Educational institutions across United States selected to host Mandela Washington Fellows

2019 Institute Partners smile for a group photo.

The U.S. Department of State and IREX are pleased to announce the 27 U.S. educational institutions that have been selected to host 700 Mandela Washington Fellows in the summer of 2019.

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)  which embodies the United States’ commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  YALI was created in 2010 to support young Africans as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.  Since its inception, nearly 3,700 young leaders have participated as Mandela Washington Fellows and had a positive impact on more than 45 million people across Africa.

Twenty-seven U.S. educational institutions in 20 states will host Leadership Institutes for 700 Mandela Washington Fellows.  This summer, all Fellows will receive a letter from President Trump welcoming them to the United States for their program.  The six-week Institutes, held on college and university campuses, will support the development of Fellows’ leadership skills through academic study, workshops, mentoring, networking with U.S. leaders, and collaboration with Americans.  Each Institute will also offer insights into American society through site visits and cultural exchange.  The Institutes strengthen connections between the United States and Africa and establish enduring partnerships between Fellows, local communities, and private businesses. 

In addition to the knowledge and skills they bring back to Africa, Fellows enrich their American host communities through public service, cultural exchange, and the lasting ties they create between the United States and Africa.  During the 2016-18 Institutes, Fellows contributed more than 30,000 service hours to their host communities, and since 2014, Fellows have connected with more than 30,000 Americans across the country.  Americans also have the opportunity to apply to travel to Africa and collaborate on projects with Fellows through the Reciprocal Exchange.

2019 Institutes

Leadership in Business Institutes are tailored to Fellows aspiring to become leaders in the private sector or to start their own business ventures in Africa.  The Institutes introduce participants to business and entrepreneurial approaches in the United States, including those that address social issues. Institutes also help Fellows build technical and leadership capacity in areas such as innovation and technology, business plan development, financial management, business ethics, the intersection of business with civil society and government, and the role of public-private partnerships.  Institutions hosting 2019 Leadership in Business Institutes are:

Leadership in Civic Engagement Institutes are tailored to Fellows who are civically engaged and serving the public through non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, or volunteerism.  The Institutes expose Fellows to civic engagement in the United States while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as advocacy, strategic planning, organizational development, and the intersection of civil society with business and government.  Institutions hosting 2019 Leadership in Civic Engagement Institutes are:

Leadership in Public Management Institutes are tailored to Fellows who work, or aspire to work, in all levels of government, regional or international organizations, or other publicly-oriented groups and think tanks.  The Institutes introduce Fellows to U.S. models and best practices in public management while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as citizen engagement, resource management, financial management systems, and the intersection of government with business and civil society.  Institutions hosting 2019 Leadership in Public Management Institutes are:

Up to 70 competitively-selected Fellows will remain in the United States for an additional four weeks after the Institutes to participate in Professional Development Experiences in the public, private, or non-profit sector with organizations across the country.  Fellows will also participate in Alumni Programming after they return home to further build their professional skills and networks.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.