Applications for the 2024 cohort of the Future Africa Fellowship have now closed. If you are a young African between the ages of 21-30 with great passion for transforming Africa through the public sector, you may apply for the 2025 cohort when applications re-open in February 2025. For any inquiries, contact info@futureafrica.net

About the Fellowship

The Future Africa Fellowship is a year-long learning experience that provides aspiring public sector leaders and social innovators with the knowledge, network and skills required to transform the African political economy. The Fellowship incorporates research, debate and rigorous analysis designed to empower Fellows to participate in developing implementable policy proposals for local, national and regional contexts.

Key components of the Fellowship

During the virtual programme, Fellows will familiarize themselves with contemporary debates on African socio-political and development issues, evaluate varying perspectives on policy approaches, engage in quality debate and develop critical reviews of existing policies and new proposals designed to address Africa’s development needs. A core element of the Fellowship is a quarterly Forum, bridging the gap between aspiring public sector leaders and current development practitioners.

Public sector leaders to be trained by 2030

Fellows currently in the Network

Who is eligible?

The Future Africa Fellowship is open to:

  • African citizens living on the continent or in the diaspora;
  • Between the ages of 21-30 years;
  • Passionate about understanding the African political economy and engaging in development reforms;
  • Interested in participating in quality debate by providing national/international perspectives;
  • Able to commit to an 8-month programme requiring weekly engagement.


The purpose of the fellowship is to develop a community of young Africans who are passionate and knowledgeable about the political and economic dimensions of African development, and equipped to engage in development reforms from a pan-African perspective.

2024 Fellowship schedule

The 2024 cohort of the Future Africa Fellowship will run from April 6th – November 30th, 2024.

Key activities will include:

  • Weekly peer discussions and analytical debates.
  • Bi-weekly selected readings on thematic issues, ranging from elections and democratic governance to domestic and global policy analysis;
  • Monthly case study simulations;
  • Monthly written reflections and analyses on topical issues;
  • Quarterly guest speaker Forum with development practitioners and public sector leaders.

Opportunities through the Fellowship

Through the Fellowship, all participants will have access to:

  • Certificate of completion of the Fellowship;
  • Expanded network of emerging leaders across Africa to collaborate on pan-African projects;
  • Access to a wide range of development experts and public sector leaders, sharing perspectives from their work;
  • Written articles published on Future Africa’s website and promoted on Future Africa’s social platforms;
  • Recommendation letters from Future Africa for future opportunities.