The University of Wisconsin–Madison is among 38 universities selected as hosts for the Mandela Washington Fellowship in summer 2017. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) brings 1,000 leaders from sub-Saharan Africa to US universities for academic discussion, leadership training, and community engagement.
For the second year in a row, Fellows at UW-Madison will have the opportunity to participate in a public management and leadership institute, learning from Wisconsin’s accredited scholars and professionals as well as participating in various site visits featuring government entities, non-profits, businesses and other organizations around the state.
The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. According the to US State Department, Fellows represented all 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016, fifty percent were women, 30 percent came from rural areas and 66 Fellows identified as having a disability.
LOCAL RESOURCE GUIDE
The African Studies Program seeks a Local Resource Guide to provide cultural adaptation guidance to Fellows for the duration of the six-week Institute. This work may include guidance mediating cross-cultural challenges, navigating the American medical system and accessing various other local resources. Approx. 15 hours/week. Applications to open spring 2018.
OFFICE & COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
The African Studies Program seeks an Office Management and Communications Intern to assist with the 2017 MWF-YALI program. Duties will include making travel arrangements for guest speakers, organizing events, coordinating publicity, file and database management, and other office logistics or communications tasks as needed. Position to begin around April 15 and needed until Aug. 15, with the option to stay on until early September. Applications to open spring 2018.
ACADEMIC SESSION PRESENTERS
Academic sessions provide Fellows with an overview of American public management and leadership including public finance, rule of law, education, public health, environment, public sector transparency and accountability, and foreign policy. Fellows use case studies to engage in comparative discussion between their home countries.
COMMUNITY PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Community partners include local organizations who are willing to share their work with the Fellows, both through education and discussion, as well as experiential learning and service. The purpose of these visits is not only to serve and network, but also to expose Fellows to the inner-workings of American organizations and workplaces.
PEER COLLABORATOR CONNECTORS
The African Studies Program seeks five small group networking leaders for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship. Group leaders should be located in or near the Madison area and available for weekly lunches (provided) on Wednesdays between June 21-July 26, 2017 to assit Fellows in facilitating meetings with individuals and organizations in the Madison area. Ideal candidates should be interested in cultural exchange and well-connected to some portion of a local Madison professional or academic community. Connections in health, policy, law, social services, education or media preferred. Role will require 1-2 hours of email outside of Wednesday luncheons, and a one-time, $500 payment will be provided. Applications to open spring 2018.
In order to promote mutual understanding and collaboration between US and African citizens, The African Studies Program seeks collaborators interested in connecting regularly with Fellows during their time in Madison. Peer Collaborators will build relationships with individual Fellows and help to ease the transition to life in Madison. Throughout the six-week fellowship, Peer Collaborators will get to know the Fellows both professionally and personally by meeting periodically to share ideas and promote intercultural understanding.
The African Studies Program is seeking volunteers to help the Fellows with small trips such as shopping for personal needs, attending religious services, or exploring Madison and surrounding areas. If you would be interested in providing transportation and spending a short block of time with a Fellow or two, please complete this brief interest survey.
COMMUNITY HOST DINNERS
The African Studies Program seeks families or individuals interested in hosting 1-2 Fellows for family host dinners throughout the six-week institute. If interested, please indicate your availability here and our staff will follow-up to confirm.
For questions about any of these opportunities or to be considered, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is made possible only by the support of many partners, both on and off-campus.
- Global Health Institute
- The Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS)
- The International Division
- La Follette School of Public Affairs
- Law School, UW-Madison
- Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
- Office of Strategic Consulting, UW-Madison
- Provost’s Office
- School of Education, UW-Madison
Mandela Fellows at UW-Madison periodically share their experiences on campus and in the community, as well as what they are working on or have learned since returning home. Check out the latest blog posts here.
- “African professionals, activists among 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows at UW-Madison,” University of Wisconsin-Madison News, 06/12/2017.
- “UW-Madison selected to host young African leaders in summer 2017,” UW-Madison International Division News, 02/17/2016.
- “UW Campus Hosts 25 Young African Leaders,” UW-Madison International Division News, 6/17/2016.
- “IIP, Mandela Washington Fellowship Collaboration Provides Students Professional Experiences in Africa,” UW-Madison African Studies Program, 2/12/2018.
- “Presidential Visit Sparks Conservation Discussions,” UW-Madison International Division, 8/3/2017.
- “Botswana president receives Global Citizen Award,” UW-Madison News, 7/31/2017.
- “One Health idea gives Young African fellows new ways to promote health,” Global Health Institute, 7/26/2017.
- “Ambassador Linda-Thomas Greenfield Calls Mandela Washington Fellows ‘Africa’s Future,'” UW-Madison International Division, 6/29/2017.
- “UW Health nurse receives first-ever Nelson Mandela Fellowship (Reciprocol Exchange Award),” WISC-TV News3, 03/13/2017.
- “From Wisconsin to Africa, UW nurse changes classrooms, but not curriculum,” The Badger Herald, 02/10/2017.
- “2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship, UW collaboration continues through Reciprocal Exchange Award,” Global Health Institute News, 12/22/2016.
- “‘Tech will take over,’ giving rural Africans access to health care,” Global Health Institute News, 12/5/2016.
- “World shrinks as UW, African colleagues find common ground in HIV/AIDS,” Global Health Institute News, 10/5/2016
- “Research, rankings and recognition highlight UW-Madison’s summer break,” UW-Madison News, 9/6/2016.
- “Mandela Washington Fellows learn leadership during visit to UW,” UW-Madison News, 8/12/2016.
- “Mandela Washington Fellows: The Future Face of Africa, Part 2,” Capital City Hues, 8/18/2016.
- “Mandela Washington Fellows: The Future Face of Africa,” Capital City Hues, 8/4/2016.
- “2016 African Association of Madison/African Women’s Association Annual Picnic: Extended Family Gathering,” Capital City Hues, 7/21/2016.
If interested in featuring the UW-Madison Mandela Washington Fellowship in your print or online news source, contact Meagan Doll at email@example.com.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. government and is
supported in its implementation by IREX. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a sub-grantee of IREX and is supporting the U.S.-based academic program of the Fellowship.