The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Fellowship.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.
1. Leadership Institutes: six-week Leadership Institutes, studying Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management hosted by U.S. colleges or universities.
2. Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they forge connections with one another and U.S. leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, setting the stage for long-term engagement between the United States and Africa.
3. Professional Development Experiences (PDEs): up to 100 competitively-selected Fellows work with private, public, and non-profit organizations for six weeks.
4. Reciprocal Exchanges: U.S. citizens have the opportunity to apply to travel to Africa to collaborate on projects with Fellows, building upon connections initiated during the program.
5. Opportunities for Alumni Fellowship to continue to build the skills and connections developed during the program.
6. Virtual Programming for selected candidates and Fellowship Alumni to support their continued leadership development and strengthen their access to networks and resources.
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The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:
1. Are between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered.
2. Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
3. Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English (applicants who are deaf should refer to the English Language instructions on the Resources page).
4. Fellows must have:
a) A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in business, civic engagement, or public service;
b) A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
c) The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and to respect the opinions of others;
d) Strong social and communication skills;
e) An energetic, positive attitude;
f) A demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector / track;
g) A commitment to apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and / or community afterwards.
Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Applications Deadline: 1-Sep-21.
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