Mandela Washington Fellowship 2025 for Young Africans | Fully Funded

Mandela Washington Fellowship 2025: The U.S. Department of State and IREX is pleased to announce the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program 2025 to participate in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university.

The Fellowship is the flagship program of the United State Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In summer 2025, the Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States for a comprehensive executive-style program designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead in their respective sectors and communities.


  • Fellowship Sponsor(s): U.S. Government and IREX
  • Host Institution(s): Not specified
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: All study levels
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Nationality: Africans

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Mandela Washington Fellowship 2025 | ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be considered for the Fellowship, interested candidates are to meet the following requirements:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 on or before the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered;
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;
  • Are not 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);
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English (additional guidance coming for applicants who are deaf);
  • Are citizens of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), 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, or Zimbabwe;
  • Are residents of one of the above countries; and
  • Are not Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested and eligible applicants for the Mandela Washington Fellowship (YALI Fellowship) Program 2025 are to apply online before the application deadline. Applicants with any question are to contact the Fellowship Team at [email protected].

Application Deadline: September, 2024

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