Apply now | The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

 Be part of the next generation of African Leaders

About the Fellowship:

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 Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries.

Fellowship Components

Participate in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university to share your experiences with and to learn from Americans and other Fellows.

Explore industries beyond your daily work and expand your expertise

Attend a Summit with young African leaders in Washington, D.C.

Meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders.

Strengthen your work through new connections, skills, and ideas

Join a continental and global Alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

Application and Selection Process

Click here for eligibility criteria.

Application Timeline

September 12, 2019 | Application opens

October 9, 2019 | Application deadline

December 2019 – February 2020 | Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates

Late March 2020 | Applicants are notified of their status

May 2020 | Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for Finalists

Mid-June 2020 | Fellowship begins in the United States

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Apply by October 9 to join the next cohort of young African leaders

Learn more here.