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Application Fees & Fee Waivers

The application fee for all degree-seeking applicants is US $105.00. Application fees are non-refundable. 

Please pay this fee immediately upon submitting your application through the application platform. The fee must be paid, or a fee waiver must be granted, before your application will be reviewed. If you fail to pay the application fee or to obtain a fee waiver, your application will be cancelled.  

Acceptable Forms of Payment

  1. Visa and Mastercard are the only accepted means of payment. 
  2. Debit cards and credit card debit authorizations are not accepted.
  3. Wire transfers (such as SWIFT or Fedwire) are not accepted.


If you experience an issue or error submitting payment, please confirm that you have used either a Visa or Mastercard and entered the:

  • Correct card number
  • Correct expiration date and date format
  • Correct security code (found on the back of your credit card)

If that does not resolve your issue, please check with your credit card company to make sure that you have not exceeded your credit line and that no holds are on your account. You may also try using a different Visa or Mastercard.

Fee Waivers

Some Ph.D. or Master's applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver. The eligibility requirements and process to request a waiver are below. 

Fee Waiver Eligibility 

You must be applying for a Ph.D. or Master's degree. Non-degree applicants are not eligible for fee waivers. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are all eligible to request a fee waiver.

Fee waivers may be granted on the basis of:

  • Participation in a special program, event, fellowship, or status (see below)
  • Documented financial hardship

Special Program, Event, Fellowship or Status

If you are a member of one of the groups listed here, please provide documentation of your participation/affiliation and dates or participation on your fee waiver request form. 

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • American Physical Society Division of Nuclear Physics Conference Experience for Undergraduates (APS DNP CEU)
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
  • BP-Endure Program
  • Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative
  • CAPES-Yale Doctoral Scholars Program (BBS)
  • China Scholarship Council-Yale World Scholars Program (BBS)
  • China Scholarship Council-Yale World Scholars Program (YPH)
  • Científico Latino Graduate School Mentorship Program (GSMI)
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
  • COMPASS Workshop in Philosophy
  • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
  • Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Fellowship
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • Laureates & Leaders (MIT)
  • Leadership Alliance
  • LEDA Scholars
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  • McNair Fellowship
  • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)
  • Meyerhoff Scholars Program - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Minority Access to Research Centers (MARC)
  • Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS) / Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
  • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science/GEM Fellow
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChe)
  • National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
  • National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)
  • NSF REU Site (at Yale University): Interdisciplinary Research Training Across Biology, Physics, and Engineering
  • Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)
  • Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
  • Pittsburgh Summer Program 1 in Philosophy
  • Psychology Sneak Peek 2020
  • Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA)
  • QuestBridge Scholars
  • Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI)
  • Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy
  • Sarah Pettit Fellowship
  • Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University (SIPP)
  • Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP) at UCSD
  • The National Name Exchange
  • The PhD Project
  • The Women+ of Color Project
  • U.S. Veterans with Honorable Discharge or Active Duty in U.S. Armed Forces
  • Yale Ciencia Initiative
  • Yale Diversity Preview Days Attendee
  • Yale Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD) Virtual Information Session

Documented Financial Hardship

Applicants with documented financial hardship may be eligible for a fee waiver. The fee waiver request form asks for detailed financial information and documentation that will be evaluated in processing your request, including:

  • A letter from your undergraduate university financial aid officer
  • Statements of liabilities including prior education loans

How to Request a Fee Waiver

Please follow the instructions below to submit a fee waiver request. Fee waiver requests are due by November 30 regardless of the application deadline for your program. Do not submit your application fee until your fee waiver request has been processed and you have received a reply. Paid application fees will not be refunded.

  1. To access the Fee Waiver Request Form, start your Ph.D. or Master's application and complete the Personal Background section.
  2. Complete the Fee Waiver Request Form. (If you started your application very recently, it may take a few minutes for the system to register your new application and grant you access to the fee waiver request form). 
  3. Submit the Fee Waiver Request Form by the November 30 deadline.
  4. Once you have submitted your fee waiver request, you will receive an email within 5-7 business days indicating if you have been granted a waiver. If you are not granted a fee waiver, you will need to pay the application fee when you submit your application.