Research for Visiting Students

Yale Chemistry offers opportunities for non-Yale students to gain research and clinical experience at Yale. Below is information on available programs.

Exchange Scholars Program                                                                                              

Yale Chemistry participates in the IvyPlus Exchange Scholar Program, which allows doctoral students to study and conduct research at one of ten participating IvyPlus institutions for a term or an academic year at no additional tuition cost. Learn about participating institutions the application process.  

Minors in the Lab

Yale Chemistry welcomes high school students aged 16 or 17 to perform research or clinical activities. The purpose of the minor’s participation is to receive an introduction to an academic field of study and research and an educational mentoring opportunity.

Please review the policy for minors participating in research or clinical activities, including parental consent forms and liability waivers.

The experience at Yale is solely for the educational benefit of the minor and does not constitute an employment relationship between the minor and Yale. Therefore, the minor may not receive any wages or other compensation for their educational activities at Yale. In limited circumstances, a participant may receive a lump sum stipend if needed to enable their participation in the activity. This must be approved at the time of application, and in advance of any payment, by the provost or designee.

To set up an appointment for a minor in the lab, please contact Undergraduate Academic Support with the student’s name, contact information, and anticipated appointment dates. A Yale faculty member or delegate will then complete an application and provide the student with a NetID.

Visiting Assistant in Research (VAR)

Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at another university are welcome to pursue full-time dissertation research at Yale. To be considered as a Visiting Assistant in Research (VAR), students should review the policy for VARs then apply to the Division of Special Registration. 

VARs may not enroll in classes at Yale and are limited to a maximum of two years of study. They are unpaid and must demonstrate sufficient financial support at the time of application.

Please contact Graduate Academic Support  (203 432 3913) with the applicant’s name, contact information, and visit dates. Note, international visitors should plan to process their applications no less than 60 days before the start of their visit.

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Visiting Undergraduates Participating in Research or Clinical Activities

Undergraduate students 18 years or older who are currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution other than Yale are welcome to participate in approved educational research and clinical activity under the mentorship of a Yale faculty member. Please review the policy before requesting an appointment as a visiting undergraduate.

The purpose is to provide the student with research and clinical experience under the mentorship of a Yale faculty member. The experience is solely for the student’s educational benefit and does not constitute an employment relationship between the student and Yale. A student may receive a stipend directly from their home institution or receive other fellowship support. However, support through Yale administered funds is permissible only when provided as a stipend to support an educational experience, e.g., under Sackler NSF REU Supplement provisions. 

A student may receive payment but must be hired through Human Resources in a temporary intern position. This option has not been widely used in the Chemistry Department. To be considered, submit a brief statement of the work to be performed to Chemistry Administration Office and allow up to eight weeks for processing.

To request an appointment, contact Undergraduate Academic Support with the student’s name, contact information, and anticipated appointment dates. A Yale faculty member will then complete an application and provide the student with a NetID.