Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) 2024 Program for International School Students in the U.S.

Short Program Training in Art and Humanities , in Business and Law , in Education and Languages , in Natural Science , in Social Science
  • United States, United States
  • Apply Before : January 10, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 70125
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement TOEFLDuolingo
  • Fields of study Different
  • Opportunity Type : Fully FundedSelf Funded
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required Yes

Opportunity Description

The 2024 Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) application period is currently open for outstanding high school students worldwide. The Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) brings together high school students from all over the world to foster debates on cutting-edge scholarly subjects. Participants select a session based on their academic interests and connect with international peers who share their interests.

Students from more than 150 nations, including all 50 U.S. states, take part in a two-week interdisciplinary session at Yale’s historic campus every summer. Join Yale University‘s worldwide learning community and immerse yourself there. Join YYGS to engage with Yale faculty and staff and learn from peers from across the world about global perspectives.

Sessions in the humanities, social sciences, STEM, and a cross-disciplinary program that combines all of the aforementioned are available at YYGS.

Key Details

Residential Sessions: June, July, and August 2024

Application Deadline: January 10, 2024

Host Institution: Yale University

Open to: International Students

Session Offerings:

Session I: Residential (June 23-July 5, 2024)

  • Innovations in Science & Technology (IST I)
  • Literature, Philosophy & Culture (LPC I)
  • Politics, Law, & Economics (PLE I)
  • Solving Global Challenges (SGC I)

Session II: Residential (July 7 – July 19, 2024)

  • Innovations in Science & Technology (IST II)
  • Literature, Philosophy & Culture (LPC II)
  • Politics, Law, & Economics (PLE II)
  • Solving Global Challenges (SGC II)

Session III: Residential (July 21 – Aug 2, 2024)

  • Innovations in Science & Technology (IST III)
  • Literature, Philosophy & Culture (LPC III)
  • Politics, Law, & Economics (PLE III)
  • Solving Global Challenges (SGC III)

Scholarship 2024

YYGS is able to provide a limited number of Scholarships, which are Need-Based Financial Aid packages that cover full tuition and travel.

There are only a limited number of scholarships available each year, the majority of students who apply for need-based financial aid obtain significant tuition discounts and subsequently fundraise to cover any extra fees (including all travel costs).

To be eligible for one of these scholarships (listed below), you must have completed the whole online YYGS Application, including the Need-Based Financial Aid section, by January 10, 2024.

  • Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Alumni Scholarship: Selected students who completed the YYAS program in any summer previous to 2024 will be given Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) Alumni Scholarships. All of the 2024 YYGS sessions are free for students to attend, the scholarship also pays for their travel expenses.
  • Young Leaders (YL) Scholarship: Selected students in the United States and abroad who self-identify as at least ONE of the following will be given YL Scholarships:
    • Black or African American (including Africa & the Caribbean)
    • Hispanic or Latino/Latina/Latinx
    • Members of Indigenous peoples, nations, &/or communities
    • Refugees: A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee his or her home country due to persecution, war, or violence. A refugee is someone who is afraid of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, or membership in a particular social group.
      • The YL scholarship pays for students’ full tuition and travel expenses to any of the YYGS sessions offered in 2024.

Eligibility Criteria of the Yale Young Global Scholars

All applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Students from ALL nations are eligible to apply for need-based financial aid through YYGS, which accepts applications from ALL nations.
  • By the start of Session III on July 21, 2024, you must be at least 16 -18 years old.
  • Have the ability to engage in a demanding academic program conducted in English.
  • Be a current sophomore or junior in high school (or its international equivalent).
  • Be graduating in the Northern Hemisphere in May/June 2025 or 2026, or in the Southern Hemisphere in November/December 2024 or 2025.
  • Be a first-time participant in YYGS; you are not eligible to participate in YYGS 2024 if you participated in a YYGS session during a previous summer (2023 and earlier).
  • Please keep in mind that if you previously applied to YYGS but were not admitted or were unable to attend AND you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above, you are encouraged to reapply for YYGS 2024.

Evaluation Criteria

YYGS reviews all applications on a holistic base. Since students come from different backgrounds and with different educational and extracurricular activities, the essays and letters of recommendation are the most important portion of the application.

Required Documents for the Yale Young Global Scholars

All students must submit the following documents for application:

  • List of activities
  • One 400-word essay and one 200-word response
  • Two “fast take” responses (280 characters each)
  • Official school transcript
  • One recommender (who shall complete YYGS Recommendation Forms ONLY. No written recommendation is accepted)
  • Application fee ($70 for Early Action, $85 for Regular Decision)
  • English fluency test scores (TOEFL or DuoLingo) is optional.
  • Filling need-based financial aid form is also optional, but those in need must complete that.
  • The application fee must be paid online directly after submission of the application, and the application fee is non-refundable.

How to Apply for the Yale Young Global Scholars?

The application for YYGS Summer Program is online. Therefore, you may complete and submit the online application.

Before submitting the application, complete some steps as below:

  • Review the eligibility requirements and application components above.
  • Go over a PDF of a sample blank application and start preparing to answer questions.
  • You will need to submit contact details for a parent/guardian, teacher, and/or official at your school. Reach out to them as soon as possible to be sure to collect the right information you need, and
  • Finally, start, complete, and submit your application and review it wholly to make sure there are no missing components.


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Note: Please review the Application Guide page.

Application Fee Waiver:

If paying the application fee would put a considerable financial strain on the student’s family, YYGS will waive it. The “Payment Options” page of the YYGS application has a link to the Fee Waiver Request Form, however it won’t show up there until after students have finished filling out the “Financial Aid” page (as it is only available for those who request need-based financial aid). Students who request a fee waiver must have a school representative sign the application.


YYGS is hosting a LIVE webinar series on admissions, financial aid, academics, and other topics. Meet the YYGS staff, ask questions, and determine if YYGS is a good fit for you. If you are unable to attend the webinar, you can register to receive an automatic recording after it concludes.

To learn more about Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program, please visit Yale University’s website.

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