Frequently Asked Questions



When is the deadline?

You must submit an application no later than 11:59pm EST on 06 February 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

How many students participate in each session of the Yale Young African Scholars Program?

YYAS will admit a combined total of 300 students to the Yale Young African Scholars sessions taking place in 2018.

I see that Yale also offers a “Yale Young Global Scholars Program” for high school students. How is this program different from that one?

The Yale Young African Scholars Program was created as an extension of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) structure. Whereas YYGS takes place on Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut, and is open to students from around the world, the Yale Young African Scholars Program takes place in Africa and is specifically designed for students enrolled in secondary school on the African continent, and who are either citizens or permanent residents of an African country. Like YYGS, YYAS is an academic enrichment program, but it also includes a significant emphasis on university guidance. More information about the Yale Young Global Scholars Program can be found at

I want to apply for both YYAS and YYGS. Is that possible?

Yes, it is possible for students to apply to both programs using the same online application form. However, please be advised that students can only be offered admission to one program, not both.

If you decide to apply for both programs, please be sure you meet the eligibility requirements for both. The YYAS application requirements include one completed application form, an activities list, one 500-word essay and three short responses, one teacher recommendation letter, and an official transcript or grade report for each year of secondary school. There is no cost to apply for, or to participate in YYAS. If you choose to apply for YYGS as well, you must submit an additional letter of recommendation, unofficial standardized test scores if available (these are optional and not required), and an application fee which may be waived if you complete the need-based financial aid portion of the application and are applying for financial assistance to attend YYGS.

The $60 YYGS application fee does NOT apply to individuals who are only applying to YYAS. 

I’m attending another program that overlaps with yours. Can I arrive late and/or leave early?

No. Due to the intensive nature of each session, we require that every participant commit to the entire duration of the session.

Do you provide transcripts or course credit for your program?

No. Our philosophy is to provide a unique opportunity for high achieving students to learn without the pressure of grades and quantitative evaluations; however, our instructors will provide ample student feedback during the program. Also, a certificate is awarded to all participants who complete the program.

Do you have rolling admissions?

No. All applications will be reviewed after the application deadline on 06 February 2018, and all decisions will be released at the same time, by the end of March 2018.

I applied last year and was accepted into the program initially but, due to unforeseen circumstances, could not attend the program and had to withdraw. Am I automatically given a spot in the 2018 program?

No. Any student interested in attending YYAS 2018 must submit a new application and be accepted again in order to participate in 2018’s program.

How will applicants be notified of admissions decisions?

All applicants will receive an email with their final admission decision by the end of March 2018. Please ensure your email and contact information is correctly entered when completing your application to avoid delay in notification.

I live in close proximity to the site of instruction where YYAS programs will take place. If accepted, am I still required to stay at the venue in the accommodation provided?

Yes. In addition to a providing students with a set of skills that they can use for long after the program ends, we hope that the YYAS program will also provide a space for like-minded youth to meet, form friendships, and support each other in their future transition to university. To facilitate the formation of this network, we require all participants to reside in the dormitories with the group throughout the program. On-site accommodation is mandatory and will be provided for all students, along with three meals a day.

How much does it cost to participate in YYAS?

There is no cost to students to participate in the Program. Room and board will be provided for all students, along with three meals a day.

However, participants ARE responsible for getting themselves to the venue at the outset of the program and for their return home at the end of the program. Participants will also be responsible for any incidental expenses they elect to incur.

Students from low-income backgrounds who demonstrate financial need may apply for a limited number of travel grants offered by the program. If awarded, the grant will cover the cost of a roundtrip plane ticket between a student’s home country and the program location. Students can only apply for travel assistance after they have received an offer of admission to YYAS. Please note that the grant will NOT cover the cost of securing a passport or a visa, which must be obtained and paid for by the student. 

While YYAS provides all students traveling internationally with complimentary airport pick up and drop off on the day of arrival and departure, participants—including travel grant recipients—must also arrange for their own transportation between their home and originating airport, and upon return. 

I see that YYAS 2018 is being held in Ghana and Rwanda, but I currently reside and attend school in another African country. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes! Applications are accepted from ALL African countries. For more information please see our eligibility page.

Will you be offering a third session in Zimbabwe, or elsewhere in southern Africa?

Unlike in previous years, in 2018 we will not be offering a YYAS program in Zimbabwe. Despite this location change, we strongly encourage applicants, especially those from southern African countries, to apply for the program in Ghana or Rwanda.

Remember that students from low-income backgrounds who demonstrate financial need may apply for a limited number of travel grants offered by the program. If awarded, the grant will cover the cost of a roundtrip plane ticket between a student’s home country and the program location. Students can only apply for travel assistance after they have received an offer of admission to YYAS.

For specific inquiries regarding program location(s), please email us at



I have attended YYAS already, and I loved it so much that I want to apply again and perhaps go to a different country! Can I reapply?

