University of Wisconsin–Madison

Mandela Washington Fellowship

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is among 27 universities selected as hosts for the Mandela Washington Fellowship in summer 2018. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) brings 700 leaders from sub-Saharan Africa to US universities for academic discussion, leadership training, and community engagement.

For the third 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.

2018

Meet the fellows!

2018 Mandela Fellows pose with Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) and Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) during a visit to the Wisconsin State Capitol. (Photo by Meagan Doll / UW-Madison)

2017

Meet the fellows!

2017 Mandela Fellows pose outside the Columbus, Wis. City Hall. (Photo by Catherine Reiland / African Studies Program)

2016

Meet the fellows!

2016 Mandela Fellows pose with certificates of completion during a Farewell Luncheon, organized by the UW-Madison African Studies Program. (Photo by Meagan Doll / African Studies Program)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

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.

LOCAL RESOURCE GUIDE POSITION DESCRIPTION (pdf) Deadline: May 1, 2018

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.

COMMUNITY PARTNER EXPECTATION GUIDE (pdf) Deadline: May 1, 2018

For questions about any of these opportunities or to be considered, please contact yali@africa.webhosting.cals.wisc.edu.

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.

PRESS RELEASES

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MEDIA COVERAGE

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INQUIRIES

If interested in featuring the UW-Madison Mandela Washington Fellowship in your print or online news source, contact Meagan Doll at yali@africa.webhosting.cals.wisc.edu.

2017 Mandela Fellows strike a pose for the cameras at Wisconsin Public Television during a tour of the WPT and WPR (Wisconsin Public Radio) facilities. (Photo by Meagan Doll / UW-Madison)

2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship at UW-Madison from African Studies at UW-Madison on Vimeo.

 

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.