2021 Alumni: Apply Now for Alumni Enrichment Institutes

The application for the Alumni Enrichment Institutes, a new, unique opportunity for 2021 Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, is now open.

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Seeking Hosts for New Alumni Enrichment Institutes

The Fellowship is now accepting applications for qualified U.S.-based post-secondary educational institutions to host and implement two-week Alumni Enrichment Institutes for 2021 Alumni in summer 2022.

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Empowering Women in Peace and Security

In honor of the 76th annual United Nations Day, learn how 2018 Alumna Mariama Barry is furthering peace and security through her work in The Gambia Police Force.

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Empowering Alumni Educators through Virtual Continuing Education

Last July, 12 Fellowship Alumni who are STEM educators participated in the TGR Foundation Virtual STEM Studio. Hear about their experience and how they plan to apply their new knowledge to their classrooms.

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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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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 4,400 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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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

    Fellows have come from all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
    Sub-Saharan African Countries
  • 5,100

    Since 2014, nearly 5,100 Fellowship Alumni have completed the program.
    Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Network
  • 57,500

    Since 2014, Fellows have dedicated more than 57,500 hours to support U.S. communities during their Leadership Institutes.
    Hours of Support Dedicated to U.S. Communities
  • 2,400

    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


Strengthening employability for deaf women in Nigeria

Two Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni are collaborating on a solution to equip women who are deaf with the skills they need for employment and financial self-reliance.

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2021 Alumni: Apply Now for Alumni Enrichment Institutes

November 17, 2021


Fellowship Seeks Hosts for Alumni Enrichment Institutes

November 4, 2021

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Learn more about the 2022 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

The 2022 Fellowship Application is now closed. Check out the 2022 Fellowship Application timeline and process, eligibility information, and more. We can't wait to meet the next Mandela Washington Fellows!

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  • September 15, 2021

    Application Closed

  • Nov 2021-Jan 2022

    Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates

  • Late March 2022

    Applicants are notified of their status

  • April-May 2022

    Finalist visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations

  • June 2022

    Fellowship begins in the United States

  • July 2022

    2022 Fellowship Summit takes place