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Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2015

The Mandela Washington Young African Leadership Initiative 2016 #YALI2016 = Six-week leadership and Mentoring Program plus a chance to interact with Pres. Barack #Obama.


The 2016 YALI Fellowship will train 1,000 young African leaders
across three tracks, which include business and entrepreneurship, civic
leadership and public management. The 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship is a six-weeks in-depth academic and leadership training at 20 top American universities.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellowship provides 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa
with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education
institution with support for professional development after they return
home.

In the summer of 2016, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring
1,000 young African leaders to the United States for academic coursework
and leadership training and will create unique opportunities in Africa
for Fellows to put new skills to practical use in leading organizations,
communities, and countries.

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race,
color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual
orientation or gender identity. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is
open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application
    submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be
    considered.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries:
    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde,
    Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the
    Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial
    Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea,
    Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali,
    Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao
    Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South
    Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia
    and Zimbabwe.

Individuals residing in Eritrea and Zimbabwe may not apply to the Public
Management track. Residents of Sudan may only apply for the Civic
Leadership track.

Selection Criteria:

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
  • A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and
    training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they
    return home.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.

Selection Process

  • The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a
    merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible
    applications will be reviewed by a selection panel.
  • Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries.
  • If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of
    their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo
    identification to verify eligibility.

Application Timeline:

  • October 1, 2015: Application opens
  • November 11, 2015: Application closes
  • January-February 2016: Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. Embassies and Consulates
  • March 2016: Applicants are notified of their status
  • April-May 2016: Visa processing for finalists
  • Mid-June 2016: Fellowship starts in the United States

P.S. If you are looking for more information about the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship application, stay tuned to the YALI Network Facebook page for more details on an upcoming #YALICHAT from October 7-9th. 

For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Deadline: November 11th 2015

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