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Join the 2021 cohort of Ibrahim Leadership Fellows

17 August, 2020

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Applications are now welcomed for the 2021 Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships programme, designed to identify and prepare the next generation of African leaders by providing them with mentoring opportunities to work in executive offices in key multilateral institutions.

This year, the selected candidates will benefit from the direct mentorship of Dorothy Tembo, Executive Director ad interim, at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva and Vera Songwe, Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa.

The Fellowships are open to young professionals, mid-career and new executives from Africa with relevant work experience and a master’s degree. Each Ibrahim Fellow will be hosted by the executive office of the chosen organisation for a 12-month fellowship supporting senior management.

The application process opened on 12 August 2020 and closes on 14 October 2020.

Due the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 African Development Bank (AfDB) Fellowship has been deferred to 2021, therefore this institution will not be recruiting a new Fellow for 2021.


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.


How to apply

Each institution has its own application process, the links can all be found on our Fellowships page.

Details of the Fellowship at ITC are found here. The application process is explained on this page and the application form is found here; you will need to register first, a link to do so is found at the bottom of the login page.

Fellowship details for ECA are available in English and French. Details of how to apply are also found on those documents and you will need to register for their HR portal to complete your application.

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