20230819 231631 0000 - Apply Now for Yali 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship: An Opportunity for Young African Leaders

Apply Now for Yali 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship: An Opportunity for Young African Leaders


Introduction to Yali 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Yali Network and Irex have called for applications for the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States in the summer of 2024 for a comprehensive executive-style program that is designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead in their respective sectors and communities.

The Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity to;

  • Participate in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university to share your experiences with and learn from U.S. citizens and other Fellows.
  • Participate in a Summit with young African leaders.
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants should be between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered
  • Applicants should not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Applicants should be eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa
  • Applicants should not be employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. embassy or consulate, USAID, or other U.S. Government entity)
  • Applicants should be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English (additional guidance will come for applicants who are deaf)
  • Applicants should citizens of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, 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, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe
  • Applicants should be residents of one of the above listed countries
  • Applicants should not be an Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Fully Funded
  • Networking
  • Explore industries beyond your daily work and expand your expertise.
  • Participate in a Summit with young African leaders.
  • Meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should proceed to read the full details about the program on the official announcement page before proceeding to the application page. Please note that the application closing date is slated for September 12, 2023.

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