Opportunities for Host Institutions

IREX, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, is seeking a limited number of partners to complement an existing cohort of U.S. colleges, universities, and organizations who receive subawards to host 25 young African leaders for a non-credit, non-degree, six-week intensive executive-style leadership and professional development program.

The application period to host a 2020 Leadership Institute is now closed.  

Highlights of the 2020 Leadership Institutes include:

  • 700 of Africa’s most promising young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 will enhance their skills and expertise at selected U.S. colleges and universities through Leadership Institutes in one of three themes: Business, Civic Engagement, and Public Management.
  • Each Leadership Institute will host a cohort of 25 Fellows from mid-June through July 2020 for a non-credit, non-degree, executive leadership style academic program.
  • Intensive Institute model that combines practical academic sessions, leadership training, site visits, professional networking opportunities, community service, and organized cultural activities to maximize professional adult learning and cultural exchange.
  • Programming that strengthens connections between the United States and Africa and establishes enduring partnerships between Fellows, local communities, and private businesses.
Four 2019 Fellows at Boise State University pose in front of a sign at the university. One Fellow is standing, one is in a wheelchair, and two are crouched next to the wheelchair.
2019 Mandela Washington Fellows tour the Boise State University campus.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.

For more information about the Fellowship, please visit the Fellowship’s official homepage.