Postdoctoral Fellowships

The YCEI post-doctoral fellowship program is currently at full capacity and will not be accepting applications for fellowships to start in 2015.

Yale Climate & Energy Institute supports post-doctoral fellowships at Yale in all disciplines related to the YCEI mission, from natural sciences and engineering to social sciences and humanities. Priority will be given to applicants who are self-motivated, can leverage existing Yale faculty expertise, and are ready to push the envelope on current theoretical, experimental or policy issues in the fields of climate and energy. 

YCEI fellowships are normally awarded for two years, subject to adequate progress during the first year and availability of funding for the second year. The award provides a stipend of $50,000 per year, a research allowance of $5000, plus health care benefits and assistance with relocation.

Applications are accepted from individuals who will have been awarded a doctoral degree at any time within the last two years. For example, the cutoff for 2014 applicants was award of a doctoral degree on or after January 1, 2012, and before September 1, 2014.

Yale PhD graduates or individuals already in residence at Yale are not eligible for awards.

All Yale faculty members are eligible to sponsor YCEI postdoctoral fellows. A faculty member will normally be limited to sponsorship of one candidate per year. The sponsoring department will normally be expected to provide infrastructure—for example, office space and a research lab. In rare cases, YCEI can help with providing office space.


All applicants must be nominated and submitted by a current Yale faculty member. Applications must include (in the following order):

(1) A cover letter from the applicant
(2) A resume or CV that includes the following information: Full Name, Date of Birth, Citizenship, Education and Degrees (including expected date of award of doctoral degree if not yet completed)
(3) A full list of publications
(4) A sample of recent research work, in the form of a reprint of a peer-reviewed journal article or a preprint of a manuscript under review at a peer-reviewed journal
(5) A statement outlining a research project to be undertaken during the fellowship (1200 words or less)
(6) A list of four references with full contact information, including e-mail address and telephone number
(7) Four letters of reference. One of the letters must be from a sponsoring Yale faculty member.

The documents in items (1) through (6) should be combined into a single PDF file with the cover letter at the front, and with the following pattern for the file name: ApplicantLastName-ApplicantFirstName-YCEI-Fellowship.pdf.

Applications can be sent to via e-mail to with cc: to the sponsoring Yale faculty member. The subject line of the e-mail should be: YCEI Fellowship Application

Applicants will receive a confirmation that the application has been received, but are responsible for asking all of their references to submit a confidential letter of reference also via e-mail to The subject line for e-mails with letters of reference should be: YCEI Fellowship Reference - ApplicantLastName, ApplicantFirstName

The deadline for receipt of all application materials, including letters of reference, is the last day of January. Candidates are usually notified of the outcome during March. Successful candidates are expected to begin their program at Yale in September.

Yale University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer; applications from women, minority and international scientists are strongly encouraged.