Your privacy is important to IREX. That is why we request that all applicants read the following privacy policy statement carefully.


Information about program applicants and current and past participants consists of data contained in their applications, information derived from interviews, and information gathered during the course of their program and as program alumni. IREX stores this information in written and electronic form indefinitely. Some data, such as contact information and professional experience, is continually updated.


Information, which is described above, may be:

  1. Used by selection committees and interviewers to review applicants;
  2. Supplied to the program’s funding organization;
  3. Submitted to potential host schools, universities, or organizations and/or organizations that provide internship opportunities;
  4. Used for the evaluation of an individual’s participation in the program and in the collection of data for general program evaluation by IREX, funding agencies or other organizations contracted to conduct evaluations;

IREX does not sell applicant, or current/past participant information.

The principles stated herein are binding only to IREX; other organizations involved in the administration of these programs may adhere to other privacy or similar policies.


I certify that I completed this application myself, without any aid or assistance, that the information given in this application is complete and accurate, and that I have carefully read and understand all notes and disclaimers provided therein.

I understand that IREX reserves the right to verify all the information listed in the application. I understand that giving false or misleading information in the application will result in exclusion from the competition or immediate dismissal from the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program (YALI).

Also, I acknowledge that I am aware of the following requirements that I must observe if I am selected for the program:

  1. I must abide by all program rules and regulations and observe all the laws of the United States during my stay there, including returning to my home country for at least two years at the conclusion of the program in compliance with J-1 visa requirements.
  2. The health benefits coverage provided to me during my travels is intended only for emergencies and does not cover pre-existing and dental conditions.
  3. My spouse, children, other relatives or individuals are not permitted to accompany me to the United States on the program.