Eligibility

YYAS accepts applications from current secondary school students in Africa who will have to complete at least one full academic term after August 2018. In addition, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of an African country.

YYAS does not accept applications from students in their final term of secondary school, from secondary school graduates, or from university students.

YYAS cannot accept applications from students who are younger than 14 years old by the application deadline.

Students who have attended YYAS previously are not eligible to reapply, but are encouraged to consider applying for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. Click here to learn more.

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
  • Interest in engaging in discussions about intellectual, moral, and political issues in Africa

If you have any specific questions about your eligibility, please email african.scholars@yale.edu.