The African Women’s Public Service Fellowship is made possible by a donation from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. The initiative aims to expand the opportunity for African women to make an impact in public service in their home countries.

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


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

Selection 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.

Apply here: AWPS Fellowship at NYU

DEADLINE: December 15, 2016