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

The deadline to complete and submit the application is 16 February 2021 @ 11:59pm EST.

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

Participants will enhance their academic skills, receive university admission and financial aid application guidance, and join a network of young leaders from across Africa. Following the program, students will be paired with mentors who will help advise them throughout the university application process.


In order to apply to YYAS, applicants MUST fulfil all of the following requirements:

  • Age: You must be at least 14 years old by the application deadline (16 February 2021) in order to be considered. Please note that a typical YYAS student is between the ages of 15 and 18.

  • English: You must be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English.

  • Citizenship: You must be a citizen or permanent resident of an African country. YYAS will also accept applications from refugees living in an African country.

  • School location: You must currently attend school in an African country.

  • Grade Level: You must be a current 11th-grade student (or the international equivalent).

  • Graduation date: If you attend school in the Northern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by latest May/June 2022. If you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest November/December 2021 and no later than November/December 2022.

If you are currently in your final year or term of secondary school, have already graduated secondary school, or are a university student, then you are NOT eligible to apply.

Student Profile

The Yale Young African Scholars Program is designed for African secondary school students who wish to pursue tertiary education and make a meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent.

A typical YYAS participant has:

  • Excellent academic records

  • Demonstrated leadership potential

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • A desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers

  • Persistence and determination when facing challenges

  • High standards of personal and professional conduct

  • The ability to read, analyze, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English

  • Demonstrated maturity and interest in engaging in discussions about intellectual, moral, and political issues in Africa

Application Requirements

The following list describes the typical YYAS requirements, although the most up-to-date and accurate information is always in the application. The following three (3) components are required of all applicants:

  • Completed application form - The application can be found online and must be filled out by the applicant. Students will be asked to complete one 500-word essay and two short responses and must provide information on their extracurricular activities and the school that they currently attend.

  • Official transcript or grade report(s) - A student transcript is an official document provided by the school and includes the applicant’s list of courses and grades received. Students must upload their official transcript or grade report(s) for each year of secondary school. National exam scores, if available, should also be submitted but are not required. If a student has changed secondary schools at any point, they must include records both from their previous AND their current school. Please refrain from uploading certificates or transcripts from primary school.

  • One (1) teacher recommendation - The recommendation must be filled out via the Online Recommendation Form that will be sent to a teacher’s email after the student provides their contact details. An email will be sent with a link to the Form and instructions on how to fill it out. The recommendation must be written and submitted by a teacher who knows the student well. Recommendations from parents/guardians, siblings, relatives, family friends, and/or paid private tutors/counsellors will NOT be accepted.

2021 YYAS Application - SAMPLE
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How to Apply

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