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The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. We encourage all potential applicants to begin and complete their applications as soon as possible to ensure all materials are submitted by the deadline.

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The application fee for 2017 is $55, and can be payable online after the application was submitted.

YYGS will waive the application fee if it would constitute a significant financial burden for the student’s family. The application fee waiver form must be submitted with the scholarship portion of your application.

Applicants will be notified electronically of admissions decisions by late March or early April.

YYGS reviews all applications holistically. Our staff understands that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and with different educational and extracurricular opportunities. As a result, the essays and letters of recommendation are the most important parts of the application.

The YYGS application requires:

  • resume / activity list

  • official school transcript

  • two letters of recommendation

  • unofficial standardized test scores, if available (these are not required)

  • one 500 word essay and two 200 word responses


The YYGS program is open to students, typically between the ages of 15 and 17, who have one or two years of high school to complete after they attend the program. Applicants must be in US Grade 10 or US Grade 11 (or the international equivalent) at the time of application. YYGS accepts applicants from ALL countries.

For 2017 YYGS, eligible applicants will graduate high school in May /June 2018 or May /June 2019.

Since students in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g. Latin America or Australia) operate on a January-December school calendar schedule, they may apply during their senior year of high school. Eligible applicants from these areas will graduate secondary school in December 2017 or December 2018.


Yale University’s Nondiscrimination/Title IX Statements

The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

University policy is committed to affirmative action under law in employment of women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

Inquiries concerning these policies may be referred to Valarie Stanley, Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, 221 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor, 203.432.0849. For additional information, see www.yale.edu/equalopportunity.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Stephanie Spangler, at 203.432.4446 or at titleix@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921; tel. 617.289.0111, fax 617.289.0150, TDD 800.877.8339, or ocr.boston@ed.gov.