Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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Visiting Assistant in Research (VAR)

Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at another university and who wish to pursue full time dissertation-level research may be admitted to the Division of Special Registration as a "Visiting Assistant in Research" (VAR).

Requirements/General Information
  • You must be currently enrolled in a graduate program (Masters or Ph.D.) at another institution and have already completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).

  • The deadline for applying is 60 days prior to your planned start date.
  • An Advisor Invitation Verification Form
  • A letter from your home institution confirming your academic standing

  • You may not enroll in coursework while at Yale.

  • The VAR program is a full-time program.

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  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Application fee is US $100.00* (MasterCard or Visa only from within the online application). Debit cards, credit card debit authorizations or Wire transfers (such as SWIFT or Fedwire) are not accepted.

  • The date for the beginning and ending of your study at Yale is flexible and should be discussed with your Yale advisor prior to submitting your application. However, you application must be submitted no less that 60 days prior to your intended start date if you are an international applicant, and 30 days prior to your intended start date if you are a domestic applicant. You may apply to enroll for up to one year. You may petition to extend your initial enrollment for up to one additional year after first year is complete. VAR appointments have a maximum cumulative time limit of 2 years.

  • VARs are not eligible for financial aid from the Yale Graduate School and must demonstrate sufficient financial support at the time of application.

  • All required documents must be in English.

  • *International applicants must also include a US $25.00 document processing fee

How to Apply
  • A complete online application contains the following:

    • The Division of Special Registration Visiting Assistants in Research (VAR) online application. Everything required to support your application must be uploaded to your application - no materials are to be mailed to the Graduate School or to the Program you will be affiliated with.

    • A personal statement of 500-1000 words describing your past work, your preparation for the proposed research, and your proposal research at Yale.

    • Proof of sufficient funding to cover your Living Expense and Tuition Costs while at Yale.

    • Proof of health insurance. Health insurance can be purchased through Yale Health.

    • The Graduate School application fee of US $100.00 (MasterCard or Visa only from within the online application).* Debit cards, credit card debit authorizations or Wire transfers (such as SWIFT or Fedwire) are not accepted.

    • An Advisor Invitation Verification Form from the Yale faculty member/advisor with whom you will be working. This form is completed in part, from within your application. If your Sponsor will provide financial assistance (for stipend, tuition, health coverage, etc.), this assistance must be entered in the online application. Once you have completed your part of the form you are to e-mail it to your Advisor to verify and complete. Your advisor will then return the form to you and you will upload it to your application.

    • A letter from your home institution indicating that you are in good academic standing enrolled as a full-time, degree seeking, student at your home institution during your time at Yale.

    • Two letters of recommendation.

    • Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Applicants who have attended international institutions where transcripts are in a language other than English, must have those transcripts translated into English by a certified English translator. GRE scores are not required.

    • Additional information for international applicants and non-U.S. citizens:

    • Your application must be submitted no later that 60 days prior to your intended start date if you are an interantion applicant and 30 days prior to your intended start date if you are a domestic applicant.

    • TOEFL scores may be required by some departments/programs. Check directly with the department/program to which you are applying.

    • OISS will issue a visa to non-U.S. citizens who are accepted and can demonstrate sources of funding of an estimated $2,342/month for cost of living expenses and who demonstrate sufficient insurance coverage. Consult this page for more information.

    • Yale will sponsor accepted international students for J-1 visa status. To be eligible for a J-1 student visa, a substantial portion of the student’s financial support must be from a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship provided by an external funding source.

    • All admission decisions are communicated in written form by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, not by individual departments or programs. Only letters sent directly from the Graduate School may be considered official notifications of admission.

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  • *International applicants must also include a US $25.00 document processing fee