Since 2011, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) has set out to mentor the future generation of outstanding African leaders. Read the rest of the article to learn the opportunities that await when you apply for the program.
The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships is an annual program of the MIF that offers 12 months of leadership and technical skills training to Africans. Other than an annual stipend worth $100,000, the prospect of working in the executive offices of top African companies is also at stake.
Application deadline: October 15, 2021
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Benefits of the Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships
Three fellows of the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships for Africans will be given the chance to work with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, the Economic Commission for African (ECA) in Addis Ababa, and the International Trade Center (ITC) in Geneva.
Furthermore, participants can also benefit from the direct mentorship of the head of the host organizations.
Other than skills transfer, they will also contribute directly to research and policy design within the said companies.
Fellows then become members of the Now Generation Network (NGN), through which they continue to contribute their skills and insights to building a better Africa.
An annual stipend of $100,000 will also be given to cover expenses incurred by the fellows during the program’s duration.
Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Further Details
The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Program is a selective fellowship that prepares the next generation of outstanding African leaders.
This is done by providing them with unique work opportunities at the most senior level of prominent African institutions or multilateral organizations, whose mandate is to improve the economic and social prospects of Africa.
Powered by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Ibrahim Leadership Program aims to support good governance and great leadership in Africa.
The foundation’s mission includes: stimulating debate on good governance; providing criteria by which citizens and governments can measure progress, recognizing achievement in African leadership, and provide a practical way in which leaders can build positive legacies on the continent when they have left office; and supporting aspiring leaders for the African continent.
Eligibility Criteria for Africans
Africans hailing from the following countries are welcome to apply for the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships:
Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé & Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
In addition, Africans interested in the fellowship program must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must have 7-10 years of relevant work experience.
- The aspiring fellows should have attained at least a master’s degree.
- Participants should be under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children.
- Any additional criteria shall be set by the host. To check for further information, please keep in touch with the host company in question.
How to Apply
Interested applicants may directly apply to their desired host company via the links provided below:
African Development Bank (AfDB)
International Trade Centre (ITC)
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
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