Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship

The Next Generation of Philatelic Leaders

Applications for the YPLF Class of 2025 will be accepted beginning February 15, 2024. Application deadline is May 15, 2024.

The YPLF program connects young stamp collectors between the ages of 16 and 24 with knowledgeable philatelic leaders and access to unique learning experiences.

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What is YPLF?

The Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship program was founded by the American Philatelic Society in 2009 to identify and support the best and brightest aspiring philatelists. The program coordinates and funds transportation to, lodging during, and activities at; APS national shows, and APS Summer Seminar on Philately held at the American Philatelic Center, for enthusiastic young collectors between the ages of 16 and 24. Additionally, YPLF connects participating Fellows with seasoned collectors, exhibitors, writers, researchers and dealers to expand their perspectives and exposure in the philatelic world. 
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Who can apply?

All young adult philatelists between the ages of 16 and 24 are eligible for the YPLF Program. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age but may not be older than 24 as of August 1st of the application year. YPLF Class activities begin in August of the application year and run through the following August.

How do I apply?

Applications for the YPLF Class of 2025 will be accepted starting February 15, 2024 and due by May 15, 2024.  

Application Form |

Application Directions & Checklist |

Letter of Recommendation |

I know someone who would be a great Fellow, how can I recommend them?

If you know a young adult philatelist between the ages of 16 – 24 that you believe would be interested in hearing more about the program, recommend them by emailing [email protected].

What is the cost of the program?

Travel, lodging, and meal expenses for each Fellow are paid by the American Philatelic Society to enable Fellows to attend YPLF activities at no cost to them. Members of the Society donate funds to the YPLF program and without their generous support; the program would not be possible.



Young Stamp Collectors of America

A Virtual Stamp Club for Young Collectors

Young Stamp Collectors of America (YSCA) is a division of the American Philatelic Society created to promote the hobby of stamp collecting to young people between the ages of 6 – 17.

The YSCA program has been put on hold. Those signed up for 2023/2024 will be refunded and we will advise future plans.

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