Tulane to host President Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

April 28, 2014

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

Tulane University has been selected as a host institution for President Barack Obama’s Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative.

The program will bring 500 of Africa’s most promising young leaders aged 25 to 35 to top U.S. universities for academic programs and leadership training in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership or public management. Tulane will host 25 fellows from Sub-Saharan Africa for a six-week academic institute on civic leadership.

The program includes lectures in health, education, environmental studies, geography, music and demographics. It also includes service placements with area nonprofits, and presentations by New Orleans nonprofit, business and governmental leaders as well as activities to help participants learn more about New Orleans.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selected Tulane through a competitive process to be one of 20 Washington Fellowship host institutions that represent the excellence and diversity of higher education in the United States.

President Obama announced the Washington Fellowship in South Africa in 2013 and emphasized the importance of Africa’s youth: “We need young Africans who are standing up and making things happen not only in their own countries but around the world… Africa’s future belongs to its young people.”  

Participants in the program have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations or communities.  

The president will host a summit for the Fellows in Washington D.C. in July. A select group of 100 fellows will remain in the United States after the summit for an eight-week internship at a relevant U.S. business, NGO or government agency. The Washington Fellowship also includes programming in Africa, including networking opportunities, continued professional development and access to seed funding.

For more information about the fellowship program, visit  

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