Summer Programs

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, a part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, is dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning all aspects of slavery and its destruction. The Center offers a variety of programs including lectures, forums, workshops, and an annual international conference.
Thread at Yale is a gathering of professional journalists and storytellers that does not care whether you work in print, video, audio, photography, or some form we haven’t even thought of yet.
At the Maimonides Scholars Program and the Tikvah Scholars Program, high school juniors and seniors learn about the most enduring precepts of political economy, social thought, and political philosophy, all in conversation with the uniquely Jewish contributions to our understanding of the human person and the human good.
Warrior-Scholar Project empowers servicemembers as they transition from the military to higher education. We host immersive, one and two-week college-preparatory academic boot camps at America’s top universities to currently serving military personnel and veterans.
Participants in the Yale Divinity School Summer Study program immerse themselves in week-long courses on topics from the Bible, religious history, and theology to pastoral care and practical tools for worship and ministry, as well as the arts and contemporary issues.
The Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools, which builds upon the success of a four-year National Demonstration Project, promotes the establishment of new Teachers Institutes that adopt the approach to professional development that has been followed for more than thirty-five years by the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.
The Yale Summer Academy is an immersive academic experience for high school students. Participants of this pre-college summer program take an interactive rotation of academic enrichment classes built to teach the topics and skills needed to work on a group sustainability project.
SIPEHS is an intensive short-term summer program which introduces exciting emerging topics and research tools in environmental health sciences to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and health care professionals. SIPEHS also introduces the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) at Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) to these students. The purpose of SIPEHS is to motivate participants to pursue higher education and careers in environmental health sciences by exposing them to major emerging topics and research tools.
The Yale Summer Program in Astrophysics (YSPA) is a research and enrichment program hosted at the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium at Yale for 28 rising high school seniors who have shown an aptitude for science and math and who are considering going into careers in science or tech. The program consists of a two-week online, directed self-study program followed by a four-week residential program. Students at YSPA live together on campus in one of the dorms, take classes at the Leitner Planetarium, learn to program and analyze data in the computer lab at the Leitner Observatory, and use the telescopes at the Leitner Observatory to collect data for their research project. At the end of the program, students write up their results in the form of a scientific paper and then present those results at our YSPA mini-conference.
The Yale Writers’ Conference is an intensive program for the committed writer. Our faculty are nationally known writers who are also inspiring and accessible teachers. Our facilities are the Yale campus. Each year over a hundred and forty writers from around the world have come to New Haven for each of two sessions. They have gone on to publish their first books or stories, produce plays, and organize a writing workshop for veterans.