Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). President Obama launched YALI to support young Africans as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training and creates unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). President Obama launched YALI to support young Africans as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training and creates unique opportunities in Africa for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations, communities, and countries.

Host an Academic and Leadership Institute

IREX seeks US-based colleges and universities to implement Academic and Leadership Institutes for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Partners

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Goals

The Mandela Washington Fellowship will:

  • Invest in a new generation of young African leaders who are shaping the continent’s future.
  • Respond to the strong demand by young African leaders for practical skills that can help them take their work to the next level in the fields of public service and business.
  • Deepen partnerships and connections between the United States and Africa.
  • Build a prestigious network of young African leaders who are at the forefront of change and innovation in their respective sectors.
I launched YALI to help you access the resources and the training and the networks that you need to become the next generation of leaders in all areas in civil society, in business, in government. President Barack Obama

Project Activities

The Mandela Washington Fellowship includes:

  • A 6-week Academic and Leadership Institute: Fellows are placed at US colleges and universities for academic institutes. Institutes will focus on skills development in one of three areas: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management. New in 2016 will be a specialized Institute on Energy.
  • A Summit with President Obama in Washington, DC: At the conclusion of the academic and leadership institute, all Fellows will participate in a Presidential Summit. The Summit will take place in August 2016.
  • An optional 6-week US Professional Development Experience: As part of the Fellowship application, individuals may apply to participate in a Professional Development Experience (PDE) at a US company, civil society organization, or public sector agency in the United States. Approximately 100 Fellows will be selected for the US-based PDEs, which will take place in August and September 2016. For more information on the Professional Development Experience, see the Mandela Washington Fellowship Professional Development Experience host information page. 
  • Activities in Africa: Fellows will have access to a limited number of competitive opportunities for continued professional development after they return to Africa, including networking opportunities, internships with institutions in the public, private, multilateral, and non-profit sectors, and one-on-one mentoring. If you are a Mandela Washington Fellow and would like more information about professional development opportunities in Africa, please log in to the alumni website.

Quick Facts

  • The network of Mandela Washington Fellows includes 1,000 current Fellows and 1,000 Fellows from 2014 and 2015.
  • As of June 2016, IREX has partnered with more than 300 institutions from the private, nonprofit, governmental, and multilateral sectors.
  • Fellows have completed nearly 245,000 hours of workforce development training through the practicum program.

  • More than 80% of Fellows have reported sustained relationships with other Fellows to foster a strong network across 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

People

Contact

General e-mail address: mwfellowship@irex.org
For Fellowship alumni only: MWFalumni@irex.org