The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, launched in 2014 by President Obama, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2017, the Fellowship will provide up to 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills during a six-week leadership training program at a U.S. college or university in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management. Applications opened on September 21st and will close on October 26th.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:
• Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.
• Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
• Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
• Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
• Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
For further information on eligibility and section criteria please click on the link: https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/apply/
To read up on the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, click on the link: https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/
To apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship please click here (you must first register to create an account): https://yaliapp.irex.org/Logon?ReturnUrl=%2f