Mandela Washington Fellowship
Mandela Washington Fellowship
Young African Leaders Initiative at UD
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative and embodies the United States’ commitment to invest in the future of Africa. Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth and enhancing peace and security in Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the United States Government, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX, a U.S. non-governmental agency. The Mandela Washington Fellowship at the University of Delaware is administered by the Center for Global Programs and Services, in collaboration with other academic and professional units on campus.
UD is Honored to Host Fellows Again This Summer!
Learn About UD's 2023 Plans
Read the recent UDaily article about this year's program.
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We'll be sharing more about the Fellows on @UDGlobal this summer, using #YALI2023.
History of the Young African Leaders Initiative at UD
Each year since 2014 - with the exception of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic - 500 to 1,000 young African leaders have participated in Institutes at universities across the U.S. in three focus areas: civic leadership, public management and business and entrepreneurship. Academic coursework and leadership training in each of these sectors focus on the skills Fellows need to start and grow businesses, serve their communities and manage the public sector.
The University of Delaware is proud to host Mandela Washington Fellows each summer. The UD leadership team addresses a different theme each week, including communication and social media, good governance, advocacy, social entrepreneurship and leadership.
The Fellows conclude their program at UD with a summit in Washington, D.C. with other Fellows from across the United States for networking and panel discussions with leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors.
UD Leadership Team
Nike Olabisi | Academic Co-Director
Jessica Edwards | Academic Co-Director
Tracy Jentzsch | Administrative Co-Director
Colin Miller | Administrative Co-Director
The Mandela Washington Fellowship program at UD is administered by the Center for Global Programs and Services
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by the University of Delaware. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is supported in its implementation by IREX. Bridgewater State University is a sub-grantee of IREX and is supporting the U.S.-based academic program of the Fellowship.
The University of Delaware is an East Coast classic. Our location, midway between New York City and Washington, DC, allows Fellows access to meaningful connections, resources and opportunities. Delaware’s picture-perfect and ideal-sized campus is a walkable, historic space with grand architecture and a central green lawn (called “The Green”) for informal gathering and special events. Our home is the iconic college town of Newark, Delaware whose Main Street is lined with shops, cafes and restaurants. Together, these attributes create a secure and welcoming environment for all members of the University community.