Non-Profit Award


Center for Global Studies Awarded Jaqueline Ngesi Award

The University of Washington Center for Global Studies & Disability Inclusive Development Initiative (DIDI) was recently awarded the Amandla Project’s Jaqueline Ngesi Award. The Amandla Project is a Seattle area non-profit organization that promotes leadership development for U.S.-based college students with mobility disabilities through internships in South Africa. Amandla Fellows have the opportunity to gain cultural experience and cultivate career skills and lifelong friendships through the fully-funded internship. Fellows return from the Amandla academic program in South Africa as empowered leaders, ready to be a positive force of change and sparking conversation in their communities.

Per the organization’s website, “The Amandla Project aims to increase the representation of disabled students in the pursuit of educational opportunities abroad. Students selected as Amandla Project Fellows travel to Cape Town to participate in an eight-week program designed to develop their professional and leadership skills through professional mentoring, an internship, and a series of curated experiences that introduce them to South African culture. The goal of these fellowships, as stated by the Amandla Foundation, is to “help (the Fellows) return to their communities as confident leaders, ready to make positive change in the world.”

The Jaqueline Ngesi Award was presented to Stephen Meyers, PhD, director of the UW Center for Global Studies Director. The Amandla Project is now accepting applications for the inaugural 2024 cohort of Amandla Fellows, due February 1, 2024.

Read about the local impact of the Amandla Project at this link.

Learn more about the Amandla Project and find student opportunities at this link.

Watch this general video overview of the project and watch this short interview with a Texas A&M student.