Frequently Asked Questions

When do applications for the YELP fellowship open?

Applications open early November of each year and run for a period of two weeks. They are then evaluated by the selection committee, and the next class is announced early January.

Who is eligible to become a YELP fellow?

Anyone from the five East African countries—Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Applicants must between the ages of 20-30 and able to show a proven record of leadership in their community.

What kind of information should I include in my application?

Your name, age, email address and country of origin. Thereafter, we will require you answer three short essay questions that help reveal your interests, skills and the area you intend to work on during your fellowship. These typically include a personal essay, an essay on your view of a contemporary African challenge and a short proposal on how you will use your fellowship to respond to that challenge.

Are there any costs I have to incur as a fellow?

All the seminars take place in Uganda, therefore, if you live outside of Uganda, you will have to cover your cost of travel to Kampala. However, once in Uganda, all the costs are covered by the institute – inclusive of transport, accommodation and food.

Do I require a Visa to travel to Uganda?

Applicants from East Africa (including South Sudan) do not require a visa to enter Uganda. You will however be required to possess the necessary travel documents and Yellow Fever vaccination card.

How many seminars are involved and do I have to take time off for the YELP fellowship?

The fellowship consists of 3 seminars in March, July, and January (of the next year). The seminars are 3 days long – from Friday to Sunday.

How many assignments will I need to submit during the course of the fellowship, and how often?

Assignments are given on a rolling basis and comprise essays. However, these essays are not designed for credits towards the completing the fellowship. Instead they are intended to promote participation in the fellowship class.  They may include writing of Op-Eds, participating in public debates and networking sessions.

How will my progress be assessed during the Fellowship?

Progress during the fellowship is determined by participation, response to assignments and successfully completing the project proposal included in the application.