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2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted July 29, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on August 31, 2021
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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.

Fellowship Components:
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.

Utilize This Offer

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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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jul 29
Jul 29

Friendly reminders:
1. Find and analyze open and closed calls that interest you. Try to discover:
• what they have in common, and
• how you can think ahead / plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Gather or update paperwork (certificates, attests, statements, resumes, etc.) and information usually required by calls such this one;
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start NOW!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resource section.
Best regards,
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Jul 30
Jul 30

Thanks, Ana.