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Applications Open for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders | Deadline is 27th January, 2014



Do you remember we published a piece on the 3 tips to help guide your application for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders? {Click here if you missed it}

We’re pleased to announce that the applications are now open!

Read the Press Release Here:
U.S. Embassy Abuja is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) will be accepted until January 27 at  Qualified applicants must be 25 to 35 years old, proficient in spoken and written English, and resident in Nigeria.  Dual citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible.  There are no application fees.

The YALI program has three tracks:  business and entrepreneurship; public management; and civic leadership.  Individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the public, private, or non-profit sector are ideal candidates.  Five hundred selected YALI Fellows from throughout Africa will travel to the United States in mid-2014 to participate in a six-week program at a U.S. university with 500 young African leaders.

President Obama and leaders from government, business, and the non-profit sector will participate in a YALI summit.  Some YALI Fellows will remain in the program for up to an additional eight weeks after their university program to participate in internships in the United States and elsewhere.  Upon their return home, YALI Fellows will continue to build the skills they developed during their U.S. coursework through continued networking, professional development, seed funding, and community service.

The intent of the YALI initiative is to advance U.S. understanding of and access to Africa’s youth population and encourage African youth to contribute to economic, political, and social development at home.  The Obama administration created YALI in 2010 as a means of prioritizing U.S. government efforts to empower the next generation of African leadership.  The Department of State has supported YALI since 2010 through a series of high profile fora with youth leaders, including the President’s Young African Leaders Forum, the First Lady’s Young African Women Leaders Forum, and the Young African Leaders Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership, in addition to more than 2,000 African youth programs.

Hurry and start putting your application together! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.

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  1. Sexxie

    January 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Finished my application yesterday. Good luck fellow Nigerians.

    • Zinny

      January 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Hey Sexxie, please how did you apply? The APPLY link is not

    • Wayinoma

      March 19, 2014 at 9:10 am

      @sexxie have you gotten any word from them about your application status?

  2. nicholas

    January 5, 2014 at 9:43 pm



    January 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    This will be a great exposure to good information

  4. Stephanie

    January 6, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Thanks Bella

  5. eni

    January 6, 2014 at 10:19 am

    This is awesome!!!
    Great information…main reason I love bellanaija

  6. bidemi

    January 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    oh ok. nice one

  7. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    January 7, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Tanx bella naija, what a great innovative opportunity


    January 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    It will be of greate importans to the whole African continent and its leadership later.


    January 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    It will be greate event ever to the african youth leadership and democracy

  10. talemwa allan

    January 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    i like the plat form for the leaders

  11. Odunola,Oludayo B.Daniel

    January 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    this is a good initiative to engaged,empower african & world youths

  12. Maximilien BIZIMANA

    January 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    May God bless you and I will be joyfull for being chosen among athers

  13. yasin xashan dahir

    January 21, 2014 at 11:49 am

    it is very great full success of chance to be one of them so that i am very gland to thank man who behan this idea

  14. mahamoud muse awale

    January 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    is it essential time and chance for the african youth and whole continental, so that i am very interesting

    • mahamoud muse awale

      January 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      my allah guide his to the truth path i think this will continue investment of african development and network growing

  15. hussein ibrahim omar

    January 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    its a golden opportunity to young african people for developing both their country and community as well.

  16. Seidu Iddrisu

    January 22, 2014 at 3:42 am

    I am deaf man as would be very grateful this YALI Disability for developing our country and help to people with disabilities in an economy.

  17. chioma uwalaka

    January 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I have just applied. I wish me luck and every other candidate. God Bless

  18. Nergio das Dores Filomena Muchave

    January 23, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I will be very glad to share this unique moment because i
    will definately learn a lot. Peace

  19. Nergio das Dores Filomena Muchave

    January 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I will be glad to share this unique moment because i will
    definately learn a lot. Peace out

  20. Nergio das Dores Filomena Muchave

    January 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    This is going to be amazing sharing this greate and unique
    moment. Peace out

  21. Ghalibu Hamidu Aboubakari

    January 24, 2014 at 2:16 am

    i wish Africans will wake up and work for their

  22. Vusamahlubi Hadebe

    January 26, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Very good initiative. I hope it will further give an opportunity to the young leaders to have small ensembles in their respective countries so as to have comparisons on how to change for the better in their own countries way.

  23. Bacha Mahamoud Abdi

    January 26, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I am glad to president Obama about his interesting to young African , I hope to visit white house and America


    January 27, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Am a Youth fellowship Leader in one of our Church RCCG Miracle Center in Nigeria and am intrested in coming for the programme. l’m glad for united in God things.

  25. Adefila Folashade Adesola

    January 28, 2014 at 12:10 am

    My year of overflow n double perfection


    January 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

    i will like to be part of this programe

  27. Fasil and Fasil

    January 30, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Really , a great chance to test cultural diversity and experience sharing in light of the academic mechanism in the training which empowered the young leaders of Africa who will take the continent .Additionally it will be a forum discussing and idea sharing between the participant each other how we will solve people problems like poverty , people relation and conflict and justice and good governance etc . i pray to be part of it .

  28. WATARA Abdourahime

    February 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    we need your assistance,so don’t forgive us.watara abdourahime togo

  29. i am member of young African leaders , and i am very like it ! because all african people’s are can do all things and they can govern by self governor’s !

  30. maxwell okuta

    March 6, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I thank God for this program from the U.S govt. It is a good gesture I pray that God allows me to be part of it. I am a Kenyan citizen thank you all

  31. mabandha romeo

    April 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    i cant wait to be part of this lot. we meet.

  32. NINA

    April 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Washington Fellowship of YALI is to Bring Africa’s Young Leaders to the D.C. for a 6-week encounter. However I don’t understand the level of grammatical errors I see and can only hope these respondents did not apply for the program!
    Although English is not our first language, but we have been taught in English and a certain level of proficiency is expected for an average University/Polytechnic graduate.

    If President Barack Obama asks for our contribution or for you to make a public speech, na dis kain Engrish una go dey speak? Hian!

    That being said …

    • vanessa

      January 22, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Hello, please how can one apply?

  33. NINA

    April 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    …that being said, I was called for interview early March and still waiting to hear from them. I just learnt the selection process had ended and successful applicants will be reached from this month until early in May.
    I am near fever-pitch excitement but it’s all in God’s hands. It is a life changing opportunity and I wish everyone the very best.

    NB: I interviewed in Abuja and applied for the academic institutes in this order:
    Public Management
    Civic Leadership
    Business & Entrepreneurship

  34. Mary

    May 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I request information of my application did on Jan 2014

  35. Emeka Udechukwu

    May 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I request information on my application in February 2014

  36. Daniel Bekele

    October 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I have solution after Mandela Washington fellowship. Good opportunity for Africa also USA Young. I have solution Before I have another solution After from Ethiopia

    • Daniel Bekele

      October 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      I have solution before Mandela Washington Fellowship. I have another solution After Mandela Washington Fellowship For My community !! GOOD OPPORTUNITY

  37. Ayanniran Felix Oluwaseum

    October 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Am moved to hear all these

  38. Ayanniran Felix Oluwaseun

    October 30, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Am fellowship leader and happy to hear a program like this. Very impactful and futuristicd.

  39. Ayanniran Felix Oluwaseun

    October 30, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I love the progrm and would like to be part of it.Thank

  40. emmanuel uduak

    October 31, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    i wan to be part of the program as my favorite program and also participet in any lecture or seminar conducting under the program in other to become one of the African leaders tomorrow .


    November 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I would like to be part of this program,as the young african leader

  42. mohamud osman

    November 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    my name mohamud Osman I am member African youth leaders specially Somalia so it is very important Africa have young leaders
    it must have youth Africa union that is our goal

  43. Willie Quiqui

    November 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I am glad to participate in this gone fellowship by filling up my application and have it submitted a day ago. To all my past fellow, plz keep me in prayers to be selected.

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