Africa Business Fellowship

The prestigious Africa Business Fellowship is a unique initiative that places talented American professionals within leading African companies for a minimum of 3 and up to 6 months. This opportunity will offer Fellows invaluable experience in one of the world’s fastest-growing global markets. Fellows will be exposed to sectors driving the continent’s dynamism, attend local seminars, and build relationships with some of the most influential African leaders on the continent.

Through this joint partnership, Econet (founded and led by Strive Masiyiwa, and also the Fellowship’s benefactor), Africa Leadership Network and MLT will offer this unparalleled opportunity for American professionals to gain invaluable insight and hands-on experience in African businesses. It is a career development opportunity, an inter-cultural exchange program, and a networking platform for participating Fellows.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • November 1, 2017: Round 1 (preferred) application deadline
  • December 1, 2017: Round 2 (final) application deadline

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

We are looking for innovative and driven professionals, with strong leadership potential, who have a deep passion for learning about and experiencing first-hand business in Africa and promoting America-Africa business relationships.  The ideal candidate will have:

 

  • Graduate Degree and/or 4+ years of meaningful business experience
  • Track record of academic achievement and early professional success
  • Strong analytic and communication skills
  • Community-level leadership accomplishments
  • Personal traits that reflect their potential: humility, integrity, ability to engage others, and a long-term vision for their place in the world

The Fellowship is open to US citizens and permanent residents. There is no ethnicity requirement.

2018 FELLOWSHIP TIMELINE

Applications Open: June 21, 2017

 

Preferred (Round 1) Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

 

Final (Round 2) Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

 

U.S. Orientation: First week of June 2018

 

Travel to Respective Countries: First week of June 2018

 

In-Country Orientation & First Day at Work: No later than June 15, 2018

 

In-Country Retreat: August TBD

 

Three Month Fellows Return to U.S.: September 2018

 

African Leadership Network’s Annual Gathering: November 2018

 

Six Month Fellows Return to U.S.: December 2018

 

 

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ Page for more information or write to us at info@africabusinessfellowship.com.