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Mandela Washington Fellowship For African 2024 |Application Begins Now!

The Mandela Washington Fellowship invites up to 700 young African leaders to the United States during the summer of 2024. This program covers all expenses, including travel, accommodation, and meals. It aims to enhance skills and empower participants to lead effectively in their respective sectors and communities.

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Fellowship Summary

  • Host Country: United States of America (USA)
  • Program Type: Fellowship
  • Eligible Regions: African Countries
  • Benefits: Full Sponsorship, including Travel and Accommodation
  • Application Deadline: September 1, 2024

Program Details

The U.S. Department of State and IREX are searching for experts tolook over applications for the 2025 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This Fellowship provides young leaders with academic and leadership training in the U.S., fostering collaboration, economic growth, democratic governance, and security between Africa and the U.S.

Reviewers will assess around 50 applications, adhering to specific guidelines and scoring criteria. This volunteer role is an excellent opportunity for professional development and résumé enhancement for academics, professionals, or students.


  • Age: 25-35 years old by the application deadline (exceptional candidates aged 21-24 may be considered)
  • Language Proficiency: Fluent in English (support available for deaf applicants)
  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of an eligible African country
  • Non-Discrimination Policy: Open to all, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity

Ideal Application Reviewers

  • Academics or professionals with expertise in business, civic engagement, or public management
  • Those with experience working in or on issues related to sub-Saharan Africa
  • U.S. Government employees and Fellowship Alumni (current applicants are not eligible)
Mandela Washington Fellowship
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Fellowship Benefits: Mandela Washington Fellowship

  • Six-Week Leadership Institute: Attend a U.S. college or university
  • Industry Exploration: Gain new insights and broaden expertise
  • Summit Participation: Engage with other young African leaders
  • Networking: Connect with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders
  • Skill Enhancement: Improve work through new connections and ideas
  • Alumni Network: Join a global network to find solutions to common challenges

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated leadership and achievement in business, civic engagement, or public service
  • Commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in diverse groups and respect differing opinions
  • Strong social and communication skills
  • Energetic and positive attitude
  • Relevant knowledge and professional experience in the chosen sector
  • Commitment to return to Africa and apply the skills and training gained

How to Apply

  1. Visit the fellowship application page.
  2. Click on “Apply Now to Be A Fellowship Reader.”
  3. Contact the Fellowship Team for any questions.

Application Deadline

  • September 1, 2024

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