Deadline: 15th September, 2021

Mandela Washington Fellowship 2022 Application Official Opened

The application for Mandela Washington Fellowship 2022 for young African leaders will be open on the 18th August, 2021. The fellowship offer an unparalleled opportunity for young African leaders to enjoy the following rare benefits:

Join a continental and global Alumni Network to help you seek innovative solutions to common challenges.

Application Timeline


The Mandela Washington Fellowship selection process is a merit-based open competition.  After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by independent readers.  Following this review, chosen semi-finalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries.  Selected semi-finalists will be required to participate in these in-person interviews in their home country within Africa.  If advanced to the semi-finalist round, applicants must provide a copy of their international passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification at the time of the interview.  Selected Finalists are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in their home country within Africa.

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Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

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The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all information included in the application.  In the event of a discrepancy, or if the information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

What are the criteria for selection?

The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):


Got questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions about the Fellowship application to learn answers to common queries.

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For more information visit the official webpage of Mandela Washington Fellowship 2022

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