Required Components

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.

YYGS Application - Required Components:

  • Activities list
  • One 500-word essay and two 200-word responses
  • Official school transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial standardized test scores, if available (submit or waive)
  • Need-based financial aid (submit or waive)
  • $60 application fee
  • You must click the Finalize & Pay button on the “Review” page for your application to be considered.

The application fee is payable online at the time of submission. Application fees may be paid by credit or debit card through the payment gateway, accessible from the applicant’s Application Status page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The payment gateway will also accept eChecks (preferred method for U.S. participants). We can also accept wire or bank transfers IF the above options do not work for you. If you need to send a wire or bank transfer, please refer to these wire instructions. After you complete the transfer, you MUST email the receipt to global.scholars@yale.edu with subject line “Wire transfer receipt attached (ref#{{ref}})”. It is imperative that we keep track of all applicants who pay via wire transfer so our business office can associate the fee payment with the correct application. 

YYGS will waive the application fee if it would constitute a significant financial burden for the student’s family. The 2019 Application Fee Waiver Form must be submitted with the financial aid portion of your application.