Apply for The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) 2018

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) seeks to develop a select group of young Nigerians into ethical and impactful leaders by connecting them with mentorship, networking, training and funding opportunities over the course of an intensive fellowship year. The CYFI fellowship is built around year-long social innovation projects that are designed by fellows and supported by the U.S. Consulate and private partners. Following successful completion of their projects, fellows remain involved with CYFI and the U.S. Consulate through the CYFI Alumni Program.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy and closer ties between the U.S. and Nigeria. CYFI invites applications from fellows who are committed to putting the ideals of Walter Carrington into practice. The CYFI Board of Directors will select fellows who demonstrate the exceptional passion, skill, experience, strategic thinking and vision necessary to implement their own innovative and impactful projects.

Applications are invited for Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) 2018

What We’re Looking For

  • You are committed to making a significant contribution to your community and country

Skill & Experience:

  • You have a unique set of skills and experiences that you can use to make an impact

Strategic Thinking:

  • You are excited about the opportunity to launch an innovative CYFI project.
  • You know how to design a project that is based on sound research, uses resources creatively, builds or improves on existing systems, and leverages partnerships with complimentary organizations


  • You know the area of social change in which you would like to work, and you can articulate the positive change that you would like to make

The 2018 application is open to all citizens and permanent residents of Nigeria currently residing in Lagos.


  • 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


  • Application Deadline: December 31, 2017
  • Interviews: January 2018
  • Notification of Admission: February 2018

Please follow these steps to apply online:

  • In addition to providing biographical information, applicants will be asked to complete a hypothetical scenario.  All fields are required.
  • You may save the application and return to it at a later time.  Please note however that incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • To start the application, proceed to the form below

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  1. adams says:

    Am interetsted pls

  2. Patrick .O. Aimufua says:



    Agriculture still remains the back bone of every Country as a result Nigeria government need to focus greatly on to it.

  4. Jechira, Paul says:

    I am interested in this fellowship and I want to humbly request that other people like myself from other states should be given the opportunity to be part of this fellowship.

  5. Silver Oki says:

    I am very interested in the fellowship, Also hold Professional Certification: Health Safety Security and Environment (HSE 2), Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (Associate Membership) and Institute of Corporate Business Management (Graduate Membership).

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