Opportunities for Alumni

Upon returning home, Fellows continue to build on the skills and connections developed during their time in the United States through access to ongoing professional development, networking, and collaboration opportunities with support from the U.S. Department of State and affiliated partners.  Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni form a vibrant network of young African leaders with the skills and motivation to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.   

2019 Fellows attend the opening reception of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. From left to right: Tokiso Nthebe (Lesotho), Zaharah Namanda (Uganda), Elizabeth Mwambulukutu (Tanzania), and Mpitseng Ntsoele (Lesotho).
2019 Fellows attend the opening reception of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. From left to right: Tokiso Nthebe (Lesotho), Zaharah Namanda (Uganda), Elizabeth Mwambulukutu (Tanzania), and Mpitseng Ntsoele (Lesotho).

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Alumni Activities 

2017 Fellow Flavia Kalule Nabagabe speaks at the Next Steps Session of the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. The subject is wearing a red beret and matching necklace.
2017 Fellow Flavia Kalule Nabagabe speaks at the 2019 Summit.

Leveraging Innovations in New Communities (LINC) Grants   

LINC Grants provide Fellowship Alumni with funding for professional collaboration with others in the Alumni network. Funds will allow Alumni across cohort years, sectors, and regions to travel to each other’s organizations or communities to learn from each other’s best practices and expertise.

Applications for 2020 LINC grants are now open!  Learn more about the LINC grants and how to apply here.

Reciprocal Exchange Component  

2019 Reciprocal Exchange Awardee Bryan Richards exchanges soccer jerseys with 2018 Fellow Boubacar Sy during their workshop’s closing ceremony in Bamako, Mali.
2019 Awardee Bryan Richards exchanges jerseys with 2018 Fellow Boubacar Sy during their workshop in Mali.

The Reciprocal Exchange component of the Fellowship provides opportunities for American professionals to travel to Africa to continue collaborative work with Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni on the continent.  Through joint projects, Americans and Alumni form lasting partnerships, expand markets and networks, and increase mutual understanding between the United States and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Learn more about Reciprocal Exchanges.

The application for 2020 Reciprocal Exchange Awards is now open and applications will be accepted through October 15, 2019. Learn more about how to apply for the 2020 Reciprocal Exchange Awards.

Leadership Impact Award  

2014 Fellow Adepeju Jaiyeoba of Nigeria received the inaugural Leadership Impact Award at the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington, D.C.

The annual Leadership Impact Award celebrates the individual achievements of an outstanding member of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni network.  Selected based on their record of servant leadership and advocacy on behalf of the Fellowship, Leadership Impact Award recipients are invited to attend the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit to receive the Award and share a message of advice and inspiration with current Fellows. Travel, lodging, and per diem expenses are covered by the Fellowship.

Amplify Community Expertise (ACE) Events  

Held alongside regional and global conferences attracting diverse professional audiences, ACE events will offer an intimate platform for Fellow Alumni and external experts to engage on strategic topics, helping Alumni connect with professionals in their broader global network. More information about ACE events will be available in September 2019.

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