Apply for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship application for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship has begun. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders begun in 2014. It is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2019, the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home. 

The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2018, Fellows represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty-five Fellows identified as having a disability, and 51 percent of Fellows were women.

2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Let us delve in details about this honourable program.

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2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program Overview & Components

U.S.-based activities

  • Leadership Institutes: Each Mandela Washington Fellow takes part in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university in one of three tracks: Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management. The intensive model includes linkages between academic sessions, site visits, professional networking opportunities, leadership training, community service, and organized cultural activities.
  • Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit: Following the academic component of the Fellowship, the Fellows visit Washington, D.C., for a Summit featuring networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
  • Professional Development Experience: Seventy selected Fellows remain in the United States to participate in a four-week Professional Development Experience with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and governmental agencies that relate to their professional interests and goals. The PDE is designed to give Fellows practical training and the opportunity to learn transferable skills, expand their professional networks, and apply concepts learned at their Institutes to real-world situations in the U.S. context.

Africa-based activities

Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the United States through support from U.S. embassies, the YALI Network, USAID, the Department of State, and affiliated partners. Through these experiences, select Mandela Washington Fellows have access to ongoing professional development and networking opportunities, as well as support for their ideas, businesses, and organizations. Fellows may also apply for their American partners to travel to Africa to continue project-based collaboration through the Reciprocal Exchange Component.

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2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program Timeline

Below is the application timeline

  1. September 12, 2018 | Application opens
  2. October 10, 2018 | Application closes
  3. December 2018 – February 2019 | Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
  4. Late March 2019 | Applicants are notified of their status
  5. May 2019 | Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for finalists
  6. Mid-June 2019 | Fellowship begins in the United States

How To Apply

To apply for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, here is your guide.

  1. Log onto the application portal.
  2. You will be expected to create an account. This involves your email and password.
  3. Afterwards, you will be asked to fill the application form.
  4. Then, when you are done, you submit your application.

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