Considering or Applying For Mandela Washington Fellowship /Yali2016?

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The Mandela Washington Fellowship #yali2016 Applications are now open.

Click here to apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship YALI 2016

Hey everyone, couple of you have requested for tips on how to apply for the Mandela Washington fellowship. I’m sorry, I can’t respond to each and every request independently so here are some tips for all of you from one of the fellowship alumni.

As an alumni of the fellowship, here are some things I think you should bear in mind when preparing your application.
1. Story of change: what’s your driving force? What motivates you to do the work you do? What’s your story? Do not spend a paragraph on this. Trust me, a line is more than sufficient.

2. Understand the questions asked: Don’t be too quick to provide answers to the questions. Understand the questions asked as every question is aimed at discovering certain things about you as an individual and leader.

3. Demonstrate practical knowledge of the needs of your community: Let your writing show you understand the problem of your community, connect the problem to real life stories and situations to drive home your point and let your solution not be in doubt.


4. Display you are a leader that takes initiative. Communities across Africa have varying challenges. In your own little corner of the world, before the opportunity to apply for this fellowship, tell about how you have been helping your community solve pressing problems.


5. Proofread your application: Every year, thousands of applicants apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The applications are not scored by robots or machines, they are scored by human beings which is why you should really proofread your application and rid them of errors so you do not turn off the markers.


6. Don’t confuse the marker: A lot of times we are involved in a series of businesses as well as running different NGOs which in many cases are unrelated. For example, you could be selling fabrics, be into waste management, run an NGO on climate change and still want to keep girls in school. Completing the application may be a real challenge to you as you may want to put in all your various aspects into the application. This may only end up confusing the marker. Let there be a sequential flow in your thoughts and writings so you don’t get the marker scrolling up to check your name and be sure he’s still scoring the same application he started out with.

This article was written by #Yali2014 Alumni Adepeju Jaiyeoba

Mandela Washington Fellow 2015 CAU

Click here to apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship YALI 2016