Apply to be a Mandela Washington Fellowship Reader

IREX seeks academic and professional experts to read and score applications for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Over the course of the first five years of the Fellowship, we received over 220,000 applications for 3,700 Fellow slots, so your talents and expertise in helping score applications are greatly appreciated.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), designed to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. In the summer of 2019, the Mandela Washington Fellowship will bring up to 700 young leaders to the United States for a comprehensive, executive-style program that is designed to build skills and empower Fellows to lead their respective sectors and communities.

Expectations of Readers

Readers will be responsible for evaluating program applicants based on set guidelines and a scoring rubric for the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Readers will each read 40 applications and may receive a $100 honorarium for their service (please note that U.S. government employees, contractors, and Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni are not eligible to receive an honorarium). Please note that we are only able to pay readers who have a U.S. mailing address, and payments can only be made by check, not money transfer, due to the high cost of international money transfers.


Ideal readers are academics and/or professionals with expertise in one of the program’s thematic areas (business, civic engagement, or public management) or those who have experience working in Africa.

If you are interested in participating as a reader, please complete the application form no later than October 9, 2018. All applicants, except those from the U.S. government and Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni, will be asked to upload their resume when applying to be a reader.  We will confirm with you via e-mail whether you are selected to be a reader.

Apply here for more information

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