Program Overview

The Yale Young African Scholars Program (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 from local organizations and U.S. university students who will help advise them throughout the university application process.

There is no cost to students to participate in the YYAS ProgramRoom 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. 

YYAS 2018 will take place from:
29 July - 7 August in Kigali, Rwanda

and 11 - 20 August in Accra, Ghana

Interested applicants can check program eligibility here.

Learn more about previous programs:

2017 program in Ghana, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe >>
2016 program in Rwanda, Ghana, and Zimbabwe >>
2015 program in Rwanda and Zimbabwe >>
2014 program in Ghana and Ethiopia >>