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2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship Recruitment Campaign Goes Live
August 17, 2022

Yaoundé, Cameroon — The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is now live!  The recruitment period opens on August 16 and closes on September 13, 2022, at 11:30 a.m.  All applications must be submitted online at the following address: mwfellows.info/apply

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (MWF) is the flagship exchange program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) funded by the U.S. Government.  Since 2014, 141 Cameroonians out of nearly 6,000 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Fellowship. Cameroonian participants contribute every day in improving communities across the country.  The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders with established records of innovation and positive impacts in their organizations, communities, and countries.  In 2023, the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.



The Mandela Washington Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity to:

  • Participate in a six-week academic, cultural, professional and leadership exchange program at a top U.S. university in one of three different leadership tracks: Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management;
  • Meet with U.S. Government, civic, and business leaders and;
  • Be a part of a dynamic network with opportunities for continued leadership and career enhancement.

All prospective applicants are invited to a virtual information session on August 26, at 11:30 a.m. on the Embassy Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/yaounde.usembassy/.
This is a unique opportunity to learn more about writing strong applications.

For more information on U.S. educational and exchange opportunities, including the Mandela Washington Fellowship, please visit:  https://cm.usembassy.gov/education/.