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Apply For The YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2023 for Young African Leaders


The Mandela Washington Fellowships for Young African Leaders empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellowship will provide up to 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home. The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.


The Mandela Washington Fellowship Will cover the following;

  • J-1 visa support;

  • Round-trip travel from Fellow’s home city to the U.S. and domestic U.S. travel as required by the program;

  • A six-week academic and leadership institute;

  • Concluding Summit in Washington, DC;

  • Accident and sickness benefit plan; Housing and meals during the program; and

  • An optional six-week Professional Development Experience


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 considered;

  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States; and are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;

  • Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government;

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

  • Are not Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Please note that Fellows are not allowed to have dependents, including spouses and children, accompany them during the Fellowship.

Application Deadline: September 13th, 2022

For more information click here


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