As an academic researcher, you can apply for a free Team plan for your organization account and a free Developer plan for your personal user account.

To apply for an academic research discount, you must:

  • Have a personal user account
  • Have a verifiable school-issued email address or share documents that prove your school affiliation

If you're applying for a free Team plan for an organization you must also have an organization account, which you can set up on the free plan.

If your discount request is approved, your organization will be automatically upgraded to the Team plan.

After your discount expires, you may reapply for a discount if you're still eligible.

Applying for a free Developer plan for your personal account

  1. Go to GitHub's Education page and click Request a discount. Request a discount

  2. Select Researcher. Educational role options

  3. To apply this discount to your personal account, select Individual account and click Next. Individual or organization account

  4. Type your name. Field for your name

  5. Verify your academic status.

    • If you have a school-issued email address, use the drop-down menu and click the desired email address. Academic email selection
    • If you don't have a school-issued email-address, use the drop-down menu and click I don't have a school-issued email address. Next, upload an image of your school or faculty ID, employment verification letter, academic transcript, or other proof of affiliation that shows at least one date to prove your current academic status. Upload documents to verify your academic status
  6. Enter the school name. Field for your school name

  7. Describe how you plan to use GitHub in your research group. Description field for how you plan to use GitHub

  8. Verify your application details, then click Submit Request. Submit request button

    If your application is approved, you'll receive a confirmation email. Applications are usually processed within a few days, but it may take longer during peak times, such as during the start of a new semester.

Applying for a free Team plan for your organization

  1. Go to GitHub's Education page and click Request a discount. Request a discount

  2. Select Researcher. Educational role options

  3. To apply this discount to your organization, select Organization account and click Next. Individual or organization account

  4. Use the organization drop-down menu, and click the organization you want to apply the education discount to.

  5. To describe your organization's purpose, select Research group. Choose your organization's purpose

  6. Complete the form with information about your research group and answer all questions, then click Next. Fields and radio buttons asking for information about the academic research discount
  7. Type your name. Field for your name

  8. Verify your academic status.

    • If you have a school-issued email address, use the drop-down menu and click the desired email address. Academic email selection
    • If you don't have a school-issued email-address, use the drop-down menu and click I don't have a school-issued email address. Next, upload an image of your school or faculty ID, employment verification letter, academic transcript, or other proof of affiliation that shows at least one date to prove your current academic status. Upload documents to verify your academic status
  9. Enter the school name. Field for your school name

  10. Describe how you plan to use GitHub in your research group. Description field for how you plan to use GitHub

  11. Verify your application details, then click Submit Request. Submit request button

    If your application is approved, you'll receive a confirmation email. Applications are usually processed within a few days, but it may take longer during peak times, such as during the start of a new semester.

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