Mandela Washington Fellowship

The University of Delaware’s Institute for Global Studies has announced that it has been selected for the second year as a Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders partner. Beginning in mid-June, UD will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging civic leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute.

2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application is closed now.


Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the countries that are mentioned on website
  • Individuals residing in Eritrea and Zimbabwe may not apply to the Public Management track .Residents of Sudan may only apply for the Civic Leadership track

Selection Process:

  • The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition.
  • After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel.
  • Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries.
  • If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Contact Information: For more information on this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, contact Dan Bottomley, associate director for grants and contracts at the Institute for Global Studies.


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