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Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellowship Programme (Fully-funded to work at AfDB, UNECA or the ITC) 2021/2022


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation offers Leadership fellowship program for Outstanding Africans to be hosted at either the AfDB (Abidjan), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva) with an annual stipend of $100,000.

Application Deadline: 14th October 2020 (midnight Geneva time)

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé & Príncipe, 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, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

To be Taken at (organisation): AfDB (Abidjan) or the ITC (Geneva)

About the Award: The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, is financing the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship position. Established in 2006, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation aims to support good governance and great leadership in Africa.  The Foundation works to:

  • Stimulate debate on good governance;
  • Provide criteria by which citizens and governments can measure progress;
  • Recognise achievement in African leadership and provide a practical way in which leaders can build positive legacies on the continent when they have left office;
  • Support aspiring leaders for the African continent.

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.

Through this annual fellowship programme, the Foundation seeks 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 African Development Bank (Abidjan), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa) or the International Trade Centre (Geneva).

Offered Since: 2006

Type: Fellowship


  • 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.

Number of Awards: 3

Value of Award: The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of the AfDB (Abidjan), UNECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva) with an annual stipend of $100,000.

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.

Duration of Award: For a period of 12 months

How to Apply: Prospective fellows who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply directly to the current hosts. Link for Application and requirements are in the Fellowship Webpage (click below)

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

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  3. Rufus Jah Tejan says

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  4. Batali Noel says

    Why is it that Republic of South Sudan is excluded from the list of countries benefitting from these fellowship programme.

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  6. Abraham Asaro Hante says

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  8. Samuel Conteh says

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