South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) 2018 for emerging young leaders (Funded to Washington D.C. USA)

Application Deadline: 07 February 2018.

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.

SAWIP recruits emerging leaders across all disciplines and differences in South Africa 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 16 June to 29 July 2018
  • 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


SAWIP is a rigorous seven month leadership development program, which aims to challenge you to think broader and grow your leadership. The SAWIP program is structured around three key pillars: Active Citizenship, Ethical Servant Leadership and Community engagement. You will be expected to participate in all aspects of the program, including:
• Attendance at two workshops per week between March and May
• Attendance at of one workshop per week between August and October
• Complete 30 hours of community service
• Design and implement a community intervention
• Complete all assessments and assignments set
• Be available to for a 6 week summer program in Washington, DC between June and July
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  1. Hello

    My name is Namhla Bhenxa, I am interested in applying for the South African Washington international programme for 2020 but I don’t know how to go about it as the website is not accessible. Please assist


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