Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Due to the current global pandemic, and with the safety and well-being of Fellows and Partners as the highest priority, the U.S. Department of State postponed the 2020 Fellowship until summer 2021. Applicants for the 2020 Fellowship who were selected as Finalists and Alternates have been notified that they are eligible to defer their participation until summer 2021.

The U.S. Department of State will not open a general application for the 2021 Fellowship this fall. For more information on the Fellowship response to COVID-19, please visit

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If you have not already done so, we invite you to join the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network by visiting To learn about other international exchange opportunities sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, please visit

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