Mandela Washington Fellowship

The Mandela Washington Fellowship—a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)—empowers young African changemakers and leaders through academic and hands-on training and networking.

Since 2014, fellows from sub-Saharan Africa who wish to serve the public through NGOs, community-based organizations, public administration, or as entrepreneurs, have participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are picked to represent their countries through a highly competitive application process and participate in the program at American universities chosen by the U.S. Department of State.

In summer 2018, Rutgers will offer two training institutes:

  • A civic leadership institute, whose curriculum is developed through a partnership between Rutgers Global, the School of Social Work, and the Center for African Studies.

  • A sustainable business and entrepreneurship institute, whose curriculum is developed through a partnership between Rutgers Global, the Rutgers Business School, and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

Each institute will serve a group of 25 fellows. Rutgers is the only U.S. host university in 2018 to offer two institutes.

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Engagement Opportunities

Mandela Washington Fellowship Fourth of July Host Program

The 2018 fellows will be here during the Fourth of July holiday, and we are calling on the Rutgers community to help share our American traditions with them by hosting them for a barbecue or by taking them to a fun Independence Day outing, like watching fireworks. Fellows can either stay for an afternoon or for the entire day—it is up to you. To participate in this program, apply by June 29, 2018, here.



About the Mandela Washington Fellowship

Rutgers Global – Mandela Washington Fellowship, fellow smiles in a photo at an outdoor reception; depth of field, three fellows sit behind him in background

The Mandela Washington Fellowship gives us a chance to help provide up-and-coming young African leaders with academic and hands-on training that commingles both American and African cultures.