantages, genuine distinction is conferred on a student who wins an award in a national competition. The Graduate School permits students to hold outside awards in conjunction with Yale fellowships up to combined levels that are higher than the normal stipend maximum. The Graduate School maintains a library of fellowship information; incoming students seeking external aid are advised to consult it on arrival in New Haven.

Some important national fellowship competitions are: (a) The Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Box 288, Princeton, NJ 08540, which are available to college seniors or recent college graduates who wish to begin graduate study. Students are nominated by faculty in November; nominees apply in December. (b) The National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, Washington, DC 20550, which are available to applicants for admission and first-year graduate students. The deadline for application is in late November. (c) The Javits Fellowships; applications can be obtained by writing to U.S. Department of Education, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, Office of Postsecondary Education, Washington, DC 20202-5251. (Funding for the 1997/98 Javits Fellowship program is awaiting approval by the U.S. Congress.) (d) The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowships for students in the biological sciences. For applications, write to Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 4000 Jones Bridge Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789.

Federal and non-federal student loans

Loans administered by the University are available to citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. The types of loans and amounts a student is eligible to borrow are based entirely on financial need as determined by federal formula. Students who plan to supplement their financial resources with federal or non-federal loans should try to keep their borrowing to a minimum in order to avoid unreasonably large repayments after graduation; this is especially true for students who expect to pursue an academic career, in which the starting salary is likely to be inadequate for repayment of substantial accumulated debt. In particular, students with dependents or with special medical expenses should consider carefully whether they will have sufficient income to meet their needs, as the University cannot guarantee unlimited loan funds.

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