Yale Young African Scholars Program 2017 Launches in New Locations (Funded)

Yale Young African Scholars Program 2017 Launches in New Locations (Funded)

Deadline: March 16, 2017

Application for the 2017 Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is now open! 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. The program brings together students from across Africa in this seven-day, residential program and introduces them to the demanding U.S. university application process and requirements.


YYAS is an official program of Yale University. In 2016, YYAS hosted programs in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe and welcomed 300 African high school students into its growing alumni network.

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.

The 2017 Yale Young African Scholars Program will be hosted in:

  • Rwanda: July 27 August 2
  • Ghana: August 7 – August 13
  • Mauritius: August 18- August 24

Cost and Funding

“We are excited to offer the 2017 Yale Young African Scholars Program in a new Southern African country this year, and look forward to participants getting a taste of student life at African Leadership University,” said Laura Kaub, Program Manager of YYAS.

Thanks to the generous support of the HigherLife Foundation, YYAS is free of cost to all accepted students. Travel stipends will be offered for students from low-income backgrounds.


  • Prospective applicants must be citizens of an African country and currently attend school on the African continent.
  • Applicants will have two years left before completing high school and be between the ages of 14-18.


The online application is available through the program web site.

For more information, visit Yale Young African Scholars Program 2017.