The YYAS 2024 application is now closed.

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. Details about YYAS 2024 and how to apply can be found here.

Participants will enhance their academic skills, receive guidance on university admissions and career path options, and join a network of young leaders from across Africa. Following the program, students will be paired with mentors who will advise them throughout the university application process.

Over the course of both programs, participants will utilize various online platforms, including Canvas and Zoom, to engage in seminars, lectures, and discussions.  Additionally, each year the residential program will take place on a host campus in an African country. All relevant program information will be communicated directly to admitted participants.

Please note YYAS is not an undergraduate or graduate scholarship program. Our resources page has information on various global scholarship programs.

Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) is a proud member of the HALI Access Network and continues to enjoy support from The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. YYAS was modeled off its sister program, Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS), and continues to operate under its umbrella.