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Mandela Washington Fellowship 2022 for Young African Leaders

Mandela Washington Fellowship 2022 for Young African Leaders

Deadline: September 15, 2021
Open to: young African leaders
Benefits: participation in the program


Are you ready to be a part of the next generation of young African leaders? Apply now for the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2022!

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Fellowship. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries.


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:

Please note that Fellows are not allowed to have dependents, including spouses and children, accompany them during the Fellowship. The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all information included in the application. In the event of a discrepancy, or if information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):


The Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity to:

How to apply?

For more information, please visit the official website.