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Grant Opportunities: Mandela Washington Fellowship – Apply Now!

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Deadline: 13-Sep-22

Applications are now open for the Mandela Washington Fellowship which will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States in the summer of 2023 for a comprehensive executive-style program that is designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead in their respective sectors and communities.


The Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity to…

  • Participate in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university to share your experiences with and learn from U.S. citizens and other Fellows.
  • Explore industries beyond your daily work and expand your expertise.
  • Participate in a Summit with young African leaders.
  • 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.
Eligibility Criteria

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

Selection Process and Criteria
  • The Mandela Washington Fellowship selection process is a merit-based open competition.  After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by independent readers.  Following this review, chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries.  Selected semi-finalists will be required to participate in these in-person interviews in their home country within Africa.  If advanced to the semi-finalist round, applicants must provide a copy of their international passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification at the time of the interview.  Selected Finalists are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in their home country within Africa.
  • The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):
    • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in business, civic engagement, or public service;
    • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
    • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and to respect the opinions of others;
    • Strong social and communication skills;
    • An energetic, positive attitude;
    • A demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector/track; and
    • 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.

For more information, visit https://www.mandelawashingtonfellowship.org/apply/

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