Mandela Washington Fellowship Recruitment 2023

We are pleased to announce that the application period for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), launched on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship offers an unparalleled opportunity to:

  • Participate in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university to share your experiences with and to learn from U.S. citizensand other Fellows.
  • Explore industries beyond your daily work and expand your expertise.
  • Participate in aSummit with young African leaders
  • Meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders.
  • Strengthen your work through new connections, skills, and ideas.
  • Join a continental and global Alumni Network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

The Public Affairs Section is pleased to share information about the Recruitment with Mission colleagues as we target young professionals who have already made a mark in their fields and are ready to rise to the next level.  We encourage all Mission colleagues to share information about this exchange opportunity widely within your circles, especially to people outside Kampala, government officials (we would like to increase the number of Public Managers applying), and other would-be disadvantaged groups like persons with disabilities.

The applications for MWF 2023 open on August 16, 2022, and close on September 13, 2022. Follow this link for more information about the Fellowship:

Although it is a very competitive opportunity, the Mandela Washington Fellowship encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds and does not discriminate against applicants because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. law. The Fellowship is committed to fairness, equity, and inclusion.

Eligibility Criteria:  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 on before the application submission, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered.  Applicants should not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. And most importantly for you, they should not be employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. embassy or consulate, USAID, or other U.S. Government entity).

Please refer applicants to the website for more information and guidance on application: