Opportunities for Alumni
Upon returning home, Fellowship Alumni 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.
Stay in Touch! Update your Fellowship Contact Information to receive messages from our team.
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. Learn more about LINC Grants.
Reciprocal Exchange Component
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.
Leadership Impact Award
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. Learn more about the Leadership Impact Award.
Amplify Community Expertise (ACE) Events
Held alongside regional and global conferences attracting diverse professional audiences, ACE events will offer an intimate platform for Fellowship Alumni and external experts to engage on strategic topics, helping Alumni connect with professionals in their broader global network. Learn more about ACE events.
Stay in Touch with the Fellowship
Update your Fellowship Contact Information so you continue to receive messages from our team. Please note that updating your contact information is a requirement to apply for Alumni Activities that will be announced in the coming weeks.
Contact the Fellowship Alumni Team at MWFAlumni@irex.org.
Other Opportunities through the U.S. Department of State
Connect with International Exchange Alumni
Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni are also part of a larger community – the #ExchangeAlumni family! Through the U.S. Department of State’s International Exchange Alumni website at alumni.state.gov, Fellow Alumni are able to:
- Apply for funding opportunities, such as the annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) grants
- Learn about grants worldwide through the Foundation Directory Online
- Connect with a network of more than 400,000 other Exchange Alumni around the world
- Access a variety of subscription-only newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals online for free
- Boost their entrepreneurial and innovative endeavors with the guides and toolkits available on the Enabling Entrepreneurs page
- Share news about their successes and accomplishments, and read about the achievement of other #ExchangeAlumni
Connect with Your Local U.S. Embassy
The U.S. Embassies and Consulates across Sub-Saharan Africa want to hear about Fellowship Alumni’s experiences and contribute to Alumni’s personal and professional development for years to come. Stay in touch to learn about opportunities, events, seminars, and resources available to Fellowship Alumni and collaborate with Alumni of other U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs.
Connect with the YALI Network
Fellowship Alumni are highly encouraged to reach out and engage with YALI Network members as event attendees or volunteers.
Fellowship Alumni can bring groups of YALI Network members together for a #YALILearns event using one of the YALI Network Online Courses. These courses give Network members and youth audiences the chance to gain new information and skills in leadership, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and public management.
Fellowship Alumni can also contact the YALI Network team to send email messages to members for invitations to events at yali.state.gov/emailrequest. Fellowship Alumni will need to indicate the anticipated audience and the YALI Network can help narrow down the list of Network members to find a group of attendees by segmenting and targeting the messages based on location, activity and membership information.
Questions? Contact the YALI Network team at firstname.lastname@example.org.