Fellowship Resources

Learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship and download key resources.

Other Exchange Opportunities and Resources

Opportunities Through the U.S. Government

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is just one of many professional exchange and continuing education opportunities available to applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.  Learn more about some other in-person and virtual opportunities below.

Opportunities Funded by the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State offers many programs for non-U.S. citizens wishing to come to the U.S. for cultural, educational, or professional exchange, managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Learn more about opportunities for which you may be eligible.

Connect with Your Local U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassies and Consulates across Sub-Saharan Africa are eager to connect with young professionals in the countries in which they serve, and many fund special grants, programs, and initiatives specific to their mission.  To learn more about opportunities with U.S. Embassies and Consulates, visit the website of your local U.S. mission.

Join the YALI Network

The YALI Network is a digital community where young African leaders can learn how to effect change around important issues in their communities and improve their leadership skills through tailor-made digital content. The Network offers online events, free professional development resources, and short courses and video vignettes in English, French, and Portuguese on subjects like expanding your business, media literacy, community organizing, and volunteering. The Network also creates digital campaigns that promote topics such as good governance, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and entrepreneurship. Learn more about the YALI Network.

Apply for Programs at Your Local Regional Leadership Center

YALI Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) are located at higher education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and offer leadership training programs to young leaders between the ages of 18 and 35.  By providing in-person and online training, networking, and professional development opportunities, the RLCs serve as a place for young African leaders to collaborate on the continent.  Learn more about the RLCs.

Other Opportunities for Continuing Education

Many educational institutions offer online courses and resources to support your continued leadership and professional development.  The Fellowship’s implementing partner, IREX, is pleased to offer free access to online accredited courses focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, and management aimed at learners at all levels through a partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.

Learn more and register for this opportunity.