Applications Now Open: 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Press Release
August 26, 2021

 The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce that applications for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (MWF) are now open. 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. 

The Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity to… 

  • Participate in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university to share your experiences with and learn from U.S. citizens and other Fellows. 
  • Explore industries beyond your daily work and expand your expertise. 
  • Attend a Summit with young African leaders in Washington, D.C. 
  • Meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders. 
  • Strengthen your work through new connections, skills, and ideas. 

 The Embassy encourages young South African leaders to apply to the exchange program and join a global alumni network seeking to find innovative solutions to common challenges.  The program will run from 8 June – 20 August 2022.

 Apply here: https://www.mandelawashingtonfellowship.org/apply/ 

 Fellowship Components: 

Leadership Institutes
Fellows participate in a Common Leadership Curriculum exercise.
During the Fellowship, the Fellows participate in six-week Leadership Institutes, studying Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management hosted by U.S. colleges or universities.  Throughout the Institutes, Fellows enrich local U.S. communities while sharing best practices.  

Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit
After the Institutes, Fellows convene for a Summit, where they forge connections with one another and U.S. leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, setting the stage for long-term engagement between the United States and Africa.  

Professional Development Experiences (PDEs)
Up to 100 competitively-selected Fellows work with private, public, and non-profit organizations for six weeks. Both Fellows and Hosts benefit from discussing shared issues and challenges in their sectors, broadening their perspectives, and positioning U.S. organizations for international engagement.   

Reciprocal Exchanges
U.S. citizens have the opportunity to apply to travel to Africa to collaborate on projects with Fellows, building upon connections initiated during the program. These partnerships and professional connections are intended to form lasting relationships, expand markets and networks, and increase mutual understanding.  

Opportunities for Alumni
Fellowship Alumni continue to build the skills and connections developed during the program through access to ongoing professional development, networking, and collaboration opportunities with support from the U.S. Department of State and affiliated partners.  

Virtual Programming
Fellows participate in a session with Dean James Steinberg at Syracuse University.
The Fellowship leverages stakeholder expertise to deliver a suite of virtual programming for selected candidates and Fellowship Alumni to support their continued leadership development and strengthen their access to networks and resources.