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Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Programme 2021 for African Students

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a high-intensity academic and leadership program designed for African secondary school students who have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies.

 Entering its sixth year, this intensive program brings together African secondary school students between the ages of 14–18 for a cost-free, intensive academic and residential program.

Administered by the Yale Young Global Scholars Program and building off that model of interdisciplinary academic curriculum, YYAS participants will attend lectures led by prominent Yale faculty, seminars developed by Yale student instructors, and experiential exercises designed to augment their leadership skills. Participants will engage in robust intellectual exchanges that are crucial to understanding Africa’s most pressing challenges and opportunities. In addition to the introduction to university application processes, Yale student-led courses and leadership training, YYAS also offers students standardized test preparation sessions at no cost to the students.

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About Yale Young Global Scholars

Yale Young Global Scholars is an unparalleled academic and leadership program at Yale University, founded on the tenets of liberal arts, renowned for its diverse and inclusive community, and committed to increasing education access. Yale Young Global Scholars empowers the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding and inspire creative action across all borders.... read more


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Yale Young African Scholars Programme


Aim and Benefits of Yale Young African Scholars Programme

  1. To make the program accessible to students of all financial backgrounds, there is no cost for students to participate in YYAS.

Requirements for Yale Young African Scholars Programme Qualification

  1. Age: You must be at least 14 years old by application deadline in order to be considered. Please note that a typical YYAS student is between the ages of 15 and 18.
  2. English: You must be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English.
  3. Citizenship: You must be a citizen or permanent resident of an African country. YYAS will also accept applications from refugees living in an African country.
  4. School location: You must currently attend school in an African country.
  5. Graduation date: If you attend school in the Northern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest May/June 2021. If you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest November/December 2020. Students who will graduate secondary school before August 2020 are NOT eligible to apply.

If you are currently in your final year or term of secondary school, have already graduated secondary school, or are a university student, then you are NOT eligible to apply.

If you are a YYAS or YYGS alumnus/a, you may NOT apply for YYAS. (*However, if you are a YYAS alumnus/a, you can apply to YYGS if eligible.)


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Interview date, Process and Venue for Yale Young African Scholars Programme

Selection Criteria: A typical YYAS participant has:

  1. Excellent academic records
  2. Demonstrated leadership potential
  3. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  4. A desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  5. Persistence and determination when facing challenges
  6. High standards of personal and professional conduct
  7. The ability to read, analyze, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  8. Interest in engaging in discussions about intellectual, moral, and political issues in Africa

Application Deadline

February 16, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Yale Young Global Scholars on apply.globalscholars.yale.edu to apply

Important Note: Please note there is no cost to apply for, or participate in YYAS. While we share the same online application form as our sister program, YYGS, the application fee section only applies to students who wish to apply for both programs, or YYGS only. Students who ONLY wish to apply for YYAS should disregard the financial aid section of the application.

For more details, visit YALE website



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