U.S. higher education institutions selected to host Mandela Washington Fellows

U.S. higher education institutions selected to host Mandela Washington Fellows


U.S. higher education institutions selected to host Mandela Washington Fellows

The U.S. Department of State and IREX are pleased to announce the 27 U.S. colleges and universities that have been selected to host 700 Mandela Washington Fellows in summer 2018.

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the United States’ commitment to investing in the future of Africa. YALI was launched in 2010 to support young Africans as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. Since its inception, the Fellowship has engaged 3,000 Fellows who have gone on to have a positive impact on more than 45 million people across Africa.

Twenty-seven U.S. colleges and universities in 22 states and the District of Columbia will host Academic and Leadership Institutes for 700 Mandela Washington Fellows this summer. The six-week Institutes will help develop the young leaders’ leadership skills through academic study, workshops, mentoring, networking with U.S. leaders, and collaboration with Americans. Each Institute will also offer insights into American society through site visits, leadership development, and cultural exchange. The 27 colleges and universities will help strengthen connections between the United States and Africa and establish enduring partnerships between Fellows and local communities and private businesses.

In addition to the skills Fellows bring back to Africa, they leave their American host communities enriched through public service, cultural exchange, and the lasting ties they create between the United States and Africa. In 2016 and 2017, Fellows contributed more than 25,000 service hours to their host communities. Since 2014, Fellows have connected with more than 23,000 Americans across the country. Americans also have the opportunity to travel to Africa and collaborate on projects with Fellows through Reciprocal Exchange Awards.

2018 Academic and Leadership Institutes

Business and Entrepreneurship Institutes are for Fellows aspiring to become leaders in the private sector or to start their own business ventures in Africa. The Institutes introduce participants to business and entrepreneurial approaches in the United States, including those that address social issues. Institutes also help Fellows build technical and leadership capacity in areas such as business strategies, operations and supply chain management, business ethics, microfinance, marketing and branding, innovation and technology, emerging markets, and risk analysis. The 2018 Business and Entrepreneurship host institutions are:

Civic Leadership Institutes are for Fellows who are civically engaged and serving the public through nongovernmental organizations, community-based organizations, or volunteerism. The Institutes expose Fellows to the meaning of civic leadership in the U.S. while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as advocacy, strategic planning, organizational development, and the intersection of civil society with business and government. The 2018 Civic Leadership host institutions are:

Public Management Institutes are tailored to Fellows who work, or aspire to work, in all levels of government, regional or international organizations, or other publicly minded groups and think tanks. The Institutes introduce Fellows to U.S. models and best practices in public management while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as citizen engagement, human resource management, public financial management, and the intersection of government with business and civil society. The 2018 Public Management host institutions are:

Up to 100 Fellows will remain in the United States for an additional six weeks after the Academic and Leadership Institutes to participate in Professional Development Experiences in the public, private, or nonprofit sector with organizations across the country. The Mandela Washington Fellowship also includes programming in Africa, including internships on the continent, mentorships, networking, and other professional development opportunities.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.  For more information on how American companies, organizations, and institutions can partner with the Mandela Washington Fellowship, please visit yali.state.gov/mwf/us or contact ECA-press@state.gov.