African Scholars Fellow

Job Opening:  African Scholars Fellow, Yale Young African Scholars

Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT

How to apply:  You can apply online using the Yale STARS System  (link is external). To find our position, use requisition number 55166BR

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS, is the premier academic enrichment and leadership development program of its kind for African high school students planning to pursue university education and who wish to make a meaningful impact on the continent.  YYAS is administered by the Yale Young Global Scholars Program ( in collaboration with the Yale Africa Initiative ( and the Higherlife Foundation (, its primary funder and knowledge partner. For summer 2019, YYAS will offer three sessions in Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, enrolling about 300 high school students from across Africa through a highly competitive application process. Senior Yale faculty members lecture in the program while dedicated undergraduate, graduate, and professional school student instructors lead small-group discussions and supervise project work. YYAS participants receive post-program mentorship and guidance throughout the college application process, both virtually and in-person through local access organizations.

Reporting to the Associate Director for Yale Young African Scholars, the YYAS Fellow is responsible for critical components of program marketing, outreach, implementation, and engagement with students, staff, and faculty. The Fellow will gain experience in all facets of a fast-growing organization that offers programs for high-achieving high school students in various regions in Africa.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Independently undertakes various confidential projects and documents and prepares briefs on the findings.
  • Develops appropriate methods and/or techniques to produce high-quality project results and disseminates and educates academic community.
  • Provides project support to department leader and to actively develop appropriate external contacts and networks.
  • Develops internal and external communication materials.
  • Prepares and leads relevant meetings.
  • Develops and implements programs to better serve the University.
  • Develops and implements risk-reduction strategies to influence the academic community.
  • Participates in planning of the University programs.
  • To ensure that responsibilities identified within internal processes such as Health and Safety
  • Ensures university guidelines are robustly met by all project team members.
  • Resolves problems affecting the delivery of research projects and planning future research projects that might emerge from the current project.
  • Educate relevant staff on university projects/programs.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability of living and working in Africa for extended periods, to include a passion for education access and youth skills development on the continent, with a focus on high-achieving high school students
  • Demonstrated ability working independently and as part of a team to organize conferences, conduct outreach, and perform administrative functions that are central to the operations of a large, dynamic program.
  • Comfort with and demonstrated ability to work with numbers and statistics, learn new technology (e.g., Slate CRM and Drupal), and manage and analyze large amounts of information in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, administrative abilities, organization, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to travel to/work in several locations on the African continent for the entire duration of the summer session (July-August).

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the YYAS program, to include the social sciences, STEM, or humanities; demonstrated academic interest or professional experience with working or studying on the African continent; fluency in French, Swahili, Amharic, and /or any other widely used African language(s).