Apply Now for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship (Application opens October 1 – November 11, 2015)
What is the Mandela Washington Fellowship?
The fellowship begins with six weeks of academic and leadership training at a U.S. university or college in one of three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management. Then, Fellows visit Washington, D.C., for a Presidential summit featuring a town hall with President Obama. During the three-day event, Fellows take part in networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Who is eligible to apply?
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered
- Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
- Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa
- Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English
- Are citizens and residents of Djibouti
What are the criteria for selection?
- A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement
- A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship
- The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others
- Strong social and communication skills
- An energetic, positive attitude
- Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected
- A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home
*Women and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply!*
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