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 offered two training institutes:

  • A civic leadership institute, whose curriculum was 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 was developed through a partnership between Rutgers Global, the Rutgers Business School, and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.

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

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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.