In 2014, the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) started the flagship program Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Since its establishment, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Africa has participated in the Fellowship program. Now, again for the session of 2020, the YALI invites application for the fully funded Mandela Washington Fellowship.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship provides expansive opportunities for African leaders in their personality development, while also empowering young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The fellows are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries.
With the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, YALI aims to invest in new generation of young African leaders shaping the future of the continent. Further, the fellowship program:
In order to accomplish its goals, the fellowship program superimposes several coherent components that ensures nurturing the young leaders.
Each year, the Fellows participate in six-week Leadership Institutes, studying Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management at U.S. colleges or universities. During their time on campus, Fellows connect with Americans and enrich local U.S. communities while sharing best practices.
Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit:
After the Institutes, Fellows convene for a multi-day Summit in Washington, D.C., where they forge connections with one another and U.S. leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, setting the stage for long-term engagement between the United States and Africa.
Professional Development Experiences
Following the Summit, a group of competitively-selected Fellows remains in the United States for four weeks to work with private, public, and non-profit organizations. Both Fellows and Hosts benefit from discussing shared issues and challenges in their sectors, broadening their perspectives, and positioning U.S. organizations for international engagement.
Americans have the opportunity to apply to travel to Africa to collaborate on projects with Fellows, building upon connections initiated during the fellowship in the United States. These partnerships and professional connections are intended to form lasting relationships, expand markets and networks, and increase mutual understanding.
Opportunities for Alumni
Upon returning home, Fellows continue to build on the skills and connections developed during their time in the United States through access to ongoing professional development, networking, and collaboration opportunities with support from the U.S. Department of State and affiliated partners
The YALI initiative is a funded program by the US Government. Hence, the fellows will receive fully funded opportunity to attend the Mandela Washington 2020 Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This include the fellows being sponsored by the US Government. Further, the fellows will have unparalleled experience in:
The candidates who are eligible for the Fellowship in the United States have an excellent background demonstrating positive social impact in their communities. Moreover, this is an opportunity for young African Leaders to grow their reach as well as initiate a longlasting partnership with the American counterpart. Hence, a fellow should have a profile that fits the following description:
The selection committee will select the candidates on the basis of
Candidates should complete the online 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship form to apply for the program. Only online application is accepted. While filling up the form, candidates must answer all the questions in the application. All the answers must be unplagiarized and written English.
The deadline to submit the application for the 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is on 9 October 2019. Applications arriving after the deadline are not valid.