Mandela Washington Fellowship

Flagship Program of the Young African Leaders Initiative

June 16 – July 31, 2017

This summer, the IPJ will be a host for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). These young African leaders, between the ages of 25 and 35, are chosen as fellows because of their established records of accomplishment. Through the fellowship, 1,000 emerging leaders from sub-Saharan Africa will come to the United States to engage in academic coursework, leadership training, networking opportunities and service learning.

The University of San Diego is one of 38 universities, and the only university in Southern California, selected to host a Mandela Fellows Leadership Institute — this summer’s Social Entrepreneurship Institute (USD-SEI). Fellows here — 25 leaders from 20 African countries — will each develop an idea for a viable social enterprise that they can launch or scale in their home country. USD-SEI will culminate in the Mandela Challenge, where the fellows will pitch their social enterprise ideas to a team of local judges from the private and nonprofit sectors. Upon completion of USD-SEI, fellows will continue to build the skills developed during their residency with support from U.S. embassies, YALI, the Department of State and affiliated partners.

The IPJ is working with the San Diego Diplomacy Council and USD's Center for Peace and Commerce and School of Leadership and Education Studies to deliver a unique and innovative residency experience for these young leaders.

This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and IREX.