The Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme 2019

Programme Overview

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. 

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The Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring
up to 700 young leaders to the United States in the summer of 2020 for a
comprehensive executive-style program that is designed to build skills and
empower Fellows to lead in their respective sectors and communities.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants will not be discriminated against
on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status,
disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to
young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

Are between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before
the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be

Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents
of the United States;

Are eligible to receive a United States J-1

Are not employees or immediate family members
of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. embassy or consulate,
USAID, and other U.S. Government entities);

Are proficient in reading, writing, and
speaking English (applicants who are deaf should refer to the English Language
instructions on the Resources page);

Are citizens and residents of eligible
countries (to be announced); and

Are not Alumni of the Mandela Washington

Benefits of the programme:

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

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.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to
evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

A proven record of leadership and
accomplishment in business, civic engagement, or public service;

A demonstrated commitment to public or
community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;

The ability to work cooperatively in diverse
groups and to respect the opinions of others;

Strong social and communication skills;

An energetic, positive attitude;

A demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and
professional experience in the preferred sector/track; and

A commitment to return to Africa and apply
leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or
community after they return home.

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

Method of Application

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Application Deadline: October 9, 2019

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