The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders brings 500 of Africa’s most promising young leaders to top U.S. universities for six weeks of study in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership or public management. The Fellows make new friends and professional connections and learn skills they’ll use in leadership roles back home.

The application deadline is November 5, but our tips will make your application stand out.

Is there a quota of Fellows from each country?

No, although diversity is important. The program wants Fellows from every country, but there is no fixed quota.

What kinds of documents do I need?

You need to submit a resume and basic info, like name, address, phone number, email address and country of citizenship, but supporting documents are up to you. Many applicants submit letters of recommendation, academic transcripts and writing samples. These are not required, but they can make your application stronger. Choose the documents that you think best capture your leadership qualities.

Can people with disabilities apply?

Of course. We encourage you to apply.

What is the difference between YALI and the Mandela Washington Fellowship?

President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) spans many activities and embodies the U.S. commitment to the future of Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is its flagship program.

Do you have more questions? These videos will help.

Don’t forget to apply!