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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy Certificate Program

Applying to the Certificate

Admissions for the 2022/2023 CBEY Certificate in Financing and Deploying Clean Energy have closed. Our next cycle will open in January 2023. Read below for information about the application process and documentation.


The deadline to submit your application and scholarship is March 20, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST. 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 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 will be sent in May.

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 July.

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

Participate in a CBEY Admission Event to Learn More!

For an opportunity to learn about the program from our FDCE ambassadors, past participants, and from the CBEY team, take part in one of our five Ask Me Anything events starting in January, and mark your calendar for info webinar dates.

Find all admission event dates and registration details here.

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., due to 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.     

Download the Application Readiness Checklist Here Before You Apply.

To apply for this program, you must submit all of the documents listed in the Application Readiness Checklist prior to the admissions deadline.

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 professional 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 should identify and reach out to an individual who will provide a letter of recommendation in support of your application. The online application form will ask that you list their name, title, organization, and contact information.

Your reference should be someone able to discuss your skills and abilities, your potential to put your newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice to accelerate the financing and/or deployment of clean energy, and your personal character. A letter from a supervisor, employer, or professor is preferred.

Additional information about the letter is available in the Application Readiness Checklist above.

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