APPLY NOW! 2018 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Program For Future African Leaders (AFDB, ITC, UNECA)

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

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.

Fellowship Institutions

The International Trade Centre

Arancha Gonzalez“The Ibrahim Fellowships programme is an excellent opportunity to build the leadership and managerial skills of young men and women in Africa by placing them in the heart of the trade and development world. ITC has benefitted from hosting a number of Fellows who have provided great support to the work of the Executive Office. They have returned to their countries with greater skills, knowledge and confidence and ITC is pleased to be involved in building this next generation of African leaders”.

-Arancha Gonzales, Chief Executive, ITC

African Development Bank

AfDBThe African Development Bank is a regional multilateral development bank, engaged in promoting economic development and social progress.



United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

UNECAThe United Nations Economic Commission for Africa was established to encourage economic cooperation among its member states.




Ibrahim 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.

Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply directly to the current hosts:



Deadline for Application: 15 October 2017 (midnight Geneva time)
Entry date: May 2018
Duration of Fellowship: One year
Location: International Trade Centre, Geneva, Switzerland


Duty Station: Addis-Ababa
Post Title: Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellow
Deadline for Application: 15 October 2017. Any applications received after that date will not be reviewed.
Duration of Assignment/Conditions: This Fellowship is awarded for a period of 12 months.

For more information, kindly visit the official website HERE.

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