May 23, 2015

LDIAfrica Emerging Institutions Summer Fellowship Program for Young Business & Development Professionals Worldwide

The Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program

Course(s) Offered: Business, Development, etc
Course Level: Training fellowship
Provider: LDI Africa
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
The Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program (EIFP) (Africa Fellowship) provides hands-on service opportunities for young business and development professionals from around the world at Africa’s leading for-profit and nonprofit firms.

It is designed to match financial capital invested in emerging African businesses with the human capital needed to take these institutions to scale.

Who are Emerging Institution Fellows?
  • Fellows come to the EIFP with a diverse set of backgrounds and skills set.
  • At a minimum, all fellows are required to have an undergraduate degree, a commitment to excellence, and be fluent in English.
  • Host organizations may also designate other specific skill requirements for their Fellows.
Other requirements include:
  • Two to ten years of professional experience
  • MBA candidate or early to mid-level professional with interest in/familiarity with emerging markets
  • Professional background in business, management consulting, strategy, finance, and social enterprise and international development.
  • Interest in building a career in Africa after the fellowship
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries

Participating Institutions
LDI Africa through its EIFP recruits organizations that are doing excellent work particularly in the financial and investment industries across Africa.

Partners range from mid-level to large global institutions; with capital investment of $200,000 and above.

Fields of study
The program is not an internship program and is best suited for professionals, not students. You are encouraged to apply after you have completed your entire course work.

Number of awards
Not specified by provider

Sponsorship duration
The EIFP typically lasts up to 12 months, and as a result, the program seeks Fellows who are able to fully commit this time to the program.

Scholarship benefits
Partners range from mid-level to large global institutions; with capital investment of $200,000 and above.

While working with their organization, Fellows enjoy the following benefits and more;
  • Experience the growth of Africa’s most innovative businesses
  • Exposure to emerging markets
  • Paid positions, housing and travel
  • Training and professional development opportunities
  • Potential consulting, employment and seed capital investment after fellowship
  • Entry into the global LDI Africa network
Method of Application
The 3 steps in the application process are:
  1. Apply: Download and complete the application essay. Email the completed form with your resume, a cover letter and two (2) letters of recommendation to
  2. Letters of Recommendation: LDI Africa requires you to provide the contact information of two references on the References form in your essay document. If your application is shortlisted for the preliminary interviews, two letters of recommendation from these individuals who know you in a professional capacity and can write about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success an LDI Africa Fellow will be asked from you.
  3. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Phone interviews will be conducted with semi-finalists. Host organizations will conduct Skype video interviews with selected finalists. Host organizations will make their final recommendations to LDI Africa and LDI Africa will notify the selected candidates.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this award, including to download the Africa Fellowship Document and the Application Essay.

Application Timeline for the 2015 Summer Fellowship:
  • April 1, 2015: Applications open
  • May 31, 2015: Applications close
  • June 1, 2015 – June 14, 2015: LDI Africa conducts preliminary applicant interviews
  • June 17, 2015 – June 19, 2015: Host organizations are sent shortlisted applicants
  • June 22, 2015 – Jul 20, 2015: Host organizations interview shortlisted applicants
  • Jul 27, 2015: Host organizations return signed contracts of selected Fellows
  • Aug 11, 2015 – Aug 12, 2015: Host organizations orientation
  • Aug 13, 2015 – Aug 14, 2015: Fellow orientation
  • Aug 17, 2015 – Aug 31, 2015: Fellows secure travel, insurance, and visas
  • Sep 1, 2015: Fellows on the ground/begin their assignments
Landmark Development Initiative (LDI) Africa builds the capacity of African corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations to compete in the global marketplace through the service of skilled volunteers.

By creating pro bono consulting opportunities for skilled professionals in Africa and the US, LDI Africa fellowship programs strengthen an entrepreneurial eco-system that positions African emerging businesses on the path of sustainable growth and scale.

Headquartered in Washington D.C and working all across Africa, LDI Africa deploys the talents of young African diaspora and professionals from all over the world to nonprofits and businesses that are struggling to attract skilled professionals.

Unlike other programs, LDI Africa provides aspiring professionals around the world with the desired platform to deploy their unique skills and overseas experience to help turnaround businesses, schools, profit and nonprofit organizations in Africa.

It also provides through its Africa-US program the unique opportunity for Fellows to be placed at premier US businesses or social enterprises, provided funding, mentorship and the platform to export their products and services to the US after the fellowship.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2015
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Fellowships for International Scholars

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