2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program for Africans

Applications are invited for Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program available for young professionals, mid-career and new executives from Africa. The Fellow will work with the Bank for this purpose for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months and the Foundation will finance the costs associated with the position. The Fellowship allows talented young professionals, mid-career and new executives to increase and enhance their professional capacity with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries thereby creating a pipeline of future African leaders.

School(Institutions/ Country): |  The Fellow will perform the functions and duties of the position at the headquarters of the Bank in Abidjan, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, or any other location from which the Bank carries out its operations.

Level: This one year fellowship programme is available for young professionals, mid-career and new executives.

Field(s): It is a leadership fellowship which allows talented individuals to increase and enhance their professional capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries thereby creating a pipeline of future African leaders.

Deadline: 14 October 2016

Funded By: : Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Beneficiaries(Target Groups):  MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship is targeted for the Citizens of Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroon,

Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Madagascar, Angola,  Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé & Príncipe, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Sudan (applicants also need to be national of one of AfDB member countries).

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Not Specified

Scholarship Duration:2016 MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship is  offered for twelve (12) months.

Scholarship covers: The Foundation will finance the costs associated with the position on the following terms: the fellow will receive an annual stipend monthly paid by the Bank out of the funds provided by Foundation funds. The Fellow may be required to travel to different locations on instructions of the Bank. All expenses related to the Fellow’s official mission travel, including travel insurance but excluding travel and shipping costs relating to assumption of duty and repatriation will be borne by the Bank.


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (the “Foundation”), is financing the  MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship position  in the Bank. The Fellow will perform the functions and duties of the position at the headquarters of the Bank in Abidjan, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, or any other location from which the Bank carries out its operations. The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Programme is a selective Fellowship that prepares the next generation of outstanding African leaders by providing them with unique work opportunities at the most senior level of prominent African institutions or multilateral organizations, whose mandate is to improve the economic and social prospects of Africa.

‣ The Fellowship allows talented individuals to increase and enhance their professional capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries thereby creating a pipeline of future African leaders.

‣ The Fellow will work with the Bank for this purpose, for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months and the Foundation will finance the costs associated with the position.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Ibrahim Leadership Fellow will take leadership guidance from the President, the Chief Operating Officer and/or a designated Representative. Administratively, the Fellow will be assigned to the Bank’s Strategy Department (STRG). With this guidance, the Fellow will contribute to the design and implementation of strategic assignments that will increase and enhance their professional and leadership capacity, with the intention of contributing to the governance and development of their countries. The Fellow will also have the following responsibilities:

‣ Advise on and develop strategic initiatives to advance the Bank’s mission and objectives.
‣ Plan, develop, and implement strategies for generating resources.

‣ Conceive, develop and promote innovations in Bank development policies.

‣ Review activity reports and financial statements to determine progress and status in attaining objectives and revise objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions.

‣ Undertake other duties as assigned.

Notification of  MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship

Successful candidate will be notified on  January 2017.



The  MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship is for young professionals, mid-career and new executives. To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries. The fellow must:

‣ be national of an African country, residing anywhere in the world;

‣ should not be an active, non-active, retired, or separated staff member of the Bank;

‣ not have close family relations with an active or non-active staff member, such as mother, father, sister and brother.

‣ Government officials, active military personnel and political party leaders are not eligible;

‣ Under the age of Forty (40) years or Forty-Five (45) years for women with children;

‣ hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in Economics, Engineering, Social Sciences, International Development, Business Administration, Finance, Banking or any discipline relevant to the Bank’s business: such as outstanding academic credentials, relevant work experience, strong communication skills, demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work with others ;

‣ have at least 7 years work experience relevant to the Bank’s activities;

‣ demonstrate proven leadership and consultative skills;

‣ have experience in strategic planning and execution ;

‣ demonstrate knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management;

‣ have enhanced skills in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures;

‣ have experience in formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;

‣ demonstrate ability to develop financial plans and manage resources;

‣ demonstrate ability to analyze and interpret financial data;

‣ top notch professional with private sector experience;

‣ strong writing and analytical skills;

‣ demonstrate ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government and to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;

‣ demonstrate ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Applicants should apply directly to the current hosts

Apply now

Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria should apply direct to the relevant institution using the links below.

The African Development Bank (AfDB)

Fellowship information (EN)

Fellowship information (FR)

Application link (EN)

Application link (FR)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

Fellowship information and how to apply (EN, pdf)

Fellowship information and how to apply (FR, pdf)

UNECA vacancies page (EN)

UNECA vacancies page (FR)

The International Trade Centre (ITC)

Fellowship information (EN, pdf)

Information on how to apply

Application link

‣ Applications will only be considered if they are submitted on line with a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV)) indicating date of birth, nationality, education and relevant experience.

‣ Applicants must also attach copies of academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

‣ Applicants will only be considered if they submit an online application, and attach a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV).

