YYAS 2023 Program Dates:

YYAS Online: 30 July- 5 August 2023

YYAS Zimbabwe: 11-18 August 2023

Yale Young African Scholars(YYAS) is an intensive academic and enrichment program designed for African secondary school students who plan to pursue tertiary education and 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 program, students will be paired with mentors who will help advise them throughout the university application process.

All eligible students are encouraged to apply, however please note that our admissions committee will give preference to high-achieving, low-income (i.e. “HALI”) students who do not have university guidance in their schools or communities.

2023 Update

In 2023, YYAS will offer a residential program in addition to its online program.

As we continue to adjust back to in-person programming amid an ongoing pandemic, the residential program will be smaller than in prior years. Moreover, prospective applicants should review the costs for the residential program. Additionally, there are no costs for participation in the online program

While the YYAS program can provide free housing and academic curriculum materials for all participants during the residential program, each student will pay a program fee of 175 USD in advance to cover all meals and local operational expenses during the program. Additionally, each student must be able to pay for and coordinate their own travel to and from Zimbabwe.

Learn more about past programs:

2022 program Online>>

2021 program Online>>

2020 program Online >>

2019 program in Ghana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe >>

2018 program in Ghana and Rwanda>>

2017 program in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe >>

2016 program in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe >>

2015 program in Rwanda and Zimbabwe >>

2014 program in Ghana and Ethiopia >>