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  • Thabiso Mnisi



Yale Young Global Scholars is an unparalleled academic and leadership program for high school students from around the world, held  at Yale University, and founded on the tenets of liberal arts, renowned for its diverse and inclusive community, and committed to increasing education access.

Yale Young Global Scholars empowers the next generation of leaders by building a global community and designing interdisciplinary programs that foster intellectual curiosity, deepen understanding and inspire creative action across all borders.


Yale Young Global Scholars emphasizes an open, exploratory, and collaborative approach to learning. Our program is designed to allow students to experience learning in a variety of different university contexts, from large lectures to small seminars, and even the spontaneous learning that happens in dining halls and around campus.

The Core Curriculum ties together all YYGS sessions and is the foundation of the academic program at YYGS. Students work with a different group of peers within different learning contexts, which allows for a wide range of peer-to-peer interaction within each session. These learning contexts include:

  1. Lectures and seminars by Yale professors in: Applied Science and Engineering, Biological and Biomedical Engineering, Literature Philosophy and Culture, Politics Law and Economics, and Solving Global Challenges

  2. Capstone project in  an area of interest, under the mentorship of YYGS instructional staff

  3. Breakout sessions and family time with fellow cohort students.


  1. Be at least 16 years old by July 19, 2020 (first day of Session III).

  2. Be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English

  3. Be a current high school sophomore or junior (or international equivalent i.e. Form 3 and

  4. Be graduating in May/June 2021 or 2022 from the Northern Hemisphere, or in Nov./Dec. 2020 or 2021 from the Southern Hemisphere.

  5. Be a first-time participant in YYGS. If you have participated in any YYGS session during a previous summer (e.g., 2019, 2018), then you are not eligible to participate during YYGS 2020.

  6. Please note: If you previously applied to YYGS but were not offered admission or were unable to attend AND you meet the eligibility criteria noted above, then you are encouraged to re-apply for YYGS 2020.


YYGS costs $6300. Thanks to generous donors, YYGS is able to offer a limited number of Scholarships, which are Need-Based Financial Aid packages that cover full-tuition ($6,300 USD) and travel costs.

In order to be considered for one of these scholarships (below), you MUST have completed the entire online YYGS Application, including the Need-Based Financial Aid portion, by January 15, 2020.

As part of reviewing your financial aid request, YYGS staff will automatically review whether or not you meet any of our 2020 scholarships’ eligibility requirements, and contact you when decisions are released by mid-March (learn more about Early Action deadlines).

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