There are a number of ways individuals, businesses, and organizations can get involved with the Mandela Washington Fellowship at Purdue University:


We are seeking coaches/mentors with an entrepreneurial/business background in any field to connect with the Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program. We are requesting a total of three sessions of one hour each between you and your selected Fellow that will be coordinated at a mutually convenient time for you to share your expertise and experience. The Fellows will seek your advice/input to develop their focus project/business plan and business pitch. We will provide an honorarium of $100/session for a total of $300 for the three sessions.

business coaches APPLICATION

Focus Project Coaching Overview


The purpose of the Peer Mentor program is to help the Fellows build connections and engage in intercultural exchange with individuals of a similar age (Fellows are 25-35 years old) in the Purdue / Greater Lafayette community. Peer Mentors will collaborate with their fellow on their focus projects and will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of social activities with them. The goal is for Peer Mentors and Fellows to interact approximately once per week during the 6-week program period. 

peer mentor APPLICATION

host family dinners

Typically, this is the first visit to the United States for most Fellows. Their English is very good although their native language may originate from a local dialect. They have an incredibly rich and diverse cultural background, and are anxious to know more about America, our culture and values, as well as share theirs. As part of our cultural exchange, we are seeking families in the greater Lafayette area to host a home dinner with between one and three Fellows. The objective for this unique opportunity is for Fellows to know more about you, and for you to know about the Fellows and their backgrounds.



We are seeking volunteers with an interest in helping and serving with the Fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program. We need volunteers to accompany us on field trips around Indiana in both rural and urban settings. Volunteers may also help with local transportation on special occasions, accompany fellows shopping, engage with fellows informally and for special events, and help make the program fun.