YALI  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2024/ 2025

The US Department of State and IREX are seeking experts to help evaluate applications for the 2025 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The Fellowship is a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, which aims to bring young leaders from Africa to the US for academic coursework and leadership training.

YALI  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
YALI  Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The program aims to foster collaboration between Fellows and US citizens, promote economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa and the US.

In 2025, the Fellowship will select up to 700 young leaders to participate in an intensive executive-style program designed to equip them with skills to lead in their communities and sectors.


  • The Fellowship aims to bring around 700 young leaders from 49 sub-Saharan African countries to the United States for academic and leadership development. The program aims to create opportunities for Fellows and U.S. citizens to collaborate and work together, fostering economic growth, strengthening democratic governance, and promoting peace and security across Africa and the United States.


Readers will be tasked with reviewing and evaluating approximately 50 applications, using a set of guidelines and a scoring rubric to assess each submission.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The ideal candidates for the Reader role are individuals with academic or professional backgrounds in areas. Such as business, civic engagement, or public management, or those with experience working in Africa or on sub-Saharan African issues.
  • S. Government employees and past Fellowship Alumni are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants who are applying for the 2024 Fellowship program are not eligible to serve as readers.

How to Apply for YALI  Mandela Washington Fellowship

  • To submit your application, click on this link https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/7857157/2025-Mandela-Washington-Fellowship-Reader-Application
  • Applicants who are interested in participating in the reading process can submit their application by September 1, 2024.
  • The reading period will take place from mid-September to early November 2024. Each application will require approximately 5-10 minutes of your time.
  • They will notify selected applicants in September 2024.

For more details, visit the official website of YALI .

Application Deadline

September 1, 2024



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