2018 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Application Opens

Lilongwe, September 13 – The U.S. Embassy today announced that the application period for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders opened today, September 13, and will close on October 11. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is an opportunity for young Malawian leaders to enhance their professional skills, grow as leaders, and network with other like-minded young leaders from across Africa.  Applicants should be between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship will be held on university campuses across the United States in June-July 2018.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) aims to invest in the next generation of African leaders.  Annually the Mandela Washington Fellowship takes young African leaders to the United States for academic instruction, practical experience, and mentorship in the fields of public management, civic leadership, and business and entrepreneurship.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship began in 2014.  To date, 55 Malawians have participated in the Fellowship.

For more information on the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship and to apply online please visit: https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/apply/.  All applications must be submitted online by October 11, 2017.