Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Eligibility & Application

Program Eligibility Details

The Mandela Washington Fellowship selection process is a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by independent readers. Following this review, chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If advanced to the semi-finalist round, applicants must provide a copy of their international passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification at the time of the interview.

Independent readers will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  1. A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in business, civic engagement, or public service;
  2. A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  3. The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and to respect the opinions of others;
  4. Strong social and communication skills;
  5. An energetic, positive attitude;
  6. A demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector/track; and
  7. 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

Each year the Mandela Washington Fellowship application opens from mid-September to mid-October. For more information about the application process, applicants should visit the website here.

For more information about the Fellowship, please visit the U.S. Department of State's Mandela Washington Fellowship website.

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