The U.S. Department of State and IREX seek academic, professional, and regional experts to read and score applications for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship. Over the first eight years of the Fellowship, the program received nearly 300,000 applications from 49 sub-Saharan African countries for 5,800 Fellow slots. Your talents and expertise in helping score our high volume of applications are greatly appreciated!
Responsibilities and Reading Period
Readers will be responsible for evaluating program applications based on set guidelines and a scoring rubric. This is a great volunteer professional development and résumé -building opportunity for professionals or degree-seeking individuals.
The reading period will begin on September 14, 2022, and will comprise 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 approximately 40 applications. Each application takes about 10-15 minutes to read and score; the total time commitment is estimated at 10 hours.
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.
Applicants for the 2023 Fellowship are not eligible to be readers.
If you are interested in serving as a reader, please complete the application form as soon as possible. Submit the application form by September 2, 2022 to be eligible for the reading pool starting from the first phase. We will confirm via email whether you are selected to be a reader before the Fellowship application closes on September 13, 2022.