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YYAS 2020 DECISIONS HAVE BEEN RELEASED!

If you applied for the 2020 program, please check your email for updates. All others interested in applying for YYAS 2021 should check back in October for more information, or sign up here to be notified of YYAS news and events! 

We have an important update regarding YYAS 2020: The Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Program, with the health and safety of everyone in the community in mind, has decided to move all YYAS 2020 sessions online. YYAS will now be hosting a three-day virtual session using various digital platforms in late July. Relevant information will be communicated directly to admitted students via email. To read the full notice, click here


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 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.