2016 Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) for Visionary Nigerian Youths

Application Deadline: January 11th 2016

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) seeks to develop a select group of young Nigerians into ethical and impactful leaders by connecting them with mentorship, networking, training and funding opportunities over the course of an intensive fellowship year.

The CYFI fellowship is built around year-long social innovation projects that are designed by fellows and supported by the U.S. Consulate and private partners. Following successful completion of their projects, fellows remain involved with CYFI and the U.S. Consulate through the CYFI Alumni Program.

The 2016 application is open to all citizens and permanent residents of Nigeria currently residing in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Passion
    You are committed to making a significant contribution to your community and country
  • Skill & Experience
    You have a unique set of skills and experiences that you can use to make an impact
  • Strategic Thinking
    You are excited about the opportunity to launch an innovative CYFI project.
    You know how to design a project that is based on sound research, uses resources creatively, builds or improves on existing systems, and leverages partnerships with complimentary organizations
  • Vision
    You know the area of social change in which you would like to work, and you can articulate the positive change that you would like to make


  • Implement concrete, youth-oriented solutions to issues that concern you
  • Access U.S. Government resources and contacts
  • Catch the attention of American and Nigerian leaders in the public and private sectors
  • Work alongside talented and motivated peers with diverse backgrounds, but similar visions
  • Participate in CYFI Alumni Program


Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by the CYFI Board. Interviews will be held at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.


Application Deadline: January 11, 2016

Interviews : February 2016

Notification of Admission : February 2016

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) for Visionary Nigerian Youths


  1. Am proud of you guy out there trying to connect africans into the global scene… Thanks to you all. And for those of you who will take this priceless advantage hold it dear to your soul, body and spirit.
    Looking forward to when such opportunity will be extended to some of us residing in Enugu and other parts of the country. Thanks.

  2. Thank God for such a privilege, its really wonderful that something is been done to reduce unemployment, even thou that it have not yet reached my state Ebonyi, am still proud of those organising thiis, and happy for those that will be the beneficiaries, may God grant them success and the strength to do their own part


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