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Join the 2019 cohort of Ibrahim Leadership Fellows

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The application process is now open for the Foundation’s annual Fellowships Programme. This unique initiative offers the next generation of outstanding African leaders opportunities to develop their leadership and managerial skills in the executive offices of the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the International Trade Centre.

The Executive Management office of each organisation hosts an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow for a 12-month fellowship supporting senior management with a stipend of $100,000.

The Fellowships are open to African mid-career professionals with relevant work experience and a Master’s degree.

Each institution manages its respective application process.


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.

To learn more about the Fellowships, eligibility and the application process, or about what the previous Fellows have progressed to become since their completion of the programme please visit the Fellowships page.

The closing date for all applicants is 15 October 2018.


Being in Addis Ababa as an Ibrahim Fellow was a particular privilege and entailed unique opportunities to meet and interact with leaders from all over the world.

- Tshepelayi Kabata – 2015 Ibrahim Leadership Fellow at UNECA