2025 Mandela Washington Fellowship Call for Readers

Deadline: September 1, 2024.

The U.S. Department of State and IREX are seeking academic, professional, and regional experts to read and score applications for the 2025 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  Over the first nine years of the Fellowship, the program received nearly 434,000 applications from 49 sub-Saharan African countries for 7,200 Fellow slots. Your talents and expertise in helping score our high volume of applications are greatly appreciated!


  1. Readers will be responsible for evaluating approximately 50 applications based on set guidelines and a scoring rubric. 
  2. This is a great volunteer professional development and résumé-building opportunity for professionals or degree-seeking individuals.
  3. Readers will gain exposure to challenges and proposed solutions in sub-Saharan Africa and to key processes in international and higher education.  


  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. 
  2. U.S. Government employees and Fellowship Alumni are eligible.  
  3. Applicants for the 2024 Fellowship are not eligible to be readers.
  4. You must have consistent access to the internet and access to a computer to be a Reader. Due to the nature of the online system, it may be very difficult to read and score applications from a smartphone or tablet. 

Find more information on the OFFICIAL LINK

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