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2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application

2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application is now open. The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) is also popular as YALI. YALI -Young African Leaders Initiative.

In case you have never heard about YALI before now. YALI is an opportunity for young adults, male or female to learn and develop leadership skills through training  program that takes place in the US. It is run only once a year.

Eligibility Guideline:

Application is welcome from persons of any 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 criteria below.

  • People who are between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered.
  • Those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • You must be eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa to qualify. Learn about J-1 Visa now.
  • You must not be an employee or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, USAID, and other U.S. Government entities).
  • Be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English to qualify. Applicants who are deaf should consult the Application Instructions for more information.
  • You must be a citizen and resident 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, Eswatini, 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, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • You must not be an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Important Timelines 

September 12, 2018 | Application opens
October 10, 2018 | Application closes
December 2018 – February 2019 | Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
Late March 2019 | Applicants are notified of their status
May 2019 | Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for finalists
Mid-June 2019 | Fellowship begins in the United States.
                   Read More Details here
                 Start Your Application now
If you do not meet the technical eligibility requirements for this program, you can visit for information on other U.S. Department of State exchange opportunities.
Good Luck.
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