Citizens Thinkers Writers is a two-week summer residential program and year-long fellowship program at Yale University for rising juniors and seniors from New Haven public schools who are interested in exploring fundamental human questions in a college setting. In small seminars led by professors, you will join in a long-running philosophical conversation that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome, and will link this conversation to your own experiences as citizens of twenty-first-century New Haven. You will also…

  • Experience life on a college campus (students live in Yale dorms Sunday-Friday from July 14-26 and attend meetings on campus from September through May)
  • Become part of a small community of intellectually ambitious students
  • Receive mentorship and college application support from Yale undergraduates
  • Learn from local field trips, guest speakers, and more!

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Program dates and application deadlines

  • Program dates: July 14-26, 2024
  • Nomination deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Application deadline EXTENDED: March 25, 2024

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