No. If you are a YYAS alumnus and have already participated in a previous YYAS program then you are not eligible to participate in subsequent YYAS programs.

I am a YYGS alum and interested in applying for the YYAS program. I am currently enrolled in secondary school on the continent and meet the age requirements. Can I apply for YYAS?

No. Please also be advised that if you are an alumn of the YYGS program, you may NOT apply for the YYAS program. You may, however, apply for the YYGS program if you are a YYAS alum and meet all other eligibility requirements.

I am currently enrolled in secondary school in Africa but am younger than 14 years of age. Can I still apply?

No. YYAS does not accept applications from students who are younger than 14 years old by the application deadline.

I am an American student studying at an international school in an African country. Can I apply to the program?

The Yale Young African Scholars Program is designed specifically for citizens and permanent residents of African countries. If you have a query about your eligibility status, emails us at with your first (given) name, surname, birth date, the name of your secondary school, and an explanation of your situation so that we can provide more clarification.

I receive high school instruction in a language other than English. Exactly how strong does my English need to be?

You must be able to do difficult, sustained academic work in English, including reading, writing, and speaking with a high level of fluency. For example, you need to be able to easily read a long article from a magazine such as The Economist and to be able to discuss it easily with native English speakers. In addition, you must be capable of writing an essay about the article so that your thoughts are clear, even if your grammar and spelling still have some mistakes.

YYAS does not require TOEFL or other English proficiency exam scores, but applicants who do not attend an English-medium school may be contacted with a request to schedule a phone interview with the YYAS admission committee.

I am about to graduate from secondary school. Can I apply to YYAS?

No. YYAS is specifically catered to students who will have to complete at least one full academic term or semester after August 2018.

I recently completed my secondary school studies but have not yet enrolled in university or post-secondary education. Can I apply?

No. YYAS only accepts applications from current secondary school students in Africa who will have to complete at least one full academic term or semester after August 2018. YYAS does NOT accept applications from students in their final term or semester of secondary school, from secondary school graduates, or from university students.



I can’t access the online application. Help!

Please try accessing the application with a different internet browser and/or using a different computer. Also be sure that you change your Internet settings to disable pop-up blockers, allow cookies, and enable JavaScript. If you continue to have problems, contact us at with a detailed description of the program, including your country location.

The application portal is available here:

I am having problems with the application. Who do I contact for assistance?

Contact us at with a detailed description of the problem. Be sure to include your full name and reference number.

What is a “school transcript”?

A school transcript, or a grade report, is an official document produced on the school’s letterhead that includes a list of classes and the marks you’ve received at your current school. Your grade point average (GPA) and class rank are usually included on the transcript if those are calculated by the school. (Not all schools calculate GPA and/or class rank, and YYAS does not require this information.) In order to avoid confusion, please provide this information to the school official responsible for submitting your transcript.

Must I include my national exams as well?

Yes, if available, national exam scores should be submitted along with your school transcript or grade report. These can be combined into one multi-page document for submission.

I do not have access to my school transcript or grade report, but I do have a copy of my national exams. Can I submit these instead?


Who should I ask to complete my recommendation?

The evaluation must be completed by a teacher in an academic subject who knows you well. A recommendation from a parent, sibling, family friend, or paid private tutor/counselor is NOT acceptable.

How can I submit my teacher’s recommendation?

Students applying to YYAS may NOT submit their teacher’s recommendation on the teacher’s behalf. The letter must come directly from the teacher himself/herself. Teachers should write their recommendation on school letterhead and submit it through a secure link. The link will be provided to them via email once you enter their information in the online application under the appropriate section.

Alternatively, if a teacher encounters difficulties accessing the secure link, he/she may email a letter instead directly to and we will upload it to the student’s application. If this option is chosen, please be aware that letters must be sent in PDF (.pdf) format and written on institutional letterhead with signature, if possible. Emails with recommendations copied/pasted into the text body will NOT be accepted. YYAS will also NOT accept letters that come directly from students, to ensure confidentiality and authenticity.

The deadline is approaching and my teacher still has not received the secure link to write their recommendation. What should I do?

Please make sure your teacher’s email and contact information is correct and up-to-date before sending them a request and entering their information into the application form. If they do not receive an email, try sending them another reminder via the online system. If they still do not see the link, or cannot access the form, please contact us to have the links resent, or have them email us directly at

I’ve finished my application! What’s next?

Once you complete all components of the online application form, be sure to hit “Submit,” otherwise your application will not be entered into our system or considered. Afterwards, make sure to check the “Application Status” to confirm your application is complete and that you are not missing any materials, such as your transcript or recommendation letter.

YYAS is NOT responsible for late or incomplete applications, or for applications that are finished but not officially submitted.

How do I check to see if my application is complete?

You may check your application status online by logging into your application. Materials, such as your transcript and letter of recommendation, that are still missing from your application will have a red “X” and “Awaiting” message next to the item name. If you are having technical difficulties, or are unable to see whether your application is complete or not, you may email us at