Applying to the Certificate

Applying to the Certificate

The 2019/2020 application is now closed. The admissions for the 2020/2021 cohort will open in January 2020.  You can still download the brochure from our homepage and get on mailing list for information about the certificate.


Application Process

Admissions opened on January 7, 2019.

The admissions review committee will seek to balance the cohort across sectors and industries and decisions will be made on a rolling basis with a priority admissions deadline on March 7, 2019. This means that applications received prior to March 7, 2019 are guaranteed to be reviewed.

Admissions will then close either on May 19, 2019, or when the maximum cohort size is reached, whichever occurs earlier. We encourage applicants to submit their application forms and supporting documents as early as possible.

Candidates who successfully completed an application online before May 19, 2019, and who would have been accepted into the program if not for the cohort reaching its maximum size will be placed on a waitlist. Candidates that have been placed on a waitlist will be notified if a spot becomes available prior to the start of the on-campus week.

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

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Application Materials

All application materials must be submitted through the electronic application form accessible on this page. Please do not mail any material to CBEY. A comprehensive application readiness checklist is available here.

To apply for this program, you must submit all of the following documents:

  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 a deposit will be required to secure a spot in the program if you are admitted. Learn more about tuition and payments here. 


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.

Your recommender should be able to evaluate your academic/professional work. A letter from a professor, supervisor or employer is preferred. The online application form will ask that you list their name, title and contact information. 

Your recommender must send the letter of recommendation directly to using the following naming convention "ApplicantLastName_ApplicantFirstName_Letter". 

Note that your recommender will not receive any email or other reminders from Yale and that it is up to you to ensure that they submit the letter by the below deadlines for your application to be considered complete:

  • Priority Admissions Deadline: March 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST (to be considered a priority application and guaranteed consideration)
  • Final Admissions Deadline: May 19, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST (to be reviewed on a rolling basis until cohort size is reached) 


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.