Yale Youth African Scholars Program 2023 For African Secondary School Students

Yale Youth African Scholars Program 2023 For African Secondary School Students

By OFA- October 10, 2022

Application deadline: 01 February 2023 at 11:59 pm EST

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 university admission and financial aid application guidance, and join 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.

Eligible requirements

. Age: you must be at least 14 years old, and not older than 18yesrs old, by the application deadline (1st February 2023) 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 accept applications from refugees living in an African country.

.school location:  must currently attend school in an African country

.grade level: you must be 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 the latest May /June 2024.if you attend school in the southern hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest November/December 2023 and no later than November /December 2024

Student profile

A typical YYAS participant has

.excellent academic records

.demonstrated leadership potential

.strong written and verbal communication skills

.a desire and ability to work cooperatively

.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


YYAS is designed to bring together high achieving and socially conscious secondary school students from across the African continent.

.regardless of the format, students can expect a week of university style seminars, workshops on career exploration and university admissions, interact with industry and academic professionals from Yale and beyond, and networking with pan African cohort peers

.asynchronous and synchronous programming will be a critical part of both programs

In 2023 YYAS will offer residential program in addition to its online program

YYAS 2023

Program Dates

YYAS online: 30 July -5 august 20232

YYAS Zimbabwe: 11-18 august

While the YYAS program can provide free housing and academic curriculum materials for all applicants during the residential program, each student will pay a program fee of 175 USD in advance to cover all meals and local operational expenses during the program. Additionally each student must be able to pay for and coordinate their own travel to and from Zimbabwe.

How to apply

.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.

.YYAS also strongly encourage students to provide the contact information for one teacher who knows them well enough to fill out an outline recommendation form.

For more information

Visit the official Webpage of the Yale Young African Scholars Program 2023

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