Mandela Washington Scholars Returning to Indiana University

(BLOOMINGTON) – Indiana University has been selected as an Institute Partner for the 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders for the fifth year in a row.

Beginning in mid-June, IU will host 25 of Africa’s bright, emerging leaders for a six-week Leadership in Civic Engagement Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The 2019 Mandela Washington Scholars in the Global and International Studies Building during their time at IU Bloomington. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement.

In 2020, Mandela Washington Fellows at IU will experience:

  • Academic coursework through partners such as the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Kelley School of Business, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Maurer School of Law.
  • Giving back to the community through service and volunteering at local nonprofits such as Hoosier Hills Food Bank, My Sister’s Closet and Indianapolis Public Libraries.
  • Site visits, including daylong networking experiences at Eli Lilly and Co. and Cook Group, rounded out by conversations with each city’s Office of the Mayor and topical discussions with the City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility.

For additional information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Leadership Institute at Indiana University, contact Teshome Alemneh at or visit the Office of International Development’s website.