Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships to work at AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva), with a stipend of $100,000

Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships to work at AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva), with a stipend of $100,000

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships were founded in 2011 with the goal of identifying and mentoring the next generation of great African leaders. Each year, three Fellows are selected to serve in the executive offices of the AfDB (Abidjan), the ECA (Addis Abeba), or the ITC (Geneva) for a $100,000 stipend.

Fellows learn technical and leadership skills while contributing directly to research and policy design over their 12-month programs. The possibility to receive direct mentorship from the heads of the host organizations is a unique element of the program.

Fellows also become members of the Now Generation Network (NGN), through which they continue to contribute their skills and insights to building a better Africa.


Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Application process

The 2023 Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships applications open! Apply by 21 October 2022.

Fellowships are open to young professionals, mid-career and new executives from Africa with relevant work experience and a master’s degree.

Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Eligibility criteria

  • National of an African country
  • Minimum 7 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

Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Application details

AfDB: English and French
ECA: English and French
ITC: English

For more info visit: https://mo.ibrahim.foundation/fellowships

Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships Fellowship Institutions

The International Trade Centre

Pamela Coke-Hamilton

“Developing countries have major hurdles today more than ever, particularly in light of the COVID-19 epidemic.” Despite the devastation to health and the economy, the crisis presents an opportunity to rebuild stronger and bolder. The Mo Ibrahim Fellowship program provides exceptional young Africans with the opportunity to contribute to recovery through inclusive and sustainable trade and development solutions. Working alongside the Executive Director and her team provides significant exposure and an opportunity to build essential leadership qualities, in addition to strengthening technical knowledge. The one-of-a-kind experience provides Fellows with the knowledge and confidence to make a significant contribution to Africa’s prosperity.”

– Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, ITC

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Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships African Development Bank

Akinwumi Adesina

“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

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Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships ECA

Vera Songwe

“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 and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)


Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships 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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