African leaders under 30 will receive the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship
Young individuals are empowered through the Mandela Washington Fellowships for Young African Leaders through academic study, leadership development, and networking. The Fellowship will give up to 700 exceptional young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa the chance to develop their abilities at a college or institution in the United States while receiving support for their professional growth after they return home.
The Fellows, who range in age from 25 to 35, have demonstrated success in fostering innovation and constructive change within their enterprises, institutions, communities, and nations.
Concerning the Mandela Washington Fellowships
The Young African Leaders Initiative of the United States government's main program is the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI). Since 2014, the Fellowship has welcomed approximately 4,400 young leaders from every nation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Fellows, who range in age from 25 to 35, are outstanding leaders with a track record of encouraging innovation and making a positive difference in their communities and nations. The Fellows take part in six-week Leadership Institutes every year while attending American schools or universities to study business, civic engagement, or public management.
The purpose and advantages of the Mandela Washington Fellowship
Application to the Mandela Washington Fellowship is free. In the event that you are chosen for the Fellowship, the US government will pay for every participant expense. The U.S. government will make the following financial provisions:
J-1 visa assistance; round-trip airfare from the fellow's city to the U.S. and any domestic travel necessary for the program;
Housing and meals during the program, a six-week academic and leadership institute, a closing summit in Washington, DC, an accident and illness insurance plan, and an optional six-week professional development experience are all included (for up to 100 Fellows).
Please be aware that the Fellowship does not include money for personal expenses like gifts or pay while Fellows are away from their jobs.
Mandela Additionally, Washington Fellows will access to chances for continued professional growth, mentoring, networking, and training, as well as support for their projects, ventures, and organizations.
Qualifications for the Mandela Washington Fellowship
There shall be no discrimination against applicants based on their race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic background, or gender identity. Young African leaders who fit the following qualifications are eligible for the Mandela Washington Fellowship:
are between the ages of 25 and 35 as of the application deadline, while exceptional candidates between the ages of 21 and 24 will also be taken into consideration;
neither permanent residents nor citizens of the United States;
are qualified to obtain a J-1 visa for the United States;
are not employed by the United States Government (including a U.S. embassy or consulate, USAID, and other U.S. Government entities) or the immediate family of employees of the U.S. Government;
are capable of reading, writing, and speaking English (deaf applicants should refer to the directions for learning English on the Resources page);
Are citizens of one of the following nations: 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, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea or Zimbabwe; Are citizens of one of the aforementioned nations; and Are not Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni.
Please be aware that during the Fellowship, Fellows are not permitted to bring along their spouses or children. All information in the application may be subject to verification by the U.S. Department of State and IREX. The application shall be immediately deemed void and the applicant disqualified in the event of a discrepancy or if information is discovered to be fraudulent.
Date, Procedure, and Location of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Interviews
An open competition based on merit is used to choose recipients of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. A selection panel will examine each qualifying application after the deadline. Following this review, the U.S. embassies or consulates in the selected semifinalists' home countries will interview them. Candidates must present a copy of their international passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification at the time of the interview if they make it to the semi-finalist stage. The following factors—not in priority order—will be taken into consideration by selection panels when assessing applications:
Applications will be judged according to the following standards (in no particular order of importance):
a track record of success and leadership in business, community involvement, or public service;
a track record of volunteerism, mentorship, or public or community service;
the capacity to respect others' opinions and cooperate in a variety of groups;
high levels of social and communicative ability;
a vibrant, upbeat outlook;
a proven understanding of, enthusiasm for, and professional expertise in the desired field or career path; and
A promise to go back to Africa thereafter and use what they've learned about leadership to help their native nation and/or community.
How to Use
Visit the Mandela Washington Fellowship website for more information.