Are you a young African leader looking to make a profound impact on your continent’s future? The Mandela Washington Fellowship 2024 offers an exceptional opportunity for up to 700 young leaders to engage in a comprehensive executive-style program in the United States. This program is designed to equip fellows with skills and empowerment needed to lead in various sectors and communities.
About the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a remarkable effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. With almost one-third of Africa’s population between the ages of 10 and 24, and about 60% below the age of 35, the need for nurturing strong, results-oriented leaders is evident. YALI promotes three models aimed at identifying and empowering young people to lead and shape Africa’s future in business, entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management.
Benefits of the Fellowship
The Mandela Washington Fellowship offers a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university, providing a unique platform to exchange experiences with U.S. citizens and other fellows. This fellowship goes beyond daily work, enabling participants to explore different industries and expand their expertise. The program also includes a Summit where young African leaders meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders, fostering new connections, skills, and ideas. Fellows become part of a continental and global Alumni Network, collaborating on innovative solutions to shared challenges.
To be eligible for the Mandela Washington Fellowship, applicants must be between 25 and 35 years old (with consideration for those aged 21-24), not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, eligible for a United States J-1 visa, proficient in English, and citizens of specific African countries. Strong leadership records, dedication to community service, and a commitment to returning to Sub-Saharan Africa to contribute to its development are vital criteria.
Selection Process and Timeline
The selection process for the Mandela Washington Fellowship is based on merit and competition. Independent readers review all eligible applications, and semi-finalists undergo interviews with U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. Finalists are required to attend mandatory Pre-Fellowship Orientations. However, the selection of finalists might be subject to review based on events impacting program activities.
- August 15, 2023: Application opens
- September 12, 2023: Application deadline
- November 2023 – January 2024: Semi-finalist interviews
- March 2024: Applicants notified of status
- May 2024: Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations
- June 2024: Fellowship begins in the United States
How to Apply
Ready to take the lead in shaping Africa’s future? Apply now by visiting the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) website. If you have any questions, head to the Frequently Asked Questions section about the Fellowship application.
Join the Movement
Seize this extraordinary chance to become a part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2024. Be prepared to ignite positive change and contribute to the growth of your communities and your continent.
APPLY HERE: https://apply.mandelawashingtonfellowship.org/
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