Yona Siyongwana is an alumna of Nelson Mandela University, holding an Honours degree in Political Studies. Currently, she is a 2021 Democracy Works Academy Fellow. She is also a 2021 Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow, 2019 Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Fellow and 2019 Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy alum. Her research interests include African feminism, political psychology, African politics and international relations.