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Dinner Hosting for  Fulbright and Mandela Fellow Visiting Scholars

Citizen Diplomacy and our team of volunteer Citizen Diplomats welcome international Fulbright Scholars in the spring and Mandela Washington Fellows each year. Our network of volunteers provides dinner hospitality in their homes or a restaurant for Fulbright students while they are in Philadelphia for a weekend-long leadership seminar.  For professionals in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, volunteers host one night of dinners in their home and often connect informally through their month-long stay. For many students, it is their first time visiting Philadelphia. 

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions from an academic semester to a full academic year.  Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Over 130 of the brightest students from around the world participating in the largest U.S. international exchange program look forward to meeting you! 
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since 2014, nearly 4,400 young leaders from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa have participated in the Fellowship. The Fellows, between the ages of 25 and 35, are accomplished leaders and have established records of promoting innovation and positive impact in their communities and countries. In 2020, the Fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.