2018 Mandela Washington Fellows pose together as a group in Rowling Hall.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The University of Texas at Austin has hosted the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (MWF-YAL) since its launch in 2014. As the flagship program of the U.S. Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), fellows gain the skills and connections needed to accelerate their career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

During their six weeks on the Forty Acres, 25 emerging leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa are immersed in a world-class Business and Leadership Institute developed in collaboration with the McCombs School of Business. This dynamic and holistic program design increases the fellows’ business acumen to address the complex issues facing the continent with the expressed goal of shaping the future of Africa – and the world.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is the United States’ signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. MWF-YAL is a program of the United States Department of State administered by IREX.