The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders. Through this annual fellowship programme, we seek to deepen and broaden our growing network which continues to contribute its skills and learning to a better Africa.

The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the AfDB (Abidjan), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva).

2017 Fellows

Meet the current Ibrahim Fellows:

2017 Ibrahim Fellows

Fellowship Institutions

The International Trade Centre

IRC“The Ibrahim Fellowships programme is an excellent opportunity to build the leadership and managerial skills of young men and women in Africa by placing them in the heart of the trade and development world. ITC has benefitted from hosting a number of Fellows who have provided great support to the work of the Executive Office. They have returned to their countries with greater skills, knowledge and confidence and ITC is pleased to be involved in building this next generation of African leaders”.

-Arancha Gonzales, Chief Executive, ITC

African Development Bank

AfDB“The next generation of African leaders will be those who transform Africa. The Mo Ibrahim Fellows have been chosen to learn and develop their leadership potential to make their contribution to the transformation.”

-Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

UNECAThe United Nations Economic Commission for Africa was established to encourage economic cooperation among its member states.

Ibrahim Scholarships

The Ibrahim Scholarships support aspiring African leaders at a number of distinguished academic institutions. The scholarships develop the talent of outstanding young Africans in selected disciplines.

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Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply directly to the current hosts:




Eligibility criteria

  • National of an African country
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience
  • master’s degree
  • under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children
  • any additional criteria as set by the host.

With leadership in Africa as one of the focus areas of the Foundation, the programme provides a platform to cultivate a community of individuals who will rise to become Africa’s future inspirational leaders.

Mo Ibrahim