Engage with the next generation of African leaders on your campus!
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders works with qualified U.S.-based higher education institutions, including accredited U.S. colleges, universities, and non-governmental organizations, to host and implement six-week Leadership Institutes. Selected Institute Partners host 25 Fellows each year from mid-June to late July for a non-credit, non-degree, six-week Leadership Institute.
Information on hosting a 2024 Leadership Institute will be available in August 2023.
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The recruitment of Leadership Institute hosts typically takes place from early September to mid-October with the launch of a formal Request for Applications (RFA), offering applicants approximately six weeks to submit an application for consideration during the competitive selection process. Applicants must submit various materials in response to the RFA; see the “Application Resources” section for an example of last year’s RFA. The application period for 2023 Leadership Institute hosts is closed, but the Fellowship encourages interested institutions to prepare for the next recruitment cycle.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA), and we encourage Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and community colleges to apply.
The application process to host a Leadership Institute can require significant planning and coordination across an organization. Therefore, we encourage interested U.S.-based higher education institutions, accredited U.S. colleges and universities, and non-governmental organizations to review the previous year’s resources and begin internal planning conversations early to jumpstart their application efforts for the next recruitment cycle.
Joint applications between two educational institutions are permitted, particularly in cases where a smaller institution may wish to partner with a neighboring institution to leverage complementary resources. All joint applications must designate one official entity as the lead administrator on the sub-award, delineate how responsibilities will be shared, and meet the requirement that Leadership Institutes take place on a U.S. college or university campus.
Resources for Leadership Institute applications may change yearly; however, the overall format of Leadership Institutes and the relevant information reflected in previous RFAs remain similar. Please note that all items included on this page are for reference only; formal RFA documents will be included in the announcement of the application period.
Request for Applications
Required Templates for Application
- Sample At-a-Glance Calendar
- Common Leadership Curriculum (CLC) Facilitator Guide
- Focus Project Coaching Overview
- 2023 RFA FAQ Page
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The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.