2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). This program will bring young leaders to the United States in 2017 for academic and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions.

The MWF is an unparalleled opportunity to:

  • Participate in a six-week academic and leadership institute at the 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.
  • Access exceptional internship and mentoring opportunities during the year following the U.S. portion of the exchange.
  • Strengthen your work through new connections, skills and ideas.
  • Join a continent-wide and global alumni network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

– What Is YALI ?

– Fellowship Application Process

– FAQs (PDF 305 KB)

– Important Dates

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