Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative of The USA Embassy in Nigeria

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, CYFI, is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. Former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy and closer ties between the U.S. and Nigeria. CYFI fellows are committed to putting the ideals of Walter Carrington into practice. The theme of the 2012CYFIyear is “Youth Engagement.”

The CYFI Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, selects fellows who demonstrate exceptional vision, skills and experience. Fellows are them grouped into teams based on interest, and teams then develop and implement their own Youth Engagement Project (YEP) over the course of the one-year fellowship duration. In addition to working with their team to bring their YEP into fruition, CYFI fellows have the opportunity to attend various networking events, roundtables and forums on relevant social issues, hosted by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. The year will conclude with an awards ceremony for fellows, where fellows will be inducted into the CYFI Alumni Program.

The Consulate is now accepting applications for the 2013 program year. This year, applicants for CYFI can apply as individuals or as a group (maximum three members). There is no advantage to applying either way. Please find detailed application instructions below.

Application deadline is December 15, 2012.

The CYFI Board will interview shortlisted individual and group applicants in January 2013, and selected CYFI fellows will be announced by February 2013.

NOTE: Due to logistical and budgetary constraints faced by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, we regret that all 2013 CYFI projects must be held in Lagos State. All applicants must be legal residents of Nigeria.
Please do not exceed word limits on the application. We will stop reading after the word limits are reached.
INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS: Applicants who apply as individuals will complete and submit the Standard Application Form online (text of link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFDR8JK) and the “Hypothetical Scenario Essay.” Find instructions for the Hypothetical Scenario Essay here.

The purpose of the Hypothetical Scenario Essay is to judge the individual applicants’ ability to develop a plan of action in a logical, step-by-step manner. Individual applicants who are selected for the fellowship will be grouped into teams based on their interests as expressed in the written application and interview. Please carefully review the Hypothetical Scenario Essay instructions. Individual applicants should not e-mail in a project proposal.
GROUP APPLICANTS: Applicants who apply as part of a group will complete the Standard Application Form and submit a Group Project Proposal. Find instructions for the Group Project Proposal here (text of link: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B6T9EBWuP9l4TGZjenRaUjY5dlE).
Groups can consist of two or three applicants. Each group will submit one proposal via e-mail to carringtonfellows@gmail.com and each applicant will submit his or her own Standard Application Form. Groups selected for the fellowship will likely have to substantially revise their project proposals upon joining CYFI. Group applicants do not have to answer the Hypothetical Scenario Essay.
Note again that all projects must take place in Lagos state. Here is an example of a Group Project Proposal: Build a Village proposal
What are the benefits of being a CYFI fellow?
  • Implement concrete, youth-oriented solutions to issues that concern you
  • Access U.S. Government resources and contacts
  • Catch the attention of American and Nigerian leaders in the public and private sectors
  • Work alongside talented and motivated peers with diverse backgrounds, but similar visions
  • Participate in CYFI Alumni Program
What is expected from a CYFI fellow?
  • Complete a project with a social impact as part of project team
  • Attend monthly project status meetings with CYFI Board of Directors
  • Participate in roundtables, networking events, and team building events
  • Prospective fellows should note that all meetings and group work for CYFI  project will be conducted in Lagos State. Fellows who live outside of the greater Lagos metropolitan area  and are unable to attend frequent meetings with their project teams and  monthly meetings with the CYFI Board, in Lagos, will not be considered  for the fellowship.

For more information on the scholarship, check the CYFI Page

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