The 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

We are officially launching the 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship program! The MWF is open to young leaders in Ethiopia who meet the following criteria:

  • Are citizens of and residents of Ethiopia;
  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission;
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States;
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa;
  • Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. Government;
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
  • Are not already alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Please visit to start your application. Share the information with your community members. The application closes on 9 October.

2020 MWF Information Sessions in Addis Ababa and other cities


You can attend our information sessions during the application period in the following cities. MWF team and MWF alumni will be available to respond to questions from applicants at the info sessions.

Addis Ababa

September 17, September  19, September  24, September  26, October 1, October 3 and October 8

All sessions in Addis Ababa will take place at the National Archives and Library Agency (NALA), or Wemezekir from 4:00-5:30 PM.  All sessions will have a sign language interpreter and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Information sessions on September 19, September 26, and October 3 will go live on Facebook.



Friday, September 20



Semera University, Administration Building at 4:00 PM

Saturday, September 21 


Arba Minch

Tourist hotel at 9:00 AM


Mekelle University, Adi-Haqi campus, Room A-5: 101 at 9:00 AM


Adama Science and Technology University at 10:00 AM


Axum University at 10:00 AM

Monday, September 23



Jimma American Corner at 4:00 PM


Wednesday, September 25 



Ambo University main hall at 3:00 PM

Thursday, September 25 



Bamboo hotel at 9:00 AM

Thursday, September 26



Shambalala International Hotel at 9:00 AM

Sunday, September 29



Harari Education Bureau Hall at 9:00 AM


Africa Hotel at 10:00 AM

Tuesday, October 1



Haramaya University Old Senate Hall, Haramaya University Main Campus at 2:00 PM

Wednesday, October 2



South Omo zone administration office (mikir bet adarash) in front of Jinka old airport at 9:00 AM

Debre Birhan

Debre Birhan University PR Hall at 4:00 PM

Special Session for people with disabilities

Sarem Hotel at 8:30 PM

Thursday, October 3



Golden Gate hotel at 2:00 PM

Friday, October 4



Kombolcha Technology Institute, Wollo University at 9:00 AM

Saturday, October 5


Dire Dawa

Dire Dawa American Corner at 3:00 AM


Jigjiga University Seminar hall at 10:00 AM


Moyale Hospital ART Unit at 4:00 PM


Hawassa University at 2:00 Pm


Check this page regularly for list of additional cities and venue and time of the briefings.