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on  14 October 2016

  • Process opens 12 August 2016
  • applications due 14 October 2016
  • successful candidate notified January 2017
  • press announcement of Fellows 3 February 2017
  • Fellows start date May 2017.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about MO Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship


APPLY: International Reporting Project (IRP) Reporting Fellowships 2016.

the International Reporting Project (IRP) is pleased to offer up to five international reporting fellowships to cover the 2016 UN climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

The Twenty-Second Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place from November 7-18. COP22 follows on the heels of last year’s landmark climate conference in Paris, at which 195 nations agreed to limit global temperatures to, at most, 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement, which must be ratified by 55 countries pledging to reduce 55 percent of emissions, further included the aspirational goal of reducing temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.


  • IRP will purchase the fellows’ round-trip air tickets to Morocco and will pay for visas, hotel costs, local transportation and several group meals.
  • The IRP will also arrange journalists’ press accreditation for the conference
  • Fellows who wish to extend their stay beyond the dates of the conference will have the option to arrange that at their own expense.


  • These fellowships are open to professional international journalists with significant experience covering environment and climate change.

DEADLINE: September 21 2016

To apply and for more information visit here

APPLY: Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, USA (Fully Funded)

The Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation is an exciting international program funded by a generous grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. Seven three-week Institutes took place in San Diego, California in July between 2007 and 2016. This program has provided a unique University-based leadership experience and program in international cooperation. Again in July 2017, American men and women will join students from a variety of developing countries and regions of social strife to learn from experts and one another about conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship.


  • Accommodation and meals for the duration of the program, with shared rooms and with participants of the same gender.
  • Transportation to/from the campus to all meetings and activities.
  • Program Materials.
  • Certificate of Participation
  • NON-US Fellows also receive Round trip international air travel from the participant’s home town to San Diego, California.


  • Upper division undergraduate with 2 years of college/university or graduate student with a professional interest in international relations, diplomacy, international economic development or related fields.
  • Students must be between the ages of 20-25 on July 1 2016
  • Have an academic adviser verify in writing the candidates English Proficiency.

DEADLINE: January 6 2017

To apply and for more information visit here

APPLY: Standard Chartered International Graduate Programme for Young Africans 2017

As one of the world’s most International banks, one of the key differentiators of the Standard Chartered Bank International Graduate Programme is the opportunities offered across SCBs/footprint of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Right from the start of the programme SCB host the five week International Induction Programme in Shangai to connect with Global Network of International Graduates with their peers from the 30+ countries SCB recruit for.


  • After completing your first year as part of the International Graduate Programme you might take a role in one of our local, regional or global teams.
  • You might choose an amazing position in your home country, or like 50% of the Graduates, your first role with the bank may include an International move.


  • For our Graduate roles, you must have an under graduate degree, be eligible to work permanently in the country that you are applying to. If you are applying for a role in the UAE, we may consider applications from nationals of Middle East and North African countries.
  • For our Internships, you must be in your second last year of study to apply. We will accept applications from final year students who are required to complete mandatory National or Military Service after graduation.  To apply for an Internship position, you must have the legal right to work in the country for which you are applying for the full duration of the internship (student visas or holiday work passes are allowed, provided they are valid for the duration of the internship). We are unable to apply for work permits for any Internship.
  • As English is the business language of Standard Chartered across the world, you need to be able to speak business level English to apply for our opportunities. Being able to speak more than one language is also an advantage.


To apply and for more information visit here

APPLY: Princeton in Africa Fellowship 2017-18

Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.


Princeton in Africa/fellowship organizations cover:

  • On-the-ground expenses, including housing and living stipend
  • Medical insurance, medical evacuation insurance and security evacuation insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation for all Fellows
  • Mid-year retreat in Africa (including partial travel grant for travel to/from the retreat)
  • Princeton in Africa program support and operating costs


  • Young Alumni and graduating seniors from any college or university accredited in the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Prior experience in Africa is not a prerequisite.

