UT Austin to Host 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The International Office at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce that it has been selected as an institute partner for the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  Beginning in mid-June, UT Austin will host 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging Business and Entrepreneurship leaders for a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. This is the fifth consecutive year that UT Austin has been selected to be Institute Partner.

“We are excited to welcome the fifth cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellowship of Young African Leaders to The University of Texas at Austin in June,” said Dr. Teri Albrecht, director of internal administration at the International Office. “The Mandela Washington Fellowship Program is a great example of the high caliber of international students and entrepreneurs that come to UT Austin, and our business and entrepreneurship institute showcases UT’s meaningful and tangible impact on the world.”

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement. Since 2014, the U.S. Department of State has brought 3,000 young leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa to the United States to develop their leadership skills and foster connections and collaborations with U.S. professionals. The cohort of Fellows hosted by UT Austin will be part of a larger group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted at 27 institutions across the United States this summer. These exceptional young leaders will meet at the end of their Institutes in Washington, D.C. for the fifth annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they will take part in networking and panel discussions with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Following the Summit, 100 Fellows will participate in six weeks of professional development training at U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, host institutions will offer academic and leadership programs that will challenge, inspire, and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa.

Some highlights of the UT Austin Business and Entrepreneurship program include connecting Fellows to various departments across campus, community service experiences, and site visits to local businesses and nonprofits.

You can meet the Fellows at a special welcome reception and networking event on Monday, June 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State and administered by IREX.  Learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellowship at UT Austin and join the conversation at #YALI2018.

For additional information, please contact Fiona Mazurenko at fiona@austin.utexas.edu.