Be part of the next generation of African Leaders
About the Fellowship:
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Fellowship. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries.
Participate in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university to share your experiences with and to learn from Americans and other Fellows.
Explore industries beyond your daily work and expand your expertise
Attend a Summit with young African leaders in Washington, D.C.
Meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders.
Strengthen your work through new connections, skills, and ideas
Join a continental and global Alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.
Application and Selection Process
Click here for eligibility criteria.
September 12, 2019 | Application opens
October 9, 2019 | Application deadline
December 2019 – February 2020 | Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
Late March 2020 | Applicants are notified of their status
May 2020 | Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for Finalists
Mid-June 2020 | Fellowship begins in the United States