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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy Certificate Program

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Applying to the Certificate

Admissions for the 2021/2022 CBEY Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy are now closed. Come back next year! Dates will be announced in the Fall, and we expect to open the next round of admissions in January 2022.  


Sign up for our mailing list and download the brochure from our Homepage for updates about the certificate and check out the Important Dates page for additional program dates and the academic calendar.

Application Process

All of the information you need to prepare your application is on this page. You can find resources and an overview of our application process below.

The application system generally opens in January and closes in March. Complete applications received prior to the application deadline are guaranteed to be considered by the Admissions Review Committee. The Committee seeks to balance the cohort across sectors and industries and decisions regarding admission and scholarships are generally sent by the end of March.

Candidates who successfully completed an application online before the deadline, and who would have been accepted into the program if not for the cohort reaching its maximum size are placed on a waitlist. Candidates that have been placed on a waitlist are notified if a spot becomes available prior to the start of the program in June.

Before you apply, please review the curriculumprogram dates and technical requirements to ensure you are able to complete the program. 

Apply Early!

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We encourage applicants to submit their application forms and supporting documents as early as possible before the March application deadline. While the admissions team will do a cursory review and may alert the candidates whose applications arrived early but are not complete enough for review (e.g., missing documentation), the team will not alert you and your application will not be considered if you applied too close to the final deadline.

Incomplete applications will not be considered and will automatically be rejected. Don't risk it; apply early!

Application Materials

All application materials must be submitted through the electronic application form accessible above on this page. Please do not mail any material to CBEY. A comprehensive application readiness checklist is available for download below as well as a brief summary for your convenience.  

Download the Application Readiness Checklist Here.

To apply for this program, you must submit all of the following documents prior to the admissions deadline:

  1. A completed online application form
  2. Three (3) short responses to the essay questions below, each a maximum of 300 words
  3. One (1) resume or curriculum vitae of maximum three (3) pages in length
  4. Scanned or electronic transcripts (official or unofficial) that demonstrate the completion of a four-year bachelor's degree in any subject from an accredited U.S. college or university or an international equivalent. Transcripts that are not in English must be provided along with a translation. Translations do not need to be notarized. 
  5. One (1) letter of recommendation, from a professional or academic supervisor. This letter must be emailed directly by your recommender to Please see below for additional guidance.
  6. A TOEFL or IELTS test score report is required (i) if your native language is not English, and (ii) if your undergraduate or graduate degree was not granted at an institution where English is the official language of instruction and (iii) if you have not worked in an organization where English is the primary language used for communication.

There is no application fee, but your first tuition payment is required to secure a spot in the program should you be admitted. Learn more about tuition and payments here, where you can also find resources on how to talk to your employer about the benefits of this program. 

Essay Questions

During the admissions process, you will be asked to answer all three of the following short questions, each under a 300-word limit:

  • Please describe your career and academic objectives and how this certificate from Yale will help you achieve them.
  • Drawing on your professional or academic experience, please describe one challenge to scaling up or accelerating the financing and/or deploying of clean energy today.
  • What one innovation are you excited about in the clean energy sector and why? Innovation here is understood broadly and could relate to technology, business, finance, policy, or any other relevant topic.

Recommendation Letter

Before you start your application, you must identify and reach out to one individual that will provide a letter of recommendation in support of your application. The online application form will ask that you list their name, title and contact information.


  • Your recommender should be able to evaluate your academic/professional work. A letter from a professor, supervisor or employer is preferred.
  • Your recommender should send their letter from their professional email address. A letter sent from a gmail or yahoo address for instance is not acceptable.
  • Your recommender must send the letter of recommendation directly to using the following naming convention for the file attachment "ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Letter". They will receive a note acknowledging receipt when the letter is entered into your application. 

Yale University’s Nondiscrimination Statement

Yale University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds.

In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.