African Women's Public Service Fellowship

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 public service in their home countries.


The African Women’s Public Service 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.

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

This public service fellowship is only available to degree-seeking students. On the other hand, advanced professional certificate and non-degree programs are not applicable for this fellowship.


In order to qualify for the African Women’s Public Service Fellowship, aspiring fellows must meet the following qualifications:

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


To apply, please submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner for Fall 2017. Moreover, the Fellowship Application Essay is included in the fellowship section of the online application; there is no separate application. African women applicants must also submit the one-minute video essay in the application in order to be considered for fellows. Applications are due by December 15, 2016 deadline.

In effect, those selected as semi-finalists will be invited to participate in Skype interviews with the Fellowship Selection Committee in mid-to-late February 2017.

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