Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative

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, CYFI 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.

CYFI welcomes contributions from companies, organizations, and individuals who are willing to assist the fellows. Please contact the CYFI Board with any inquiries:

Applications for the next fellowship year will open soon.  Please check the following link for further updates: CYFI Application Website.