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Africa Business Fellowship for American Business Leaders 2016

Brief description: Applications are now accepted for the 2nd year of the Africa Business Fellowship, an innovative program designed to strengthen ties between up-and-coming American business leaders and top tier African companies.

Application Deadline:

  • November 1, 2016: Round 1 (preferred) application deadline
  • December 1, 2016: Round 2 (final) application deadline

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: United States of America

To be taken at (countries): Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and possibly other African countries.

Eligible Professional Fields:  Fellows from a variety of business backgrounds, such as consulting, finance, strategy, general management, marketing, and/or entrepreneurship, who preferably(not necessarily) possess an MBA degree.

About the Award: The ABF represents a radically different approach to intercultural exchange that places value on Africa’s contributions to shaping global business practices. The Africa Business Fellowship is a partnership between Econet, African Leadership Network (ALN), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). The program will match young American business professionals with paid 6-month placements in African companies. Its purpose is to strengthen relationships between the African and American business communities and provide future American business leaders with the hands-on experience they need to truly understand business in Africa. We believe that by exposing high-achieving American professionals to African business at this stage in their careers, we are setting the stage for increased American-African investment and more meaningful collaboration.

Successful applicants will spend three or six months with premier African corporations and startups in countries including Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya. Fellows will have the unparalleled opportunity to familiarize themselves with business best practices and develop networks that will serve as a foundation for bridges between African and American business interests.

The fellowship aims to increase affinity for this collaboration between African and American businesses, and expose future American business decision makers to the continent early on in their careers.

Offered Since: 2015

Type: Business. Cross-Cultural Collaboration.


  • Educational and professional experience, including official transcript(s)
  • 3 brief essay questions that help us understand your passions, skills and interests, as well as how the Fellowship ties to your career objectives
  • 2 minute video response which allows our candidates to share more about themselves
  • Written professional reference(s) from employer or other professional who can speak to candidate’s leadership experience and potential

Selection Criteria: The ABF is looking for innovative and driven professionals who have a deep passion for learning about business in Africa. The ideal candidate will have an MBA and/or extensive business experience. Fellows from a variety of business backgrounds, such as consulting, finance, strategy, general management, marketing, and/or entrepreneurship are welcome. It is not necessary for fellows to have previous international experience, but we look for people who demonstrate a genuine interest in African business.

Number of Cohorts: 10 to 15 Fellows. The inaugural programme had 14.

Value of Programme: Fellows will be placed with leading corporates and startups across the continent.  In addition to gaining unique experience and building skills, relationships and networks Fellows will also have access to some of the most influential African businesses and leaders.

As part of the program also, fellows will receive a living stipend, housing, health insurance, assistance with visa applications, and additional support.

Duration of Programme: The Africa Business Fellowship is a Three or Six month opportunity, starting in June 2017.

How to Apply: Visit the Programme webpage to apply

Visit Programme Webpage for details

Award Provider: Econet, African Leadership Network (ALN), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT).

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