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The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships were established in 2011 to identify and mentor the future generation of outstanding African leaders. Each year three Fellows have an opportunity to work in the executive offices of the AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva), with a stipend of $100,000.


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 organization



Fellowships are open to young professionals, mid-career and new executives from Africa with relevant work experience and a master’s degree. During their 12-month programmes, Fellows gain both technical and leadership skills, while contributing directly to research and policy design. A special feature of the programme is the opportunity to benefit from the direct mentorship of the heads of the host organizations.


Application Links




Applications for the 2024 Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships are now open, the deadline for applications is Friday, 20 October 2023. For more information, visit here.


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