Applications Open for 2024 Yale Young African Scholars Program

The Yale Young African Scholars Program is a global academic enrichment program for excellent high school students.

Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) is a rigorous academic and enrichment program for African secondary school students aiming to continue university education and who want to make a meaningful influence on the continent as young leaders.

Participants will improve their academic skills, receive advice on university applications and career paths, and join a network of African young leaders. Following the program, students will be assigned mentors who will assist them with the university admission process.

Type: Secondary/High School Scholarship

Application Deadline: January 10, 2024

Value & Duration of Award: To make the program accessible to students of all financial backgrounds, there is no cost for students to participate in YYAS.

The YYAS Summit is tuition-free ($0) and provides free housing, meals, and all academic curriculum materials.

Duration of Program:

  • YYAS College Prep Workshop (online; 5 days): 18-23 July 2024
  • YYAS Leadership Summit (residential in Zimbabwe; 10 days): 9-18 August 2024

Eligible Countries: African Countries

Eligibility: To be considered for the Yale Young African Scholars Program, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 16-18 years old by July 21, 2024 (first day of Session III)
  • Be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English.
  • Be a current high school sophomore or junior (or international equivalent)
  • e graduating in May/June 2025 or 2026 from the Northern Hemisphere, or in Nov./Dec. 2024 or 2025 from the Southern Hemisphere
  • Be a first-time participant in YYGS. If you have participated in a YYGS session during a previous summer (2023 and prior), then you are not eligible to participate during YYGS 2024.Please note: If you previously applied to YYGS but were not offered admission or were unable attend AND you meet the eligibility criteria noted above, then you are encouraged to re-apply for YYGS 2024.

How To Apply: Kindly read through the application steps here

Interested candidates should click on “Apply For This Scholarship” below

Required Documents: All students must submit the following application components:

  • Activities list
  • One 400-word essay and one 200-word response
  • Two “fast take” responses (280 characters each)
  • Official school transcript
  • One Recommender (who will complete the YYGS Recommendation Form* ONLY)
  • Application fee ($70 for Early Action and $85 for Regular Decision)
  • You must click the Submit Application button on the “Review” page for your application to be considered.
  • OPTIONAL: English fluency test scores (TOEFL or Duo-Lingo)
  • OPTIONAL: Need-based financial aid


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