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) with an annual stipend of $100,000.
Meet the current Ibrahim Fellows:
The International Trade Centre
“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 Gonzalez, Executive Director, ITC
African Development Bank
“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. We are happy to welcome our fifth Fellow for the 2017 Programme, who we expect to assist our efforts to create sustainable jobs for millions of young Africans entering the labour market each year.”
-Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
“The Mo Ibrahim Fellowship programme offers bright young minds from Africa the opportunity to work on real life issues that confront African nations and societies and also to develop as transformative leaders in their own right.
At ECA, the young Fellows have worked closely with the leadership of the Commission to support countries design and implement policies in response to ongoing challenges and aspirations of the member states.”
-Vera Songwe, Under Secretary General & Executive Secretary, ECA
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.
Applications for the 2019 stream are now closed.
2020 Fellowship process
- Applications open 12 August 2019
- applications close 14 October 2019
- successful candidates notified early 2020
- Fellows report for duty May 2020.
- 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.