South Africa-Washington International Program 2017 for Emerging Leaders from South Africa (Funded to Washington D.C. USA)

Application Deadline: 14 February 2017 CAT

The South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) will be recruiting a team of emerging leaders from across all disciplines from the universities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape. The selected 20 team members participate in a demanding seven-month development experience which includes community engagement and six-weeks of global and work exposure in Washington, DC.

Eligibility Requirements:

SAWIP candidates:

  • May be from any academic discipline
  • Must be South African citizens or permanent residents
  • Must be in their second year (or beyond) of university
  • Must be prepared for a high demand programme
  • Must be available to participate in the international component of the program from 10 June to 24 July 2017
  • Must be between the age of 19 – 25 years
  • Must be currently studying at the University of Cape Town, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Pretoria or the University of the Western Cape
  • Must have a record of community engagement and leadership, with a strong service ethic
  • Should envisage themselves as future leaders in South Africa

Selection Process:

  • The 75 most outstanding are invited to interview before a panel of SAWIP board members, staff, and representatives from participating universities. Up to 40 short-listed candidates are then invited to participate in a three-day selection camp.
  • Selection follows a transparent and democratic process. Within two days after the camp, all candidates are notified of the selection outcome.
  • An orientation camp with the final group of 20 marks the beginning of each SAWIP team.
  • Here they are introduced to the major elements of the SAWIP program, the expectations and intended outcomes, and make a commitment to SAWIP values and full participation.

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  1. […] The South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) inspires, develops and supports a diverse new generation of young South African leaders who have a history of serving others with humility and integrity and ambition to be active citizens and servant leaders. Through a richly varied program of service activities and hands-on leadership opportunities as well as skills development, these emerging leaders establish a trust based on shared experience with their team that transcends racial, socio-economic, religious and other boundaries. […]


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