A cohort of 25 Mandela Washington Fellows stands under a large tree outside in colorful traditional attire.

Empowering Young African Leaders

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at UC Davis


UC Davis Global Affairs has welcomed 153 young African leaders through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, hosting the fellowship since 2016. The flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), the Mandela Washington Fellowship empowers young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities.

The fellowship provides these outstanding young leaders with the opportunity to hone their skills at U.S. institution—such as UC Davis—with support for professional development after they return home.

Mandela Fellows with Chancellor
2019 UC Davis Mandela Washington Fellows with UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May.

Mandela Washington Fellowship Map of Fellows