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Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Program 2023

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Program is sponsored by Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The Leadership Fellowship Program was established in 2011 to identify and mentor the future generation of outstanding African leaders. Fellowships are open to young professionals, mid-career and new executives from Africa with relevant work experience and a master’s degree.


The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006. It was founded by Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese billionaire businessman and philanthropist, who founded the telecommunications company Celtel International in 1998. Annually, The foundation, through the fellowship program, offers three fellows the opportunities to work in the executive offices of the  AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva), with a stipend of $100,000 each.


During their 12-month stay in the program, Fellows gain both technical and leadership skills, while contributing directly to research and policy design. A special feature of the program is the opportunity to benefit from the direct mentorship of the heads of the host institutions. The Leadership Fellows also become members of the Now Generation Network (NGN), through which they continue to contribute their skills and insights to building a better Africa.


Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, in 2017 while welcoming the 5th Fellow for the year’s program pointed out that he next generation of African leaders will be those who transform Africa. He added that the Mo Ibrahim Fellows have been chosen to learn and develop their leadership potential to make their contribution to the transformation.


Applications for the 2023 edition of the fellowship program are now open and we are here to give you all the necessary information you need about the program and the application guidelines.

Host Institutions

African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa and the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva are the host institutions of Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Program.

Number of Fellows to be selected

1 to 3 fellows from each of the host institutions above.

Fellowship Value

Each Fellow shall have the opportunity to work in the executive offices of the  AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva), with a stipend of $100,000 for a period of 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

For you to be eligible for the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship Program, you must:

  • Be a national of an African country
  • Have a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Be a Master’s degree holder
  • Be under the age of 40, or 45 for women with children
  • Have any additional criteria as set by the host institution(s).

Application Instruction

Applications for this fellowship program are made online via the official website. Check the website (provided below) for more information and guidelines.

Application Deadline

21 October 2022.

Official Website





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Related: Hubert Humphrey Fellowships for International Students in USA.


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