In 2014, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the Mandela Washington Fellowship, was launched. It seeks to empower young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
The application for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is open to future leaders aged between 25 and 35 years old. Any potential applicant will have until October 11 to apply.
In 2018, it is expected that the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.
Applicants should have a proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement. They should be committed to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship. In addition, candidates must be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English. The Fellowship is scheduled to take place June 15-August 1, 2018.
The Fellows should have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2017, Fellows represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Fifty-one Fellows identified as having a disability, and 50 percent of Fellows were women.