Yale Young African Scholars 2019

Yale Young African Scholars 2019

This call for entries is for the 2019 edition of the Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Programme, an intensive academic and enrichment programme designed for African secondary school students who plan to pursue tertiary education and wish to make meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent.

YYAS is the flagship programme of the Yale Africa Initiative and is designed to introduce secondary school students from all African countries to the demanding university and financial aid application processes and requirements, thereby making higher education more accessible to the continent’s most talented young leaders.




6 Feb 2019


YYAS will admit a combined total of 300 students to the Yale Young African Scholars sessions taking place in 2019. Participants will

- enhance their academic skills,
- receive university admission and financial aid application guidance,
- join a network of young leaders from across Africa, and
- receive free accommodation along with three meals a day

Following the programme, students will be paired with mentors from local organizations and American university students who will help advise them throughout the university application process.

Students will be responsible for travel expenses as well as any other incidental expenses they choose to incur.

However, students from low-income backgrounds who demonstrate financial need may apply for a limited number of travel grants offered by the programme.
The grant will cover the cost of a roundtrip plane ticket between a student’s home country and the programme location.

All participants who complete the programme will be awarded a certificate.


Yale Young African Scholars 2019 Programme will be held in three locations:

Ghana: 25 July - 1 August 2019

Kenya: 7 August - 14 August 2019

Zimbabwe: 18 August - 25 August 2019

All applicants will receive an email with their admission decision by late March/early April 2019.


Ghana   Kenya   Zimbabwe

Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).

Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.


Credit: Yale Young African Scholars 2019 

Date Added: 29 Jan 2019

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