Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Eligibility & Application

Program Eligibility Details

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home country.

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):
  • 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;
  • A demonstrated knowledge, interest, and professional experience in the sector/track selected; and
  • 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

 

Program Application Details

Applications for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship are open from September 13, 2017, through October 11, 2017. 

Applicants can access the application and instructions here! 
 
For more information about the Fellowship, please visit the U.S. Department of State's Young African Leaders Initiative, our implementing partner IREX, or join the community on Facebook.

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