Application Deadline: September 12, 2023
Applications are invited from suitably qualified young African leaders for the YALI 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship which is taking place in the United States of America. The fellowship will also see the fellows participate in a summit with young African leaders, meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders.
The YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States in the summer of 2024 for a comprehensive executive-style program designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead in their respective fields and communities.
Fellowship Sponsor(s): U.S. Government
Host Institution(s): Not specified
Number of Awards: Several
Study Level: All study levels
Duration: 6 weeks
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The Fellowship presents an opportunity for successful fellows to participate in a six-week leadership institute at a U.S. college or university to share your experiences with and learn from U.S. citizens and other Fellows. Fellows will also explore industries beyond their daily work and also expand their expertise.
To be considered for the YALI 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Are between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered;
- Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
- Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;
- Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. embassy or consulate, USAID, or other U.S. Government entity);
- Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English (additional guidance coming for applicants who are deaf);
- Are citizens of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe;
- Are residents of one of the above countries; and
- Are not Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
- A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in business or entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and/or public/government service;
- A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
- The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and to respect the opinions of others;
- Strong social and communication skills;
- An energetic, positive, and flexible attitude;
- A demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector/Fellowship track and concrete goals for applying lessons knowledge and skills gained from the Fellowship to current and/or future work; and
- A commitment to return to Sub-Saharan Africa and contribute skills and talents to build and serve their communities.
How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the YALI 2024 Fellowship are to complete an online application and submit all the required documents by the application deadline.