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Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) 2023

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) 2023 is now open for applications.

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI), founded in 2011 under the auspices of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, invites applications for its 2023 cohort.

Structured as an intensive, community-focused professional development programme, CYFI targets individuals in the early to mid stages of their professional careers.

By channelling the exceptional talents, skills, and experiences of young Nigerian professionals, CYFI aims to foster projects that yield transformative effects on Nigerian society.

The Legacy of Walter Carrington: Ideas Into Action

This pioneering initiative derives its name and ethos from Walter Carrington, a former Ambassador to Nigeria from the United States.

Carrington fervently advocated civil liberties, democratic governance, and strengthening the bilateral relations between Nigeria and the United States.

In homage to his lifelong dedication, the CYFI fellowship is a practical medium through which fellows can translate Carrington’s ideals into actionable change within their communities.

CYFI Fellowship Benefits: Skills, Networks, and Mentorship

Skill Development

Fellows benefit from a meticulously designed curriculum that focuses on developing core leadership abilities, communication proficiency, and adeptness in programme management.

Networking Opportunities

Moreover, this fellowship provides an unparalleled platform for expanding one’s professional network, offering avenues for future collaborations and partnerships.


The CYFI programme doesn’t just offer theoretical knowledge; it provides each fellow with targeted mentorship, thus enriching their professional journeys with experiential learning and personal growth.

Eligibility Requirements: Who Can Apply?

Age and Nationality

Candidates must be aged between 18 and 30 as of the final date for application submissions.

Geographical Residency

Candidates must be Nigerian nationals residing in one of the following states: Enugu, Delta, Edo, or Rivers.

Language Proficiency

A high proficiency in English, encompassing reading, writing, and speaking, is obligatory for all applicants.

Alumni Status

Only some alumni of the Carrington Fellowship Initiative are eligible for this programme.


Applicants must commit to full participation in the programme, which spans one year and is conducted within the states mentioned above.

Application Process: Timelines and Procedures

The application window for CYFI 2023 is open but will close on 15 September 2023. Applications submitted after this deadline will, unfortunately, not be reviewed.

To apply, navigate to the official Carrington Youth Fellowship application site.

For a more comprehensive understanding of the programme, kindly visit the official Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative website.


The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative provides an invaluable opportunity for young Nigerian professionals to enhance their leadership skills, improve their ability to manage programs and strengthen their communication abilities.

Eligible and interested candidates are strongly advised to apply and take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

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