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Apply for the 2016 Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) for Nigerians – 2016/17

Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) 2017 for Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs

Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI)

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.

Application Deadline: 31st December, 2016

Offered annually? Yes

To be taken at (country): Interviews follow at the US Consulate, Lagos, Nigeria

About the Award: 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.

Type: Entrepreneurship


  • Passion
    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.
    Possessing the ability 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
  • Vision
    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.

Selection: Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by the CYFI Board. Interviews will be held at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.

Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI)

Value of Program: 

  • 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

How to Apply: Application opens 10th December. You can only fill the application form after this date.

  • 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 fill the form (to be available soon).

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: An Initiative of the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos.

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