Yale Young African Scholars Program 494 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




Yale University is inviting African secondary school students to apply for the 2017 Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) which will be hosted by Yale University in 3 locations in Africa. The 7-day residential programs will help students recognize and understand global issues, strategize responses, and innovate solutions. YYAS participants will attend lectures and seminars taught by Yale faculty, local practitioners and African undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at Yale on topics ranging from diplomacy to education, urbanization, energy and health. YYAS also conducts small workshops to help prepare students for the demanding application processes of U.S. colleges and universities.

The Summer 2017 sessions will be held in 3 African locations: 27 July to 2 August 2017 in Rwanda, 7 to 13 August 2017 in Ghana and 18 to 24 August 2017 in Mauritius.


There is no cost to students to participate in the YYAS. Participants are, however, responsible for their own travel expenses to and from the program as well as any incidental expenses they elect to incur. Admitted students demonstrating financial need may apply for a limited number of travel assistance grants, intended to help defray the cost of international travel between African countries. Students can only apply for travel assistance after they have received an offer of admission to YYAS. On-site accommodation is mandatory, and will be provided for all students, along with 3 meals a day.


Applicants must be citizens of African countries, who are interested in attending university in the U.S. They should currently be attending secondary school in Africa, and will graduate from secondary school in 2018 or 2019, with excellent academic record and who are 18 years or younger at the time of the program. They must have demonstrated leadership potential, strong written and verbal communication skills, are able to analyze and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English and able to work with peers.

Applicants must possess good work ethic and a high standard of personal and professional conduct and be mature enough to engage respectfully and civilly in discussions over controversial intellectual, moral, and political issues.


Applications are to be done online by 16 March 2017.

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