The Dear Tanzania Secondary School Students, Yale Young African Scholars Program (YYAS) is an initiative modeled off of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. This program is intended solely for African students attending secondary school on the African continent.
The 2015 Yale Young African Scholars programs will be hosted by Yale University in two locations:
Rwanda: August 11 – 16
Zimbabwe: August 20 – 25
The Yale Young African Scholars Program is a high-intensity six-day program designed for African students who will graduate from secondary school in 2017 or 2018, are 18 years or younger at the time of the program, and have the talent, drive, energy, and ideas to make meaningful impacts as young leaders, even before they begin their university studies. The Yale Young African Scholars Program is an official program of Yale University.
There is no cost to students to participate in the Yale Young African Scholars Program.
Participants are, however, responsible for getting themselves to the venue at the outset of the program and their return home at the end of the program. Participants will also be responsible for any incidental expenses they elect to incur. Admitted students demonstrating financial need may apply for a limited number of travel assistance grants, intended to help defray the cost of international travel between African countries. Students can only apply for travel assistance after
they have received an offer of admission to YYAS.
The programs will help students recognize and understand global issues, strategize responses, and innovate solutions while learning from Yale faculty and African undergraduate and graduate students who currently attend Yale. Students will participate in a lecture series and a number of elective seminars on a variety of topics. The demanding academic content is designed to improve students’ analytical thinking, intellectual flexibility, and written and oral communication skills. These skills will be further utilized in small workshops designed to prepare students for the demanding application processes of U.S. colleges and universities.On-site accommodation is mandatory, and will be provided for all students, along with three meals a day. There is no cost for students to participate in the program.For information on the inaugural sessions in Ghana and Ethiopia, click here >>
Browse past speaker lists for Ghana
See photos from the 2014 program >>
The Yale Young African Scholars Program is a selective program for high achieving African students entering their penultimate (second to last) year of secondary school. Successful applicants will demonstrate high academic achievement leadership potential, and strong interests in the program content, in addition to pursuing an undergraduate degree in the United States. Applicants should also be able and willing to work openly and effectively with peers. All applications will be reviewed holistically, and there are no minimum grade or standardized exam score requirements. However, a high level of English proficiency will be expected.Required application components include:
*All components must be submitted by 26 February 2015.
Click here for the YYAS online application
- Completed application form - The application can be found online and must be filled out by the applicant.
- One teacher recommendation letter - The recommendation letter must be written and submitted by a teacher through a link that will be provided via email. Alternatively, the teacher may email the letter to [email protected] and we will upload it to the student’s application. Applicants should ask a teacher at their school who knows them well and has taught them in an academic subject to write the recommendation letter.
- Applicant’s official transcript - The student may upload their own transcript to their application. A student transcript is an official document provided by the school and includes the applicant’s list of courses and grades received.