Mandela Washington Fellowship 2018 Application for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a merit based competition launched in 2010 to support young African leaders. This program aids African young leaders to strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship officially began in 2014 and have been bringing young African leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training.



Here are the goals of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program


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.



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Mandela Washington Fellowship 2018 Application for Young African Leaders



Application information for Mandela Washington Fellowship  2018 Program

Selection Process :

After the deadline, the selected panel will review all eligible applications. The chosen applicants will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. After this, the selected applicants will provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Application Eligibility

The section will be done on equal basis irrespective of , color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Here are the criteria to be met to qualify for the Mandela Washington Fellowship :

Interested Young African leaders should :

  • be between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.
  • not be a U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • be eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
  • be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • be citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


All documents included in the application will be verified. False documents will immediately terminate application.


Selection Criteria

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance:

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
  • A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.


More on the application

The application will have to contain your basic information, applicants professional and academic experience, including educational background; honors and awards received; extracurricular and volunteer activities; and English language proficiency.
A resume will also be needed. letters of recommendation or university transcripts are optional but may supplement your application.



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The 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship application opens on Wednesday, 13 September at 16:00 GMT/UTC.



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