The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs invites applications for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Professional Readers in the USA in 2022.

The U.S. Department of State and IREX seek academic, professional, and regional experts to read and score applications for the 2023 Fellowship. Readers will be responsible for evaluating program applications based on set guidelines and a scoring rubric.

Worth of Award

This is a great volunteer professional development and résumé -building opportunity for professionals or degree-seeking individuals.



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),
  • who have experience working in Africa, or on sub-Saharan African issues.
  • U.S. Government employees and Fellowship Alumni are eligible.

Kindly note that applicants for the 2023 Fellowship are not eligible to be readers.

How to Apply


Deadline: Submit the application form by September 2, 2022 to be eligible for the reading pool starting from the first phase.


Click here for more details and to apply