The Young African Leaders Initiative has opened its submissions portal to youths who might be interested in applying for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship. If you’re a talented writer who has excellent leadership skills, you  stand a good chance of getting this merit-based open competition. Don’t wait until the last day. You’ll need a lot of time to write convincingly about your contribution to your society.


Who is Eligible?

  • African youth between the ages of 18 – 35
  • 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, and other U.S. Government entities).
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English. Applicants who are deaf should consult the Application Instructions for more information.

How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning A Spot In This Competitive Fellowship:

  • Show that you have a proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business, or civic engagement.
  • Prove that you are committed to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • You must possess strong social and communication skills.
  • You must have an energetic, positive attitude.
  • Finally, you must show that you are committed to returning to the continent to give back to the society. You must show your willingness to use your leadership skills and training to benefit  your country and/or community.

How To Apply:

Fill the application form on the Young African Leadership  Initiative website or Click HERE.


  • An all-expense paid trip to Washington DC, USA
  • Training in your area of interest
  • And lots more.

Good luck to you

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