Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

"Knowledge acquired improves a person. Knowledge applied improves the world."

The Pulte Institute for Global Development has been a proud Institute Partner for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders since the establishment of the program in 2014. To date, the Pulte Institute has hosted 150 fellows from 36 countries for a six-week Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. 

Due to the current global health situation, and with the safety and well-being of Fellows and Partners as the highest priority, the U.S. Department of State postponed the 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship until summer 2021. Applicants for the 2020 Fellowship who were selected as Finalists and Alternates have been notified that they are eligible to defer their participation until summer 2021.

This is an emerging situation, and we encourage you to continue to check the Mandela Washington Fellowship’s website periodically for future program updates.

IREX, the cooperative agency that implements the Mandela Washington Fellowship, and Pulte Institute for Global Development are operating and open globally, and our team members are working virtually.  Please contact Jennifer Krauser at with any additional questions.  The Fellowship Team at IREX may be reached at