Preparing for Fieldwork

mining townTRI is committed to ensuring that its Fellows feel safe and supported while they are engaged in fieldwork overseas. The following are some recommended resources that should be helpful for both seasoned and inexperienced travelers.

Note: You must be logged into the Yale Library system (or a similar system) to access some of these documents.

Field Sites

The UK's Royal Geographical Society maintains the World Register of Field Centres, a database of >700 field centres and facilities that welcome international researchers.

All-Purpose Travel

  • Yale International Toolkit - Central source for information about travel alerts, health and safety, registering travel with Yale, logistical support, and country-specific planning

Global Travel Assistance

Yale's global assistance travel partner is International SOS (ISOS).

ISOS provide assistance and advice, medical and dental referrals, access to clinics and pharmacies, mental health support, and pre-departure planning.

Coverage applies for Yale-related trips 100 miles+ away from your permanent residence.

How to connect with ISOS


Yale has a variety of resources designed to help you prepare for a safe and healthy field season.  New fellows will recieve additional information prior to departure. Below is a preliminary of list of resources.  Please also speak with colleagues, friends, host country partners and institution to ascertain how best to prepare yourself, which vaccinations you may need, etc and access to local or regional care.  


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