Facebook #YALICHAT on the 2016 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship Application (October 7th – 9th 2015)

Selecting 1,000 exceptional leaders among thousands of innovative and talented professionals for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship requires a comprehensive application process.

The 2016 YALI Fellowship will train 1,000 young African leaders across three tracks, which include business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership and public management. The 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship is a six-weeks in-depth academic and leadership training at 20 top American universities.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellowship provides 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home.

To help you better understand the importance of the Fellowship and the application, Todd Haskell (Bureau of African Affairs) and Britta Bjornlund (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) will host a 3-day Facebook  #YALICHAT to answer your questions.

Post your questions for this #YALICHAT Wednesday, October 7 through Friday, October 9

Todd and Britta will take your questions about the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship on topics such as:

  • What makes a strong Fellowship candidate
  • Which Fellowship track you belong in
  • What to expect if you become a Mandela Washington Fellow

Post your questions for this #YALICHAT Wednesday, October 7 through Friday, October 9 here: www.facebook.com/YALINetwork

Application Deadline for the 2016 Mandela Fellowship is November 1st 2015.


  1. Comment:my greatest wish is to be a member of of the Nelson mandela fellowship so as to be trained and thereafter change the face of Africa where it is lacking


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