Yale seeks young global leaders for high school summer program

Yale University is accepting applications for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program for Outstanding High School Students. The summer program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors from across the United States and around the world, who will live and study at Yale for two weeks in the summer of 2013.

The Yale Young Global Scholars program features intensive interaction with renowned Yale faculty in the fields of history, political science, law, economics, and international affairs. Unusual among summer programs, need-based financial aid is available to both American and international students. Yale Young Global Scholars builds on the successful Ivy Scholars summer program that Yale has offered for the last 12 years.

“Yale educates global leaders in our undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools,” said University Vice President Linda Lorimer, who oversees Yale’s Office of International Affairs, which administers the program. “Now, with the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, we are extending leadership training to outstanding high school students. This is a wonderful opportunity for talented young people from around the world to develop their abilities to think critically, speak powerfully, and write persuasively about some of the most important issues of our time.”

Students may apply to either one or both of the two-week summer sessions offered: “Studies in Grand Strategy,” which focuses on strategic lessons from history and their application to contemporary international affairs; and “Politics, Law, and Economics,” which focuses on great ideas and thinkers in the American intellectual tradition. Both sessions feature lectures and seminars by renowned Yale faulty and accomplished practitioners in their respective fields. Lecturers have included Yale professors Akhil Reed Amar, John Lewis Gaddis, Paul Kennedy, Anthony Kronman, William Nordhaus, Ian Shapiro, and Steven Smith, among many others.

Students live together in Yale’s residential colleges, eat at Yale’s dining halls, and take advantage of Yale’s library and online resources, all of which combine to give students a comprehensive introduction to life at Yale. Because the student-to-faculty ratio is only 6:1, students will enjoy an extraordinary level of attention, note the organizers.

To cement the classroom learning, the Yale Young Global Scholars program also features several interactive activities. For example, students in the “Studies in Grand Strategy” program can participate in an international crisis and negotiation exercise, or research and present a team policy proposal to a group of faculty members simulating the United Nations Security Council. In the “Politics, Law, and Economics” program, students might write and present a political campaign speech, publicly defend a legal opinion, or engage in a Constitutional Convention deliberation.

“We are looking for the best and brightest high school students, from every country, who relish the idea of working together to better understand 21st-century global challenges,” said program director Ted Wittenstein. “If this is you, we encourage you to apply, even if you need financial assistance in order to participate.”

For further information and application details, visit the program website at http://globalscholars.yale.edu.