August 17, 2016

Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Programme for Outstanding Africans

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships

Program(s) Offered: Leadership Development
Program Level: Graduate (training)
Provider: Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Country to Work in: Africa (Abidjan, Addis Ababa), Europe (Switzerland)

Scholarship Description
The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme designed to identify and prepare outstanding African leaders by providing them with critical experience at the highest levels of multilateral organisations.

Created in partnership with three of the world’s most influential organisations, the Fellowships will provide selected candidates with the opportunity to work directly in the executive offices of the African Development Bank (Abidjan), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa) or the International Trade Centre (Geneva).

Through this annual fellowship programme, the Mo Foundation seeks to deepen and broaden its growing network which continues to contribute its skills and learning to a better Africa. The application process for the 2017 Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Programme is now open.

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships for Africans

Eligibility
The fellowship is for young professionals, mid-career and new executives. They must be:
  • Nationals of an African country
  • 7‐10 years of relevant work experience
  • Hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree
  • Under the age of forty, or forty-five for women with children
  • any additional criteria as set by the host. There may also be additional eligibility criteria set by the individual hosts. If this is the case, prospective fellows must satisfy any additional criteria as set by the host to be eligible.
Eligible groups
Citizens of any African country (residing anywhere)

Participating Institutions
The current hosts are three of the world’s most influential organisations:
  • The African Development Bank (AfDB) -- www.afdb.org
  • The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) -- www.uneca.org
  • The International Trade Centre (ITC) -- www.intracen.org
Field of work
Any field related to governance and leadership development including: Economics, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Finance, Banking or any other relevant disciplines.

Sponsorship duration
The Fellow will work for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months

Fellowship benefits
The Fellowship, through unique work opportunities, allows talented individuals to increase and enhance their professional capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries thereby creating a pipeline of future African leaders. The Mo Foundation will finance an annual stipend associated with the work position which will be paid monthly

Throughout the 12 month placement, Ibrahim Fellows will be provided with the tools to go on to play a major role in the governance and development of the African continent

Method of Application
Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria for the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships are invited to apply directly to the relevant host institution i.e. African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) or International Trade Centre (ITC) using the links:
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) to download the Fellowship Information and How To Apply documents for these fellowships to have complete information on how to apply.

DEADLINES:
The application process opens on 12 August 2016. The final deadline for submission of applications is 14 October 2016. However, note that the deadline may be earlier and vary with any of the institutions. Kindly confirm each institution's deadline for application.

PLEASE NOTE:
Successful candidate to be notified January 2017.

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme is a selective Fellowship that prepares the next generation of outstanding African leaders 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.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which invests in governance and leadership to catalyse Africa’s transformation, finances the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships.

Application Deadline: 14 October 2016
Open to International Students: Yes (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Fellowships in Several Countries for Postgraduate Students

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