2014 Yale Young African Scholars Program

2014 Yale Young African Scholars Program

Deadline: May 9, 2014

Applications are now invited for the 2014 Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is a new initiative that is modeled off of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. This is a high-intensity five-day program designed for African secondary school students with talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies.

The 2014 inaugural Yale Young African Scholars programs will be hosted by Yale University in two locations:

  • Ghana from 11 – 15 August 2014
  • Ethiopia from 18 – 22 August 2014


The programs will help students recognize and understand global issues, strategize responses, and innovate solutions while learning from Yale faculty and African undergraduate and graduate students who currently attend Yale. Students will participate in a lecture series and a number of elective seminars on a variety of topics. The demanding academic content is designed to improve students’ analytical thinking, intellectual flexibility, and written and oral communication skills. These skills will be further utilized in small workshops designed to prepare students for the demanding application processes of U.S. colleges and universities.

Eligibility and Criteria

The Yale Young African Scholars Program is designed to challenge top performing secondary school students (entering their second to last year) with fast-paced, university-level material. Students will spend the majority of each day in lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions. The academic work in the program is intense and covers a wide variety of material.

Successful applicants will demonstrate high academic achievement leadership potential, and strong interests in the program content, in addition to pursuing an undergraduate degree in the United States. Applicants should also be able and willing to work openly and effectively with peers.

A student in the program must have:

  • two years of secondary school remaining
  • excellent academic record
  • demonstrated leadership potential
  • strong written and verbal communication skills
  • desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  • good work ethic
  • ability to read, analyze, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  • high standard of personal and professional conduct
  • interested in attending university in the United States
  • Students must also be mature and able to engage respectfully and civilly in discussions over controversial intellectual, moral, and political issues.

Cost and Participation

There is no cost to students to participate in the Yale Young African Scholars Program. Participants are, however, responsible for getting themselves to the venue at the outset of the program and their return home at the end of the program. Participants will also be responsible for any incidental expenses they elect to incur.

Accommodation will be provided for all students, along with class instruction, three meals a day, and in the case of the Ethiopia session, transportation from Addis to Debre Zeit. There is no cost for students to participate in the program.


This is a highly selective program. All applications will be reviewed holistically, and there are no minimum grade or standardized exam score requirements. However, a high level of English proficiency will be expected.

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