Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at UC Davis

2019 Mandela Fellows

Empowering Young African Leaders


UC Davis Global Affairs has welcomed young African leaders from the Mandela Washington Fellowship since 2016. The flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the Mandela Washington Fellowship empowers young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities.

The fellowship provides these outstanding young leaders with the opportunity to hone their skills at U.S. institution—such as UC Davis— with support for professional development after they return home. Institutes focus on leadership and skills development in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management.

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UC Davis Mandela Washington Fellows in front of the Peter J. Shields Library in 2019. Andrea Esquetini/UC Davis