DEADLINE: October 30 2016

To apply and for more information visit here

50 business ideas to start at university

  1. Sell alternative quiet snacks – stomach rumblers will pay to avoid the embarrassment of rustling in lectures and the cinema
  2. Upcycle and sell on free stuff found on Gumtree and Freecycle
  3. Start a YouTube channel and earn a slice of the ad revenue. It could be reviews or guides related to your course subject, or pick any topic that really fascinates you (games, comedy and music do particularly well). As well as running advertising or blagging freebies, down the line you could stream pay-per-view vids if you get enough subscribers
  4. Buy second-hand in-demand textbooks at the end of term and sell them to new students at the start of the new term
  5. Create audio walking tours of your local area, recommending everything from hotels, museums, events, restaurants and bars. Do deals with local businesses who pay to feature, and upload your files to sites like iTunes and Soundcloud for instant reach
  6. Be an ’emergency key holder’: offer a base package that lets people keep a spare key with you that they can collect if they lose their own. You can add sliding fees if they want you to deliver or for unsociable hours
  7. Start a magazine about your uni subject and get other students, tutors and guest experts to write for it too. The money might not be huge but your employability definitely will be
  8. Set yourself an unusual goal – like living on a yacht for a year or surviving on a tenner a week – and blog or write a book about it. You’ve got a good chance of featuring in the papers too
  9. Rent out your student room or house over the summer months on Airbnb
  10. Run a ‘you want it, I get it’ delivery service. Evenings and weekends could see you delivering McDonald’s/beer combos, while early mornings could be coffees, newspapers or train tickets. Or just see what everyday things people run out of and buy in bulk (midnight loo roll’s got to be a winner, right?)
    empty loo rollCredit: GorillaSushi – Flickr
  11. Create an alternative yearbook using a print-on-demand publisher and sell copies and advertising space
  12. Start a film screening club (or stick with the ever-popular student club night)
  13. ‘I queue for you’: stand in-line or hang on the phone so someone else doesn’t have to
  14. Convert someone’s entire CD catalogue into MP3 files they can play on their phone. It’s easy enough to do using software like iTunes but can take hours. Which is where you come in
  15. Start an accommodation reviews site for your campus or town
  16. Set up a Skype language course or conversational practice for learners around the world
  17. Buy packets of seeds cheaply and sell pot plants or fresh fruit/veg. You can grow lots of things without tons of equipment – some veg will even thrive in old wellies or grown indoors. Just keep it legal
  18. Lend a hand to the local elderly with doing their online grocery shopping
  19. Make and sell audio or e-book versions of out-of-copyright set texts, particularly if they’re hard to find (think medieval literature or 18th-century science tomes)
  20. Be the go-to finder for folk who’ve lost something irreplaceable or want to buy something hard to find. Use the web as well as local contacts and retail knowledge to track down the impossible… for a commission
  21. Freelance. Whether it’s related to your current course or your dream career, offer your skills to peeps who need web design, illustration, writing or admin support. You’ll get CV-plumping experience to boot, too
  22. Create food hampers that parents can order and have delivered to their kids – think student essentials in long-life eats or healthy stuff they’re probably not getting enough of
  23. Run a couple of matchmaker events for your campus
  24. Make bespoke photo albums: use a site like Lulu.com to produce professionally printed books or magazines and add hand-crafted touches or notes to make each one uniqueSkullcandy headphonesCredit: Brett Levin – Flickr
  25. Offer a transcription service that types up lecture recordings, or use your graphic design skills to produce handouts for tutors
  26. Create a swaps site that matches owners with lenders: think clothes, services, bikes or books – or maybe one that matches students who want to see the UK with those who live in other towns
  27. Organise student event trips to other cities or festivals – get a good deal on a coach and double your money on the tickets
  28. Design an app that lets students vent about their course or campus anonymously and compare experiences around the world
  29. Offer to sit for stock photographers or source models for them. Or just grab a camera and have a go at shooting and selling your own snaps. Try newcomerwww.picfair.com, where you set your own prices
  30. Produce a campus e-newsletter and take paid advertising from local businesses, or do deals to offer readers discounts and competitions
  31. An annual gift or card service where you select and post cards and presents so subscribers never forget important birthdays or anniversaries
  32. Be a market research consultant and sell your services to local or national businesses who want to know what students think about their stuff
  33. Pay a flat amount to a freelance graphic designer to create popular web graphics or icons, and sell them on a marketplace like GraphicRiver for recurring income
  34. If there’s something every one seems to have lurking in a spare bedroom, it’s unused home gym equipment and a pile of good intentions. Buy or beg the kit at bargain rates to re-sell or re-home with local schools, gyms, offices or personal trainers
  35. Offer to collect or wait for deliveries for a fee (saving someone else the time or cost of rearranging a missed package)
  36. Create a portfolio website that bands and musicians can use to connect with local events or businesses
  37. Start a home-made smoothie or sandwich business for local firms: they phone you their orders in the morning and you deliver on the dot at lunchtimesandwichCredit: Hdx Cafe – Flickr
  38. Turn your best photos or artwork into posters (good sellers at the start of term!) – check out www.truprint.co.uk
  39. Start an essay proofreading business
  40. Create a local guide – think magazine, website or app – that helps freshers make the most of their new town: the best cafés, cheapest deals, or hidden gems
  41. Start your own travel exchange: put together packages of budget flights, accommodation and events and co-ordinate it between a uni abroad and your own
  42. Sell a uni essentials welcome package – stationery, kitchen kit, discount vouchers – that can be delivered to freshers’ rooms ahead of their first day
  43. Start a tutoring service for school students struggling with the subjects you’re acing. Offer online courses or webinars to reach more folk
  44. Be a sports coach for local or uni teams
  45. Collect other students dirty laundry and take it to the launderette for a markup
  46. Design a motivational app that logs lecture/seminar/gym attendance and awards points, vouchers or gifts for achievements or penalties for slacking
  47. Start an outdoor fitness trail on MeetUp.com, leading groups of people to different/unusual locations to work out without equipment while seeing the sights
  48. Offer a CV design or review service
  49. Design cases that disguise gadgets and make them less attractive to thieves. Think phone covers that look like pencil cases, or a laptop case that looks like a ring-binder. Recycled materials get you bonus points
  50. Run a recurring subscription service where customers get a beauty box each month, or a music album, book or selection of gourmet snacks – works for just about anything!