Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI 2016)

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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