Do you have big dreams? Of course you do, you’re on the 3RC website so that already tells us that you aren’t impressed with ordinary. More importantly do you believe with all your heart that you have what it take to be a leader? Then you might want to check out the Mandela Washington Fellowship.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is part of POTUS Barrack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that was launched in 2010. The aim of YALI and the Mandela Washington Fellowship is to increase the spread of democracy and peace in Africa.
500 young people such as yourself will gather in the United States of America in 2015 where they will receive academic teaching and training in essential leadership skills.
So how do you get in? Thankfully it’s not too complicated and the requirements are quite reasonable, check them out below:
- First off you need to be between 25 & 35 years old BUT they will consider applicants that are younger, so make sure you show them how bright you can shine if you are.
- You can’t be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States of America.
- You need to be eligible for a J-1 Visa (basically this is a Visa that allows you to study or be part of an exchange program such as this, the Fellowship will assist those that are selected for the program in getting one)
- You need to be able to read, write and speak in English, no text speak people.
- You need to be a permanent resident or citizen in one of these countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, 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, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
- Applications are done online and you will need access to a computer
- And finally you cannot have been a part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the past.
So what do you get out of this fellowship besides an awesome opportunity to change the world?
- Flights to and from the United States of America are paid for by the Fellowship.
- You will be attending an academic and leadership institute that is designed for young leaders.
- Accident and sickness benefit plan.
- Housing and meals are all taken care of and paid for by the Fellowship.
- Invitation to the annual Presidential Summit in Washington (they will transport you there as well).
Finally at the end of the end of the course 100 fellows will be selected for a 6 – 8 week internship, which we assume has something to do with politics but not much information was given in this regard.
We think this is an awesome opportunity and if you aren’t planning on studying next year and you feel you have what it takes to lead Africa into the next generation then we suggest you head over to the Irex Website and start your application.
Make sure you hurry though, applications close on 5 November 2014 and you will be notified of the status of their application in Jan or Feb of next year.