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Yale Young African Scholars Online Program

Application Deadline: 16 February 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.


Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) is excited to announce that the 2021 application is now available online!


YYAS is a high-intensity academic enrichment and leadership program that brings together outstanding secondary school students from across Africa. Students are exposed to the rigorous university admission and financial aid processes, attend college-style seminars led by Yale University students, and build a network of peers from across the continent. New this year, students will also participate in career guidance workshops in their field of interest: communications, technology, entrepreneurship, or public health.



Now in its eighth year of programming, YYAS has served more than 1,600 students and has brought together young leaders from more than 40 countries across Africa. To keep everyone safe during the global pandemic, the YYAS 2021 program will be held online from 25 July to 31 July. Admitted participants will access pre-recorded videos before the start of the program and attend live sessions with specially curated leadership and development content during the week-long event.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Prospective applicants must be current secondary school students in Africa who have one term to one full academic year left to complete after August 2021.

  • Students should be between 14 and 18 years old. In addition, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of an African country.


YYAS is a proud member of the HALI Access Network and gives admissions preference to high-achieving, low-income (i.e. “HALI”) students who do not have university guidance in their schools or communities. To increase accessibility, there is no tuition cost for any student.


To apply, students must submit an online application that includes one essay and two short-answer prompts. Students must also upload an official school transcript or grade report as well as provide the contact information for one teacher who knows them well enough to fill out an online recommendation form.


Apply Now: https://africanscholars.yale.edu/admissions/how-apply


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