THE Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at U.S. colleges or universities in 2018.
Each candidate will take part in a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management.
The Fellows, who will be aged between 25 and 35 will be people who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.
In 2017, Fellows represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Fifty-one Fellows identified as having a disability while 50 percent of Fellows were women.
The program which begun in 2014, is the flagship of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
The Fellows will visit Washington, D.C. for a Summit featuring networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors as part of the program.
Furthermore,100 selected Fellows will remain in the U.S. to participate in a six-week Professional Development Experience with non-governmental organisations, private companies, and governmental agencies that relate to their professional interests and goals.
Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows will continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the U.S. through support from U.S. embassies, four Regional Leadership Centres, the YALI Network, and customized programming from USAID, the Department of State and affiliated partners.
The APPLICATION DEADLINE is 4:00PM GMT ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2017.
Please visit yali.state.gov for more information.