The United States Embassy in Accra has announced that applications are opened for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship.
It said applications for the six-week Leadership Training full scholarship programme opened yesterday and will close at 4 p.m on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 and applicants can register on https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/apply/.
The US Embassy in press release copied to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, said the programme was opened to individuals between the ages of 25-35.
It said the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship programme of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and was launched by President Obama in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity; strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.
“In previous years, young leaders associated with police forces, the military and ministries of defence were ineligible to apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship. This restriction has been lifted in the 2017, and such applicants are encouraged to apply,” the statement said.
The statement said following the academic component of the Fellowship, participants would visit Washington D.C for a high-level summit and during the three-day event, Fellows would take part in networking and panel discussions with U.S leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
It said upon returning to Ghana, Fellows would continue to build the skills they had developed during the time in the U.S through support from the U.S Embassy, the YALI Regional Leadership center in Accra, the YALI Network, and customised programming from USAID and affiliated partners.
The statement said Mandela Washington Fellows would have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentoring, networking and training, and seed funding to support their ideas, business, and organisations.
It revealed that successful applicants should have a proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement, a demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship, the ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinion of others.
The others, the statement mentioned were strong social and communication skills, an energetic, positive attitude, demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected and a commitment to return home and apply the leadership skills and training to benefit Ghana.