APPLY NOW for the 2021 Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) program!

APPLY NOW for the 2021 Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) program!


Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) is an intensive academic and enrichment program designed for African secondary school students planning to pursue tertiary education and who wish to make meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent.

Participants will enhance their academic skills, receive guidance on university admissions and career path options, and join a network of young leaders from across Africa. Following the seven-day program, students will be paired with mentors who will advise them throughout the university application process. There is no tuition cost for students to participate in YYAS.

To keep everyone safe during the global pandemic, YYAS 2021 will be an online program. YYAS will be hosting a seven-day virtual session using various digital platforms from 25th July to 31st July 2021*. Relevant program information will be communicated directly to admitted students via email.

YYAS is an official program of Yale University.

*Program dates are subject to change. Alternative dates are 1st August to 7th August 2021. A final decision will be made before offers of admission are sent to students.


The Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) program is a proud member of the HALI Access Network and has enjoyed support from The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale and Higherlife Foundation. YYAS was modeled off its sister program, Yale Young Global Scholars, and continues to operate under its umbrella. 

How to Apply

Get Started:

Step 1Review the YYAS eligibility criteria.

Step 2Review the YYAS application required components.

Step 3Review a PDF of a sample blank application, and start preparing to answer as many application questions as possible.

Step 4You will need to submit contact information for a parent/guardian, teacher, and/or official at your school. Reach out to them as soon as possible to review the PDF of a sample blank application with you, and be sure to collect the information you need.

Complete the Application:

Step 5Click APPLY NOWto start your YYAS application. Be sure to write down your email and password to access the application at a later time. The deadline to complete and submit the application is 16 February 2021 @ 11:59pm EST.

Step 6Check the “Review” page of the application to see if you are missing any required components, and re-visit any pages that require further information.

Step 7Once your application is complete, click on the “Review” page. Next click on the “Submit Application” button at the bottom of the page. Step 8

Check your inbox for a YYAS confirmation receipt that indicates the successful submission of your application. Confirmation emails usually arrive within 24-48 hours of submission, due to occasional delays payment processing. 

Need Help?

Contact YYAS Staff with questions as you complete the application. The earlier you contact us, the more likely that we can help you by the deadline.

Decision Notification:
Please review the Deadlines information for important, specific deadlines, dates, and times. Admissions decisions will be released by mid-April.

For more information please open this link

https://africanscholars.yale.edu/