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Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) 2021

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, CYFI, is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills, and experience to design and implement projects that will have a positive impact on Nigerian society. The inspiration for CYFI, former Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, was a champion of civil liberties, democracy, and closer ties between the U.S. and Nigeria. CYFI fellows are committed to putting the ideals of Walter Carrington into practice.

The CYFI Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, selects fellows who demonstrate exceptional vision, skills, and experience. Fellows are then grouped into civil liberties, economic empowerment, education, or health teams based on interest, and these teams then develop and implement their own projects over the course of the one-year fellowship duration. In addition to working with their team to bring these projects into fruition, fellows have the opportunity to attend various Consulate-sponsored networking events, round-tables, and forums. The year concludes with an awards ceremony, where the fellows are inducted into the CYFI Alumni Program.
The 2021 application is open to all citizens and permanent residents of Nigeria currently residing in Lagos.


  • Application Deadline: February 5th, 2021
  • Interviews: February 2021
  • Notification of Admission: March 2021

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

For more information and to apply, visit CYFINigeria

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