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We invite interested Yale degree-seeking Graduate & Professional (G&P) students to apply to the Graduate Affiliate (GA) Program, which allows a select number of Yale G&P students to play an important role in the life of the 14 undergraduate residential colleges. GAs mentor and provide programming for undergraduates, but do not live in college.

  • Application Status - Given the situation, our April application cycle will be postponed to a future date. 
  • First year degree-seeking G&P students only - Applications are accepted every mid-September. All first year students will be emailed an invitation, and the application form will be available online here at that time.
  • For continuing G&P degree students - Applications will be available here every April for application for selection to serve as a GA for the following academic year.
  • For returning graduate affiliates who are interested in re-applying for the next academic year - An application will be sent to you directly from your college GA coordinator. You must reapply each year to continue as a GA.
  • Selection is Competitive, but you can reapply annually. If not selected in one year's application cycle, continuing degree-seeking students may apply each spring to become a GA for the following year.
  • About the GA program - GAs receive a few meals a week in recognition of their services, and access to and membership in their college community. Being a GA is not a live-in position in the colleges.. See FAQs for further details.

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The Graduate and Professional Affiliate Program, sponsored by Yale’s residential colleges, allows graduate students to play a more active role in the larger Yale community. Currently, eleven undergraduate residential colleges are inviting graduate students to participate in college life by becoming graduate affiliates.

These positions are non-residential, that is, they do not allow grad/professional students to live in the colleges. Rather, the program facilitates interaction with undergraduates by providing affiliates with access to a particular college, a few meals a week in the college’s dining hall, and use of its facilities. In return, affiliates contribute to the social and intellectual life of the college in both casual and structured ways. Affiliates have been involved in many aspects of residential college life, from cultural and social events to photography, pottery, art and drama, poetry readings, music, language tables, science groups, and career advising. Read more about the individual colleges to learn about what kinds of activities affiliates might be involved in.

If selected, you will be joining a lively group of returning affiliates who were selected last spring or in previous years. As noted earlier, these G&P affiliate positions do not involve living in the colleges.

If you would like to apply for consideration as a graduate/professional affiliate of a residential college, please see How to Apply each Spring (for continuing G&P students) and Fall (only for entering First year G&P students)

The Graduate and Professional Affiliate program is administered by the Office of Graduate Student Life at the McDougal Center, and the Council of Heads of Colleges office. The program is funded though the generous support of the Yale President’s Office, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Yale Council of Heads of Colleges, and the Yale residential colleges. Please refer any questions to


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