The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies his commitment to invest in the future of Africa.
The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived (in the United States of America) in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C.
Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. Selected Mandela Washington Fellows should be prepared for an academically and professionally challenging program.
The Fellowship is designed to encourage and foster the ingenuity, confidence, passion, and commitment of the next generation of African leaders. It offers young leaders an unparalleled opportunity to meet and share ideas with some of America’s dedicated leaders from community organizers to the President of the United States. The Mandela Washington Fellowship will challenge preconceived ideas and open new horizons for those who embrace the experience.
The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows comprised 500 young leaders from across Africa drawn from the tracks of Public Management, Civic Leadership and Business and Entrepreneurship.
The application for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders will open on October 7th and will run on up to November 5th, 2014. To find out if you are eligible read the Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Instructions.
If you do qualify and decide to apply do not be in a rush. Make sure to build a good resume. To find out what exactly will be required read this article on Building Your Resume.