Deadline: 11 March 2022

The Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program began in FY 2013 and directly supports the U.S. foreign policy goal of youth empowerment and development by equipping exchange participants with the knowledge and skills to become active and responsible members of their communities.

In addition to nurturing young leaders, the program also supports the Department’s goal of fostering regional cooperation on the African continent.  The program offers secondary school youth (ages 15-18) and a small number of adult educators from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa the opportunity to engage in intensive, thematic exchanges in the United States focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development.


  • Successful applicants can receive up to the U.S.$1,600,000

Eligibility for Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program Qualification

  • Open to participants from sub-Saharan Africa
  • Applicants must have nonprofit status with the IRS at the time of application
  • Applicant organisations must demonstrate their capacity for conducting international youth exchanges
  • Applicants need not have organisational capacity in the participating countries, as the U.S. embassies will recruit and nominate participants
  • Organisations must have a method in place to assist participants with pre-departure activities such as coordinating travel and lodging for visa interviews and the disbursement of funds for domestic expenses such as passport fees, travel allowances, etc

Eligible Countries

Participating countries may include: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


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