Yale Global Scholars

Applications for Yale’s Global Scholars Program are available now at globalscholars.yale.edu and are due by February 26. Need-based scholarships are available.

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is designed to challenge top performing high school students with fast-paced, university-level material. Prior to arriving at Yale, students are required to do several hundred pages of preparatory reading and during the program will spend the majority of each day in lectures, seminars, and small-group discussions. Participants also complete a major writing and presentation assignment in which they are asked to collaborate with a team of students. The academic work in the program is intense and each session covers a wide variety of material in two weeks.

A student in the program must have:

  • excellent academic record
  • demonstrated leadership potential
  • strong written and verbal communication skills
  • desire and ability to work cooperatively with peers
  • good work ethic
  • ability to read, analyze, and reflect on large quantities of difficult material in English
  • high standard of personal and professional conduct

Students must also be mature and able to engage respectfully and civilly in discussions over controversial intellectual, moral, and political issues.

Applicants to the program must have some high school to complete after they attend the program, and we accept applications from current high school sophomores or juniors only (or international equivalents, usually 16 or 17 years of age). YYGS does not accept applications from current middle school students (US grade 8) or current freshman (US grade 9), or from students who are under 15 years old. The program also does not accept applications from students who are current high school seniors (US grade 12), high school graduates, or college/university students.

Students who participate in the program often go on to attend very selective colleges and universities, including Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Oxford, UC Berkeley, and University of Chicago.