Fellowship Alumni Convene at United Nations General Assembly

Alongside the UN General Assembly, Fellowship Alumni and members of the Fellowship Network hosted and attended events to connect and accelerate progress toward pressing global issues.

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Alumna supports Ghanaian women and girls with financial independence

Learn how 2021 Fellowship Alumna Rhoda Wedam is making a difference in northern Ghana.

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Learn more about the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship!

The application for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship is now closed. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and application timeline.

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Meet the 2022 Leadership Impact Award Winner

Learn more about Marie Christina Kolo, 2017 Fellowship Alumna from Madagascar, a social entrepreneur, eco-feminist, and climate activist empowering women and youth in the fight against climate change.

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What’s Going On with Fellowship Alumni?

Check out recent stories about the Fellowship Alumni Network’s impact and accomplishments.

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ABOUT US

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI was created in 2010 and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020. Established in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought nearly 5,800 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States for academic and leadership training. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished innovators and leaders in their communities and countries.

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BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.

Program Impact

  • 49

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    Fellows have come from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    Sub-Saharan African Countries
  • 5,800

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    Since 2014, nearly 5,800 Fellowship Alumni have completed the program.
    Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Network
  • 67,000

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    Since 2014, Fellows have dedicated more than 67,000 hours to support U.S. communities during their Leadership Institutes.
    Hours of Support Dedicated to U.S. Communities
  • 2,400

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    Since 2014, the Fellowship has engaged approximately 2,400 institutions from the private, nonprofit, governmental, and multilateral sectors across the United States during Institutes, PDEs, Reciprocal Exchanges, and the Summit.
    Companies and Organizations Engaged

Stories

Working Across the Gender Divide in the Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

Each year on November 25, 2022, people around the world observe the International Day to End Violence Against Women and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based...

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Meet the 2022 Leadership Impact Award Winner: Marie Christina Kolo

July 13, 2022

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2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit Videos

July 12, 2022

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Learn more about the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship!

“I believe that the Mandela Washington Fellowship has made me a stronger and better leader and has challenged me to think outside the box… There can only be more, bigger, and better to come from me, my fellow Fellows, and the continent of Africa as a whole.”
– Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumna

Learn more about the 2023 Fellowship selection timeline and process, eligibility information, and more. We can't wait to meet the next Mandela Washington Fellows!

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  • September 13, 2022

    Application Closed

  • Nov 2022-Jan 2023

    Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates

  • March 2023

    Applicants are notified of their status

  • May 2023

    Finalist visa processing and Pre-Fellowship Orientations

  • June 2023

    Fellowship begins in the United States

  • July 2023

    Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit