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How to apply for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Application has commenced for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship program. It is open for only qualified applicants from Ogun State, Nigeria.

This opportunity is for qualified Nigerian Youths who are interested in leadership and development training. They will be trained in leadership in the public, private, and Non-governmental sectors. The training will be done in the United States (US) for a period. After it is completed. they will be supported to implement various ideas to grow their society. However, this opportunity is open only to youths in Ogun State, Nigeria. The program is for 2022 and it will be conducted by the US Consulate General in Lagos which will oversee the virtual process of selection.

Ogun State is in the South West of Nigeria which is very close to Lagos State. It is home to over 3 million people. Since it is close to the center of excellence (Lagos), Ogun State is also an industrial hub. Many youths have explored the potentials of the state through leadership and innovation. This program is meant to further improve the productivity and development of the state.

Many Alumni of the MWF program are already giving back to their society after their studies and the door of opportunities is always open. They have also been supported by the United States to execute their ideas for the betterment of society. That is why the program has gotten so much attention in Nigeria and the United Nations Mission in Nigeria is championing it.

About this Fellowship program

This flagship program of the US government‘s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) began since 2010 when it was established. YALI has led over 4000 youths from Sub-Saharan Africa to the US for studies and special training in leadership. It is the brain behind this fellowship.

It is expected that youths that have undertaken this training and studies will return to develop their home countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Funding for the program is provided by the government of the United States. Under the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

How the Mandela Fellowship Program is Impacting Africa

The program is expected to train no fewer than 100 youths selected after a very competitive process. They will work in the private, public, and non-governmental sectors for 6 weeks with intensive training. There will be ideas sharing between the fellows and the host. This is expected to further achieve the international engagement objectives of the United States.

When fellows have been trained, citizens of the United States can come to Africa to work with fellows based on the network that was established. Its goals are not short-term but long-term as well. Hence it is a program that has built a chain of connections with like minds over many years.

Like most post-graduate programs the 2022 Mandela Washington fellowship involves a competitive process in which those interested in the program must pass through a rigorous and competitive process to get funding. It is for postgraduate students that are ready to develop their career.

Qualification (Who can Apply?)
  • Youths between ages 25 – 35 that are residents in Ogun State, Nigeria can take part in the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship. 
  • They must be from Ogun State, Nigeria to benefit from the 2022 edition of the fellowship.
  • Also, applicants must be qualified for post-graduate studies and they must have a special interest in leadership and development.

A virtual outreach session for the prospective applicant will be held at the Window on America in Abeokuta on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 12 pm. All applicants should be able to take part if requested virtually.

How to register for the program

There are various stages in applying for the 2022 Mandela Washington fellowship program, The first is to register through the link provided. This involves providing basic information such as Surname, first name, location, age, and then submit. Further instruction and guidance will be provided thereafter. There will be virtual processes during this process because of the prevailing Covid19 pandemic.

To Apply, click Ensure that only correct and current information is provided while filling the application form. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete the application process.

The closing date for registering through the link provided was not revealed but registration will close before August 3 when the virtual process will commence. 

For more inquiries about the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship,, visit to learn more about how this program that has been impacting many lives in sub-Saharan Africa.




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