President Obama is offereing the Mandela Washington Fellowship to young African leaders for a fellowship training in the USA. About 1000 awards will be given out to outstanding African young leaders. The Fellowship training is fully funded and all cost will be covered by the US government.
In order to apply for this fellowship program, the following requirements has to be met:
- Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered
- Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
- 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 the U.S. Embassy, USAID, and other U.S. government entities).
- Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
- Are citizens and residents of any one of the eligible countries listed below (please see Eligible groups below).
- Are not alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowships.
- Fellows are not allowed to have dependents (including spouses and children) accompany them during the Fellowship.
Note that applicants will NOT be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Fields of study
The training will cover the following fields:
Intensive leadership training, academic coursework, networking, and skills building at U.S. a college or university with support for professional development after returning home. May participate in internships in the public, private and non-profit sectors with organizations throughout the United States.
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, 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, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
- 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.
- Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
- 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.
What the fellowship training covers
The U.S. State Department covers all costs involved in participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. That includes the costs of applying for a visa, round-trip airfare for travel between the United States and your home country, living and travel costs during the fellowship, six-week academic and leadership institute, concluding Summit in Washington, DC, accident and sickness benefit plan, housing and meals during the program, and an optional six-week Professional Development Experience for up to 100 Fellows. Note that the Fellowship will not cover salary while Fellows are away from work or funds for personal purchases such as gifts.
Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.
How to apply
The mode of application is online at https://yaliapp.irex.org . If you are a new applicant, or applied in either 2014, 2015 or 2016, you must begin a new registration process for the 2017 Fellowship. If you have already started a 2017 application, simply sign into the application portal and complete your application. Click here to contact the provider for more information on how to apply.
Applications must be submitted before 4:00 PM GMT on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
Important points to note
- The Mandella Washington Fellowship is awarded to young African leaders by the US government.
- Its fully funded and all expenses are taken care of by the US government
- The mode of application is online via https://yaliapp.irex.org.
- Application deadline is by October 26, 2016