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Undergrad Fellowships

Every summer, undergraduate students from Yale collaborate with renowned Yale faculty on real-world, interdisciplinary neuroscience research at the Institute. Wu Tsai Undergraduate Fellows work under the mentorship of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from departments across biology, psychology, computer science, and related disciplines.

2023-24 Application

Status: OPEN

December 7, 2023
Application open

February 23, 2024 at 3 PM
Application deadline

March 2024
Notifications sent

May 28, 2024
Program start date

August 2, 2024
Program end date

The application period for the WTI Undergraduate Fellowship program is currently open. If you have questions about Wu Tsai Undergraduate Fellowships, you can schedule a time to meet with the Program Manager, Liz Knapp, or email us with any inquiries.

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Past research areas include:

  • Effects of early-life experience on brain circuitry

  • Visual pattern preferences across species

  • Neural algorithms for brain-computer interfaces

  • Development of inhibitory synapses in cortical neurons

  • White matter in a novel brain atlas

Application + Eligibility

Students must be interested in interdisciplinary neuroscience and meet the eligibility requirements by the program's start. The program is open to Yale freshman, sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with an interest in interdisciplinary research of relevance to cognition or in neuro-related computing or engineering, and who can contribute to diversity and inclusion through their identity, life experiences, work, or research.

Wu Tsai Undergraduate Fellows will do research in a Yale lab from May 28 – August 2, 2024, under the mentorship of faculty members, postdocs and grad students. They participate in workshops, seminars, and social events. At the end of the program, they have a chance to present their work at a closing symposium. Fellows receive a competitive stipend.

When applying for the fellowship, students should identify up to three Wu Tsai Faculty Members they would be interested in working with. Students who have already pre-identified and secured a Yale faculty member are also able to apply. If you need help reaching out to potential mentors, use our email template to contact prospective faculty whose research you are interested in.