Mandela Washington Fellowship

Mandela Washington Fellow Fatu Ogwuche – an international election observer in Washington, D.C.

Fatu Ogwuche, a Mandela Washington Fellow (2015), traveled to Washington, D.C., to act as an international election observer in the November 2016 U.S. presidential election. She is currently working on election projects in Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya, Liberia and the U.S. (See full bio below.) The views and opinions expressed...

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MWF Applicants: This is your best YALI Network resource for tips

In case you hadn’t heard, the deadline for submitting your application to the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship is October 26 at 16:00 UTC. For the past several weeks, the YALI Network blog has been posting advice designed to help this year’s applicants. There is a lot of information, so we...

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Mandela Washington Fellowship Tips: How do I answer the essay questions?

When you get to the essay questions in your application, don’t see them as a barrier to be overcome. Instead, consider them as an opportunity to tell reviewers about the great things you have been doing and how being a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow would benefit your community as well...

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2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Tip: What is a ‘proven record of leadership’?

A 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow from Botswana described being a recipient of the fellowship named after the former South African president and initiated by the first African-American president as “mind-blowing.” No doubt many 2017 MWF hopefuls share this sentiment as they finalize their applications (due by October 26!). They may...

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#YALICHAT Wrap-up: 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application

Experts from the U.S. Department of State answered your questions about the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship with a three-day Facebook #YALICHAT. We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions, with answers from those who know best! APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS Many of the #YALICHAT participants wanted to know if they qualified for the...

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2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Tip: How’s Your English?

Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) applicants who come from countries where English is the main language or one of the main languages have a built-in advantage when it comes to meeting the requirement to be proficient in reading, writing and speaking the language. Diane Edea, a 2016 Fellow from Benin, pointed...

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2017 Mandela Washington Fellow Application Tip: Use the YALI Network!

If you are reading this blog, following the YALI Network Facebook page or the YALI Network Face2Face group, and otherwise taking advantage of YALI’s ability to connect people online and through local events, you have a great advantage as you pursue your quest to be a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow....

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2017 Mandela Washington Fellow Application Tip: Which track should I choose?

As a Mandela Washington Fellow, you would learn a lot and meet many useful contacts over the course of six weeks on a U.S. college campus. Looking over the application, you will notice there are three separate tracks or themes of study, and you are asked to “rank the sector/track...

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Applying to be an MWF: A Message to Mandela Washington Fellow Hopefuls, Never Give Up

Alfousseni Sidibé has over seven years’ experience in the agricultural community-development sector. He served as communications manager for President Obama’s global hunger and food-security project, Feed the Future, where he focused on communication activities to inform beneficiaries about improved technologies to increase income. In 2016, Alfousseni joined the USAID Mali...

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