- The network of Mandela Washington Fellows includes 3,000 alumni and 700 Fellows arriving in 2018. To date, the Fellowship has received more than 220,000 applications.
- Fellows are recruited through an open call for applications for candidates between the ages of 25 and 35 across all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, and communities.
- Since the Fellowship’s inception, IREX has partnered with more than 450 institutions from the private, nonprofit, governmental, and multilateral sectors in the US and Africa.
- Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows continue to build the skills they developed during their time in the United States through support from US embassies, USAID, and affiliated partners, including regional conferences, professional practicum experiences, and mentoring opportunities.