The deadline to apply is January 31 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 formmust 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


Frontiers of Math & Science (FMS)
June 19 – July 2, 2017

For students interested in exploring cutting-edge developments in the physical sciences and mathematics.

Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship (SDSE)
June 19 – July 2, 2017

For students who are interested in exploring innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges facing our people and the planet.

Applied Science & Engineering (ASE)
July 9 – July 22, 2017

For students who want to explore the application of physical & computer sciences and engineering.

International Affairs & Security (IAS)
July 9 – July 22, 2017

For students with interests in international relations and security and learning historical lessons about leadership.

Politics, Law, & Economics (PLE)
July 27 – August 9, 2017

For students with interests in understanding American legal principles, economic ideas, and values and practices of government in historical and comparative perspectives.

Biological & Biomedical Science (BBS)
July 27 – August 9, 2017

For students who want to delve deeper in the study and application of life sciences.


Our Vision:

An unparalleled academic and leadership program at Yale and abroad,
Founded on the tenets of liberal arts,
Renowned for its diverse and inclusive community, and
Committed to increasing education access.

Our History:

The Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Program was founded in 2001 as a small pre-collegiate summer program under the name Ivy Scholars.

In 2013, YYGS admitted 310 students to the Politics, Law, & Economics session and Studies in Grand Strategy session. In summer 2014, the Science, Policy, & Innovation session was added to the mix and the program expanded to accommodate 600 participants. Summer 2016, due to overwhelming interest in STEM subjects and entrepreneurship, ran six distinct sessions, four were science and entrepreneurship focused and two were the flagship sessions – Politics, Law & Economics session and International Affairs & Security session. Building off the success of 2016, YYGS is offering six sessions with two new focuses in 2017: The Frontiers of Math & Science session and Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship.

The 2012 name change from Ivy Scholars to Young Global Scholars reflects the program’s continuing mission to educate increasing numbers of international students and to expose students from the United States and abroad to global issues, international affairs, American government in comparative perspective, and policy leadership. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, participants represented all 50 states and over 100 countries. Countries represented included China, Brazil, Turkey, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Mexico, as well as Myanmar, Tunisia, Kenya, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Poland, Afghanistan, and many more.

Yale University directly administers the program through the Yale Office of International Affairs. The members of the program leadership team are all employees of the university and most of our instructional support staff are Yale affiliates, including current Yale undergraduates, recent Yale College graduates, and Yale graduate students. Those few who are not Yale degree holders have backgrounds at schools like Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and Brown University.

The program is highly selective and gives students an unforgettable summer experience. To give students room to flourish in a new learning environment and to explore new academic interests, YYGS does not offer course credit, nor do students receive any quantitative evaluation during or after the program.