Mandela Washington Fellowship Returns in June

Author: Kara Kelly

Mandela Washington Fellows leverage Notre Dame’s faculty and curriculum to maximize their potential and become more effective change makers and leaders.

In addition to connecting with Notre Dame’s faculty and curriculum, the fellows link up with the South Bend community through visits to local businesses and startups, networking events, service projects, and cultural events.


Pulte is proud to announce our selection as an institute partner for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, we will host 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging business leaders for a six-week Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers participants through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement. YALI was created in 2010 and supports young Africans as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

Since 2014, the Department of State has supported nearly 5,800 Mandela Washington Fellows from across Sub-Saharan Africa to develop their leadership skills and foster connections and collaboration with U.S. professionals. The cohort of Fellows hosted by Pulte Institute will be part of a group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at 28 educational institutions across the U.S. this summer.

After their Leadership Institutes, Fellows will participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they will participate in networking and panel discussions with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Following the Summit, up to 100 competitively selected Fellows will participate in four weeks of professional development with U.S. NGOs, private companies, and government agencies.

For additional information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Leadership Institute at the Pulte Institute, please contact Administrative Director Jennifer Krauser.