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Welcome to the Mandela Washington Fellowship Civic Leadership Institute hosted by the Department of African American Studies in partnership with the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.

Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the United States Government. The U.S. components are administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported by IREX, a U.S. non-governmental agency.