Calling Readers for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Application 2022

Deadline: September 1, 2021

Apply now to be a Reader of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Application 2022. The U.S. Department of State and IREX seek academic, professional, and regional experts to read and score applications for the 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Over the first seven years of the Fellowship, the program received nearly 300,000 applications from 49 Sub-Saharan African countries for 5,100 Fellow slots. Your talents and expertise in helping score the high volume of applications are greatly appreciated!

The reading period will begin on September 16, 2021, and comprises 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 about 40 applications. Each application takes about 10-15 minutes to read and score; the total time commitment is estimated at 10 hours.


  • Readers will each read approximately 40 applications and may receive a one-time, $100 honorarium for their service.


  • 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);
  • Have experience working in Africa, or experience working on Sub-Saharan African issues;
  • U.S. Government employees and Fellowship Alumni are eligible; however, they may not receive honoraria.


If you are interested in serving as a reader, complete the application form as soon as possible. Submit the application form by September 1, 2021, to be eligible for the reading pool starting from the first phase. They will confirm via email whether you are selected to be a reader before the Fellowship application closes on September 15, 2021.

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For more information, visit MWF Application Readers.