Yale Young African Scholars 2020 Application is Now Open!

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 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 eight-day program, students will be paired with mentors who will help advise them throughout the university application process. There are no tuition, meal, or lodging costs for students to participate in YYAS.

YYAS is an official program of Yale University.


The Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) program is in proud partnership with the Higherlife Foundation and is a member of the HALI Access Network, with additional support from The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.

Application Deadlines

For 2020, YYGS applications will be read and reviewed on a rolling basis. In fairness to all applicants, admissions decisions will NOT be made nor released until all applications from your respective applicant pool have been reviewed. Please know that we will release decisions as soon as possible, and decisions will be released no later than the decision release dates listed below.

YYGS will ensure that significant need-based financial aid is available for qualified applicants who submit their applications during either applicant pool period. We encourage students with any type of demonstrated financial need to apply for financial aid (using the online YYGS application), since our financial aid students qualify for partial or full-tuition packages covering up to 100% of tuition ($6,300 USD).

Applicant Pool #1: Early Action

Application Deadline 11:59PM ET on November 12, 2019
Application Fee* $55 USD
Decision Release** Notified of Admission Status & Financial Aid by 11:59PM ET on December 24, 2019
Deadline to Accept or Decline YYGS Offer/ Pay Tuition Deposit 11:59pm ET on January 9, 2020

Applicant Pool #2: Regular Decision

Application Deadline 11:59pm ET on January 15, 2020
Application Fee* $70 USD
Decision Release Notified of Admission Status & Financial Aid by 11:59pm ET on March 15, 2020
Deadline to Accept or Decline YYGS Offer/Pay Tuition Deposit 11:59pm ET on March 25, 2020

*Students with demonstrated financial need can submit the Fee Waiver Form (located within the financial aid section of the YYGS online application) for their school official to complete, and (if approved) the waiver will reduce their application fee to $0 USD.

**Early Action applicants will receive an offer of admission OR be deferred into the Regular Decision pool for further review. Early Action applicants who are deferred into the Regular Decision pool will receive their decision of Admit, Waitlist, or Deny by March 15, 2020.

How to Apply

Get Started:

Step 1 Review the YYGS eligibility criteria.
Step 2 Review the YYGS application required components.
Step 3 Review a PDF of a sample blank application, and start preparing to answer as many application questions as possible.
Step 4 You 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 5 Once our application opens by the end of September, then you will be able to click APPLY NOW to start your YYGS application. Be sure to write down your email and password to access the application at a later time.
Step 6 Check 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 7 Once your application is complete, click on the “Review” page. Next click on the “Finalize & Pay” button at the bottom of the page.
Step 8 Pay the $55 USD Early Action Fee or $70 USD Regular Decision Fee. 

If you submitted a completed Fee Waiver Form on the application page, this requirement will automatically be waived. YYGS staff will contact you if your Fee Waiver Request is denied, and your application will not be reviewed until the YYGS application fee is paid.

Step 9 Check your inbox for a YYGS 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 YYGS 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 Early Action and Regular Decision information for important, specific deadlines, dates, and times. Admissions decisions will be released by late March.

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