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Oprah Winfrey’s African Women’s Public Service Fellowship Details

Study in USA: About the 2017/2018 Oprah Winfrey’s African Women’s Public Service Fellowship

Applications are currently being invited for the 2017/2018 Oprah Winfrey’s African Women’s Public Service Fellowship and all African women that are interested are invited to apply.


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African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, sponsored by Oprah Winfrey, seeks to prepare African women with experience working on issues facing Africa for public service careers in their home countries.

The African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, expands the opportunity for African women to impact for public service in their home countries.

Fellowship recipients commit to return to their respective home countries at the conclusion of the program in New York University  Wagner, USA with the goal of assuming a leadership position on the continent where they can meaningfully contribute to the challenges currently confronting Africa.

Application Deadline

15th December, 2016

Eligible Countries

Countries in Africa

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Citizen and resident in an African country at the time of application.
  • Strong academic record
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service

Selection Criteria & Process

Those selected as fellowship semi-finalists will be invited to participate in Skype interviews in mid-to-late February 2017. Those selected as fellowship finalists will be invited for an in-person interview with the Selection Committee in New York City in early April 2017. Those finalists who cannot travel to New York will be able to interview via Skype. This panel of judges will be comprised of representatives from sponsoring organizations, faculty and NYU Wagner alumni.

Value of Fellowship

The Fellowship provides full tuition, fees, housing or a housing stipend (if enrolling in the Global EMPA program), travel to and from the United States, and a small stipend to cover books and miscellaneous expenses.

Duration of Fellowship

1 year

How to Apply

Submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner. Fellowship applicants must also submit the one-minute video essay in order to be considered for fellowship. Fellowship Applications are due by the December 15, 2016 deadline.

Fellowship Official Webpage >>

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