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.

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.

Fellowship 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. 

Fellowship Criteria

  • Citizen and resident in an African country at the time of application.
  • Strong academic record
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • A NYU Wagner education would significantly enhance your ability to have a deep and lasting impact on public service issues in your home country and region country and region. 

How to Apply

  • Submit your Fellowship Application Essay along with your online application to NYU Wagner for Fall 2017. The Fellowship Application Essay is included in fellowship section of the online application; there is not a separate application.  Fellowship applicants must also submit the one-minute video essay in the application in order to be considered for fellows. Applications are due by the December 15 deadline.
    Complete the online application for admission to apply.
  • Those selected as fellowship semi-finalists will be invited to participate in Skype interviews with the Fellowship Selection Committee in mid-to-late February 2017.