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Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Consortium, or IHE to
Plan and Administer a Fellowship for Community Leaders in Africa

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U.S. Department of State (DOS) - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

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04/23/21 11:59 PM EST


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization, a consortium of organizations, or an institution of higher education to plan and administer a fellowship for young community leaders in Africa. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of the fellowship is to prepare participants for leadership roles and strengthen ties between Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State is seeking proposal submissions for one cooperative agreement to design, implement, and oversee the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The award recipient will be responsible for planning and administering all components and aspects of the Mandela Washington Fellowship including six-week Leadership Institutes at U.S. campuses for approximately 700 Fellows, a Summit for all Fellows, Professional Development Experiences (PDEs) for approximately 100 Fellows, follow-on alumni activities, and a Reciprocal Exchange component that includes at least 100 American participants. Under this award, the first group of Fellows would travel to the United States for the Leadership Institutes in summer 2022. The award recipient should design the Fellow application materials, develop an outreach and recruitment plan, receive and screen applications in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, and oversee the final Fellow selection and placement process. The recipient will recruit, select, and oversee the U.S. host institutions that will implement the Leadership Institutes in one of three themes: Business, Civic Engagement, or Public Management.

The Leadership Institutes should be six weeks long and should take place at an accredited U.S. college or university. The Institutes should provide groups of 25 young African leaders with an intensive academic course on one of the three themes, as well as include robust leadership development components, networking opportunities, community service activities, site visits, and cultural enrichment.

The Summit should take place at either the beginning or the end of the Institutes for three or four days. The PDEs are professional placements at relevant U.S. businesses, nongovernmental organizations, or U.S. government agencies and should take place after the Leadership Institute and Summit. The Reciprocal Exchange component should provide small grants to approximately 100 Americans to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to build upon strategic partnerships and professional connections developed during the Mandela
Washington Fellowship in the United States.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194753

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Estimated Size of Grant:

FY 2021 base year, up to $16,950,000; FY 2022 Non-Competitive Continuation year one, up to $16,950,000, pending successful performance and the availability of funds; FY 2023 Non-Competitive Continuation year two, up to $16,950,000, pending successful performance and the availability of funds.
Approximate Total Funding: $50,850,000.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Award Date: June 1, 2021
Anticipated Project Completion Date: November 30, 2025. This date reflects the anticipated duration of the award – one base year plus two non-competitive continuation years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ECA welcomes applications from U.S. public and private nonprofit organizations, consortium of organizations, and accredited post-secondary U.S. education institutions meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).

Bureau grant guidelines require that organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges be limited to $130,000 in Bureau funding. ECA anticipates making one award, in an amount over $130,000, to support program and administrative costs required to implement this exchange program. Therefore, organizations with less than four years of experience in conducting international exchanges are ineligible to apply under this competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline Date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Applicants have until midnight 11:59 p.m. Washington, D.C. time of the closing date to ensure that their entire application has been uploaded to the site.

Applications may only be submitted electronically through Complete solicitation packages are available at in the “Search Grants” portion of the system.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Please contact Program Officer Jessica Zanikos to request a Solicitation Package. The Solicitation Package contains the Proposal Submission Instruction (PSI) document which consists of required application forms and standard guidelines for proposal preparation.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program contact:
Program Officer Jessica Zanikos, Office of Academic Exchange Programs,
ECA/A/E/USS, SA-5, 4th floor, U.S. Department of State, 2200 C Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20037
Telephone: 202-374-6991

Grants Division
U.S. Department of State
2200 C Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-0582
Tel: (202) 632-6000
Fax: (202) 632-6475

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