2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship : Calls for Readers for 2024 Fellowship Applications

Deadline: Unspecified

The U.S. Department of State and IREX are seeking academic, professional, and regional experts to read and score applications for the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  Over the first nine years of the Fellowship, the program received nearly 330,000 applications from 49 sub-Saharan African countries for approximately 6,500 Fellow slots.  Your talents and expertise in helping score our high volume of applications are greatly appreciated!


  1. Readers will be responsible for evaluating program applications based on set guidelines and a scoring rubric.  This is a great volunteer professional development and résumé -building opportunity for professionals or degree-seeking individuals.
  2. The reading period will begin on September 14, 2023, and will comprise up to three separate reading phases, each lasting approximately two weeks, from mid-September through early November.  Selected readers will be assigned to one of the reading phases to review approximately 40 applications.  Each application takes about 10-15 minutes to read and score; the total time commitment is estimated at 10 hours.


  1. Ideal readers are academics and/or professionals with expertise in one or more of the Fellowship’s thematic areas (business, civic engagement, or public management), or who have experience working in Africa or on sub-Saharan African issues.  U.S. Government employees and Fellowship Alumni are eligible. 
  2.  Applicants for the 2024 Fellowship are not eligible to be readers.


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