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The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships were established in 2011 to identify and mentor the future generation of outstanding African leaders. Each year three Fellows have an opportunity to work in the executive offices of the AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva), with a stipend of $100,000. 

During their 12-month programmes, Fellows gain both technical and leadership skills, while contributing directly to research and policy design. A special feature of the programme is the opportunity to benefit from the direct mentorship of the heads of the host organisations. 

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.


  • 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
  • Fellowships are open to young professionals, mid-career and new executives from Africa with relevant work experience and a master’s degree


  • The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive office of either the AfDB (Abidjan), ECA (Addis Ababa) or the ITC (Geneva) with an annual stipend of $100,000

About Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) was established in 2006 to focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support advancements in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to bring about meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, helps to define, assess and enhance governance and leadership in Africa using the following tools; The Ibrahim Index of African Governance, the most comprehensive collection of quantitative data on governance in Africa, The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which celebrates excellence in African leadership, The Ibrahim Forum, an annual high-level conference that tackles issues of critical importance to Africa, The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships, which identify and support potential African leaders of the future by placing them at key multilateral institutions and The Ibrahim Scholarships, which support aspiring African leaders at a number of distinguished academic institutions.