Yale Young African Scholars United States


The Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Program was conceived in 2013 by a group of African undergraduate and graduate students at Yale University. Their goal was to share their knowledge and experience of studying in the U.S. with some of the continent’s most talented secondary school students, and to help them prepare for the demanding university application process. Dr. Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Director of the MacMillan Center, as co-director of the Yale Africa Initiative, immediately embraced the project. The MacMillan Center’s support was instrumental in bringing YYAS to fruition.


Name of Primary Programme
Yale Young African Scholars
Numbers of programme participants annually
25 - 250
Organisation website
Programme Type
Leadership Impact Platform
Region from which participants are selected
West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa
Programme Contact email
Programme Funders
African country or countries of programme delivery
Ghana, Rwanda
Country of operation
United States
Philanthropic funders
The Whitney and Betty Macmillan center for international and area studies
Region of programme delivery
Sub-Saharan Africa
Organisation Name
Yale Young African Scholars
Programme Start Date
Are programmes continuing?

Leadership organisation location

New Haven, CT 06520, USA
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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.