MacMillan Center Fellowships COVID-19 Updates

Updated February 19, 2021

The MacMillan Center remains committed to supporting student research overseas even during these turbulent times. Because students’ health and safety is our top priority, we partner with students to make well-informed decisions about conducting research abroad. 

Because the pandemic is fast-moving, and national, local, and Yale policies may change in response, the MacMillan Center will continue to update this page as new information becomes available, so check back regularly.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at macmillan.fellowships@yale.edu or schedule a15 min Zoom session at https://calendly.com/julia-muravnik-fellowships/15min

International Travel on MacMillan Funds during summer 2021:

Undergraduate Students:

Undergraduate Students are advised to make summer plans with caution, paying careful attention to the Yale College Travel Policy and the entry requirements of the proposed destination (usually available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or Embassy website). Students should refer to the Fellowships and Funding FAQs for guidance regarding the summer of 2021.

PLEASE NOTE:  As of April 5, 2021, if the Yale College Universal travel restriction is not lifted, or if the Yale College Travel Policy does not allow travel to the proposed country or region, the project proposed will not be funded and/or will need to be conducted remotely.

MacMillan Center Summer Fellowships for Language Study

MacMillan Center will review the standing of each proposed program location according to the Yale College Travel Policy https://cipe.yale.edu/travel-resources/travel-policy and the country’s entry restrictions on April 5, 2021.

The university also subscribes to International SOS and ISOS lists all current international travel restrictions related to COVID at https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening.  [One must be logged into ISOS to see this page.]

Awardees whose proposed destination is restricted on April 5th will need to switch to an online program. 

The selection criteria for online programs will stay the same.  Summer awards must be used for a formal, intensive language course that provides the equivalent of an academic year’s training; at least 140 credit or contact 60-minute hours for beginning and intermediate courses, or 120 credit or contact 60-minute hours for advanced courses. All courses MUST last a minimum of six weeks.

The MacMillan Center Summer Language Grant will provide support up to $5000 towards tuition and cover the registration fee (if separate), materials, etc. No stipend portion of the grant will be awarded for long-distance courses.

If students are already in the country and the language program is held in person. They are allowed to participate in person.
 

Funding for Summer Internships:

MacMillan Center will review the standing of each proposed internship location according to the Yale College Travel Policy https://cipe.yale.edu/travel-resources/travel-policy and the country’s entry restrictions on April 5, 2021.

The university also subscribes to International SOS and ISOS lists all current travel restrictions related to COVID at https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening.  [One must be logged into ISOS to see this page.]

 Awardees whose proposed destination is restricted on April 5 will need to carry out their proposed projects remotely and will receive a stipend of $500 per week up to a maximum allowed by fellowship they have applied to.

If students are already in the country and the public health situation does not prohibit in-person participation, and the host agrees, they can participate in person.
 

Link to Internship Form (coing soon)

Research grants for Graduate Students: 

Current Yale travel policy for graduate and professional students requires that they submit an application to the Off Campus Research and Field Work Committee.   Students should plan to do this after the award letters are issued and to provide documentation of approval before the awards are implemented.

International Travel on MacMillan Funds during the spring 2021 term:

Undergraduate Students:

Sponsored outbound international travel from the United States, including study abroad and fellowships, is suspended for Yale College students for the duration of the spring 2021 term. This decision is final and will not change even if circumstances should change in the destination country.

For detailed information please refer to Yale University International Travel Policy for Yale College Students​.

 PhD and Professional Students: 

TBD

International Travel on MacMillan Funds during the fall 2020 term:

Undergraduate Students:

Sponsored outbound international travel from the United States, including study abroad and fellowships, is suspended for Yale College students for the duration of the fall 2020 term. 

For detailed information please refer to Yale University International Travel Policy for Yale College Students​.

PhD and Professional Students: 

During Phase III of Yale’s research reactivation, a broader range of international off-campus and fieldwork research is allowed, as long as it complies with the Research Reactivation policies listed here (VPN needed for links on this page to work) and the Covid-19 related university travel policies listed here, in addition to all normal IRB and university policies. The research reactivation page will help you determine whether you need to apply for permission before restarting international research or travel, and if so, which kind of permission. Some solitary research, for example in a library or the field, involves low risk and you can take a self-assessment and then discuss with your advisor to establish if you are exempt from committee approval. Other research requires, in addition to the usual IRBs, that you submit an application to the Off-Campus Research and Field Work Review Committee answering questions about how Covid-19 has affected your research, the safety plan you will employ, and your plan for ramping down research if conditions deteriorate. Your advisor will then sign and upload this application to the EHS system on your behalf. All the relevant policies and forms you and your advisors will need to navigate this system are linked from the Research Reactivation page. 

Before MacMillan funds will be released, as usual, you will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk Form to acknowledge the risks pertaining to international travel. 

Important:

We recommend that you confirm with a medical professional that there are no health-related reasons that preclude you from traveling. As a Yale community member, you will be automatically enrolled in the ISOS Travel Assistance Program. Please review the ISOS eligibility criteria, coverage details, and claim reimbursement procedures here. If you have personal health insurance coverage through Yale or another provider you should check with those providers for details of your personal coverage while abroad. MacMillan and Yale are not responsible for additional medical needs or costs not covered by ISOS and your own health insurance coverage.