This Fellowship is President Obama Initiative which brought over 500 young leaders to United States beginning in 2014 for Leadership Training, Academic Coursework and Mentoring and will create unique opportunities in Africa to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions.
What are the Benefits?
Leaders will have the opportunity of being trained for six weeks at top American Universities and Colleges on three major focus areas:
 Business and Entrepreneurship: designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who hope to take on leadership roles within the private sector or start their own business ventures on the continent.
Civic Leadership: oriented to young Africans who are civically engaged and serve the public through non-governmental organizations, and/or volunteer or community-based organizations.
Public Management: tailored to young Africans who work or aspire to work in all levels of government, regional organizations such as the African Union, international bodies such as the United Nations, or other publicly-minded entities or think tanks.
Besides, the Fellows will have the chance to interact with the President during an annual Summit in Washington, D.C., along with other senior U.S. government, business, and civic leaders. Washington Fellows will have access to dedicated funding opportunities to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations. Over $5 million in small grants will be awarded in the first three years by the U.S. African Development Foundation to Washington Fellows seeking to start their own businesses or social enterprises. The U.S. State Department will invest an additional $5 million over the course of the program to help alumni establish or grow non-governmental organizations, undertake a project to improve their community, or work collaboratively to build the network of young African leaders, including reaching into underserved areas. USAID Regional Coordinators will connect Washington Fellows to these opportunities and leverage over $200 million in ongoing youth programs and initiatives on the continent.
There is no fee to apply to the Washington Fellowship.  If you are selected, the U.S. government will cover all participant costs.  
Financial provisions provided by the U.S. Government will include:
   J-1 visa support;
  Round-trip travel from fellow’s home city to the U.S. and other required travel;
 Customized academic and leadership institute;
 Concluding Presidential Summit in Washington, DC;
 Accident and sickness benefit plan;
  Housing and meals; and
 A potential eight-week internship at the conclusion of the academic and leadership institute (optional, and competitive for approximately 100 slots).
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Competition for the Washington Fellowship is merit-based and open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:
  •   Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although  exceptional
  • Applicants younger than 25 will be considered;
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S;
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa; 
  •  Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
  •   Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries:  
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the  Congo (DRC),  Republic of the Congo,  Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea,  Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar,  Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria,Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Individuals residing in the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Sudan, and Zimbabwe may not apply to the public management track.  Residents of Sudan may only apply for the Civic Leadership track.

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