Terms of Appointment/ 1.1 Eligibility

To be eligible for a postdoctoral appointment, an individual must hold aPh.D., M.D., J.D., D.V.M., D.N.Sc., or equivalent degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.  When a candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not yet been formally conferred, the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree, together with a statement of the date on which the degree is to be conferred.  If the degree is not conferred by the projected date, the postdoctoral appointment shall be terminated.

Postdoctoral appointees must be affiliated with a primary academic department or equivalent academic unit. The candidate must also provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae and list of publications, and must arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent to the prospective faculty supervisor at Yale.   

Note: This document does not address all categories of appointments called “fellows.”  It does not apply to clinical fellows, who are subject to certain agency-mandated requirements and are covered by separate policies.  In addition, the University uses the term “fellow” for other categories not covered by this document, e.g., residential college fellows and participants in advanced fellowship programs offering stipend support (e.g., Liman Fellows and Bernstein Fellows).