Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Begun in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In summer 2018, the Fellowship will host up to 700 young African leaders.

Fellows will travel to U.S. university and college campuses for six-week Academic and Leadership Institutes in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management. For more details on the sector tracks, please review the application instructions.

The intensive Institute model includes linkages between academic sessions, leadership development, site visits, community service, networking, and organized cultural and civic activities. Fellows will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and the Institutes will take place from mid-June to late July 2018. The Institutes will culminate in a high-level, three-day Summit in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, up to 100 competitively-selected Fellows will remain in the United States to participate in individually tailored six-week professional development experiences (PDE) at private companies, civil society organizations, or public-sector agencies. The PDE offers Fellows practical training and the opportunity to learn transferable skills, expand their professional networks, and apply concepts learned at the Institutes to real-world situations.

Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows will continue to build their leadership skills through support from U.S. embassies, USAID, and affiliated partners through networking opportunities, ongoing professional development, and mentoring.