UCF Global Perspectives


Nelson Mandela

The Nelson Mandela African Affairs Fellowship

The Global Perspectives Office at UCF and the Global Connections Foundation will provide an opportunity for an outstanding undergraduate (at least junior level) or graduate student from a Central Florida college or university to serve as a Nelson Mandela African Affairs Fellow. Those applying for the fellowship the semester before their junior year will be considered “Rising Juniors” and thus eligible to apply.

The selected student will work on a research project related to African affairs, under the direction of Global Perspectives Office staff, with the aim of producing a final paper that is worthy of publication. In addition, Mandela Fellows will contribute to the activities of the Global Perspectives Office and affiliated programs.

The weekly time commitment is approximately ten hours. Mandela Fellows will receive $500.00 for the semester. Students aspiring to become Mandela Fellows should have a minimum GPA of 3.5. A one-page cover letter, a 5-10 page writing sample, an unofficial transcript and a resume with two listed references are required.

The purpose of this fellowship is to recognize and honor the work of South African anti-apartheid leader and former president, Nelson Mandela, who once stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


Fellowship Award: $500.00

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2018 – August 3, 2018

Nelson Mandela African Affairs Fellowship Application

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If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Squires at (407) 823-0935 or Jessica.Squires@ucf.edu.