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

Applications for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship are closed.

For more information about next steps in the application process, applicants can access the timeline 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, Twitter, and Instagram.

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