Becas YALI Mandela Washington 2019 para Jóvenes Líderes Africanos (Totalmente Financiado por los Estados Unidos)

Plazo de solicitud: octubre 10th 2018

La beca Mandela Washington para jóvenes líderes africanos, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Iniciativa Jóvenes Líderes Africanos (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2019, the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.
The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. In 2018, Fellows represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. Twenty five Fellows identified as having a disability, and 51 percent of Fellows were women.Eligibility Requirements:Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants ages 21-24 will be considered.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Son elegibles para recibir una visa J-1 de los Estados Unidos.
  • Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government (including a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, USAID, and other U.S. Government entities).
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English. Applicants who are deaf should consult the Application Instructions for more information.
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

U.S.-based activities

Leadership Institutes: Each Mandela Washington Fellow takes part in a six-week Leadership Institute at a U.S. college or university in one of three tracks: Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management. The intensive model includes linkages between academic sessions, site visits, professional networking opportunities, leadership training, community service, and organized cultural activities.

Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit: Following the academic component of the Fellowship, the Fellows visit Washington, D.C., for a Summit featuring networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Professional Development Experience: Seventy selected Fellows remain in the United States to participate in a four-week Professional Development Experience with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and governmental agencies that relate to their professional interests and goals. The PDE is designed to give Fellows practical training and the opportunity to learn transferable skills, expand their professional networks, and apply concepts learned at their Institutes to real-world situations in the U.S. context.

Africa-based activities

Upon returning to their home countries, Fellows continue to build the skills they have developed during their time in the United States through support from U.S. embassies, four Regional Leadership Centers, the YALI Network, and customized programming from USAID, the Department of State, and affiliated partners. Through these experiences, select Mandela Washington Fellows have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentoring, networking and training, and support for their ideas, businesses, and organizations. Fellows may also apply for their American partners to travel to Africa to continue project-based collaboration through the Reciprocal Exchange Component.

Criterios de selección

Los paneles de selección utilizarán los siguientes criterios para evaluar las aplicaciones (no en orden de importancia):

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business, or civic engagement.
  • Un compromiso demostrado con el servicio público o comunitario, el voluntariado o la tutoría.
  • La capacidad de trabajar cooperativamente en diversos grupos y respetar las opiniones de los demás.
  • Fuertes habilidades sociales y de comunicación.
  • Una actitud enérgica y positiva.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, interest in, and professional experience in the preferred sector/track.
  • Un compromiso de regresar a África y aplicar habilidades de liderazgo y capacitación para beneficiar al país o la comunidad del solicitante una vez que regrese a casa.

Línea de tiempo

Septiembre 12, 2018 | Application opens
10 de octubre de 2018 | Application closes
2018 diciembre a febrero 2019 | Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
Late March 2019 | Applicants are notified of their status
Mayo, 2019 | Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for finalists
A mediados de junio 2019 | Fellowship begins in the United States

Para más información:

Visite la página web oficial de la beca YALI Mandela Washington 2019


  1. I am a young man of age 31, I was born at Cape Coast on 29 December 1986 . My passion is to see to it that children between the ages of 7 to 15 have better education since they find it very easy to consume much at this stage . This passion of my grew when I was offering my national service in a village here in Ghana called Odembo in Central Region.I personally organized an extra studies for them because the parents were not prepared to pay. I believe with your help I can do much better.Hope to hear from you soon.

  2. Education is powerful vehicule for developement and one of the best ways to reduce poverty, raise health levels Promote. The YALI programme is a boon for African youth to strengten thier capacity-building links on the Community scale.
    Saludos cordiales.
    Consultant Developement Pôles
    Central Africa Republic(CAR)

  3. I am a young man of age 30, from the Republic of Côte dXCHARXIvoire. I am a Chartered Accountancy professional and my preferred track is Leadership in Business.
    I am currently working with a solar energy company as the Financial and Administrative Manager.
    I am also working on a project of creation of rice production units in my community, and I would like to emplement this project up to 2019.
    My long term goal is to create my own company and help my community to be economically independent.For my dream is to become a Leader in Business and fight against poverty in the world.
    To conclude, I would like to congratulate the initiators of YALI for these opportunities they are giving to the African youth: opportunities to make a better Africa. And this mission is in our hands.

  4. Hello, IXCHARXm was born at Conakry capital of Guinea on 19 December 1995 , I am 22 years old, I like study to improve my knowledge, I dream to be a famous because I love helping people . I know that, it isnXCHARXt easy to be poor thatXCHARXs my status and I donXCHARXt speak English friendly because I live in French country but I promise to speak it. So need your hand to fulfill my dream towards my country . I thank you for your bravely


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