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African Nationals - The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships (Annual stipend of $100,000)

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders.


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Through this annual fellowship programme, we seek to deepen and broaden our growing network which continues to contribute its skills and learning to a better Africa.
The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the AfDB (Abidjan), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva) with an annual stipend of $100,000.

Application process
Applications for the 2021 stream will open on 12 August 2020. Details will be made available on this page.
Please note that due to 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.
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.
Please note: the scholarships listed below are the only ones we currently offer and are for African nationals only.

London Business School
The MIF scholarship for Africa supports outstanding students on a full-time MBA programme. Each year one scholarship, providing full payment of fees, is awarded to an exceptional African candidate with financial need.
For further information contact or call +44 (0)20 7000 7000

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Scholarships are offered on the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative, a programme which studies the socio-economic, political and legal links between governance and development. Two masters and one PhD per year are offered.
For further information contact Angelica Baschiera on or call +44 (0)20 7898 4370

University of Birmingham
One MSc in Governance and State-Building per year is offered. This two-year programme includes a six-month internship at the Foundation Secretariat. Full tuition fees, a living allowance and airfare to the UK are covered.
For further information contact Debra Beard at

Chatham House
The Africa Fellowship supports one Academy fellow each year from Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal or South Africa who spends ten months at Chatham House. The Fellowship is a joint initiative between Chatham House and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
For further information contact or visit


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