Mandela Washington Fellowship Program
U.S Based Activities & Fellow Opportunities
Each year, the Fellows participate in six-week Leadership Institutes, studying Business,
Civic Engagement, or Public Management at U.S. colleges or universities. During their
time on campus, Fellows connect with Americans and enrich local U.S. communities while
sharing best practices.
Thus far TTU has been selected to participate in the Public Management Tract.
Read About two 2022 Fellows personal journies as they navigated their Fellowships here at Texas Tech - Read
2022 Mandela Alumni Oluwatosin Oke during his ride along with Lubbock police dept.
Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit
After the Institutes, Fellows convene for a multi-day Summit in Washington, D.C.,
where they forge connections with one another and U.S. leaders from the private, public,
and non-profit sectors, setting the stage for long-term engagement between the United
States and Africa.
Professional Development Experience
Following the Summit, a group of competitively-selected Fellows remains in the United
States for four weeks to work with private, public, and non-profit organizations.
Both Fellows and Hosts benefit from discussing shared issues and challenges in their
sectors, broadening their perspectives, and positioning U.S. organizations for international
Americans have the opportunity to apply to travel to Africa to collaborate on projects with Fellows, building upon connections initiated while Fellows were in the United States. These partnerships and professional connections are intended to form lasting relationships, expand markets and networks, and increase mutual understanding.
Opportunities for Alumni
Fellowship Alumni continue to build on the skills and connections developed during
their program through access to ongoing professional development, networking, and
collaboration opportunities with support from the U.S. Department of State and affiliated
partners. Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni form a vibrant network of young African
leaders with the skills and motivation to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic
governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.
2022 Mandela Alumni Tsholo Angel was invited to represent TTU at the Forbes Under 30 in Botswana
For more information on Opportunities for Alumni please visit the Mandela Washington website
The Mandela Washington Program
The Mandela Washington Fellowship, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought nearly 5,800 young leaders from every
country in Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States for academic and leadership training.
Ideal candidates are self-identified leaders, aged 25 to 35, with proven accomplishments in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.