The 2018 Yale Young African Scholars application is now CLOSED!

Deadline was 06 February 2018 at 11:59 pm EST 

YYAS 2018 will be held in two locations:

Rwanda: 29 July - 07 August
Ghana: 11 August - 20 August

There is no cost to apply for, or participate in YYAS. Though the online application form is the same as our sister program, YYGS, the application fee only applies to students who wish to apply for YYGS, or both YYGS and YYAS. Students who ONLY wish to apply for YYAS should disregard this portion of the application.

Required application components include:

  • Completed application form - The application can be found online and must be filled out by the applicant. Students will be asked to complete one 500-word essay and three short responses, as well as to provide information on your activities and the school that you currently attend.
  • Official transcript or grade report - Students must upload their official transcript or grade report(s) for each year of secondary school. A student transcript is an official document provided by the school and includes the applicant’s list of courses and grades received. National exam scores, if available, should also be submitted but are not required.
  • One teacher recommendation - The recommendation must be written and submitted by a teacher through a link that will be provided by the applicant through the online portal. Alternatively, the teacher may email a letter of recommendation to and staff will upload it to the student’s application.

Please note that letters must be sent in PDF (.pdf) format and placed on institutional letterhead with signature, if possible. We will not accept recommendations that are submitted by students. Applicants should request the recommendation from a teacher at their school who knows them well and has taught them in an academic subject. The recommendation also must be received by the application deadline, 06 February 2018.

We place great importance on these recommendations, because we understand that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and education contexts. We appreciate teachers taking the time to write recommendations for their student(s). To ensure sincerity, we ask that teachers please refrain from sharing their recommendations with students.

YYAS reviews all applications holistically, and there are no minimum grade or standardized exam score requirements. However, a high level of English proficiency will be expected.

Further eligibility details can be found here.

Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by late March or early April.