Mandela Washington Fellowship

Mandela Washington Fellowship

In the summer of 2023, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders will provide approximately 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a United States college or university with support for professional development after they return home. It is the flagship programme of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).




13 Sep 2022


Academic and Leadership Institutes
Each Mandela Washington Fellow takes part in a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management.

Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit
Following the academic component of the Fellowship, the Fellows visit Washington, D.C., for a Summit featuring networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Professional Development Experience
Fellows may apply for the opportunity to work with private, public, and non-profit organisations for up to six weeks, either immediately following the Summit during their Fellowship or as Alumni. Both Fellows and Hosts benefit from discussing shared issues and challenges in their sectors, broadening their perspectives, and positioning U.S. organisations for international engagement.

Opportunities for Alumni
Fellows continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the U.S. through access to ongoing professional development, networking, and collaboration opportunities with support from the U.S. Department of State and affiliated partners.

Virtual Programming
The Fellowship leverages stakeholder expertise to deliver a suite of virtual programming for the Fellowship Network to support their continued leadership development and strengthen their access to networks and resources.


August 16, 2022: Applications Open
November 2022 - January 2023: Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
March 2023: Applicants are notified of their status
May 2023: Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for Finalists
June 2023: Fellowship begins in the United States


United States

Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).


Credit: Mandela Washington Fellowship 

Date Added: 17 Aug 2022

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