Applications for the 2024 cohort of the Future Africa Scholars are now closed! If you are a young African between the ages of 18-25 with a strong passion for research and African development, the Future Africa Scholars program is for you. Applications for the 2025 cohort will open in April 2025. For any inquiries, please contact info@futureafrica.net.

Who are Future Africa Scholars?

The Future Africa Scholars Program is a half-year learning experience with a writing and research-intensive focus aimed at preparing the next generation of high impact public sector leaders for the continent to be able to research and write for impact. The program is based on an expert-curated curriculum. We believe that if more young people envision careers in the public sector, there is a higher possibility of seeing long-term success for political and economic stability. 

Today, the public sector does not attract enough young people for several reasons. Principally, knowledge about the public sector is limited and negative perceptions are rife. The purpose of the Future Africa Scholars Program is to equip young African leaders with the requisite skills for research and communication in order to address misconceptions about the public sector and prepare young people for careers of leadership. The Program is open to young people aged 21-25 who have completed high school. 

Each year, Future Africa recruits and trains a cohort of Scholars across the continent who join the Future Africa leadership network. 

What makes this program unique?

  • We are bridging the gap between young leaders and public sector engagement; 
  • We are engaging in critical conversations around topical issues that will shape the future of our societies;
  • We are connecting like-minded young people across the continent and providing a platform to exchange ideas and inspire each other; 
  • We are providing a platform for young leaders to take their first steps in activating their public interests.
  • We are equipping aspiring public sector leaders with much-needed research and communication skills.

What Support is Available to Scholars?

As a Scholar, you will have access to the following services:

  • Access to a network of high potential young leaders from all across Africa;
  • Access to trainings on research, writing and communication for impact;
  • Access to a mentor with whom you can brainstorm project ideas;
  • Invitation to attend a series of webinars on skills building, leadership, entrepreneurship and African development;
  • Opportunity to participate at workshops and other events organized by Future Africa
  • Certificate of Completion

Scholars to be trained by 2030

Scholars to join each cohort from all over Africa

African countries already represented in the Future Africa network

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible to apply to be a Future Africa Scholar, you should be:

  • Between the ages of 18-25 years;
  • An African living on the continent or in the diaspora;
  • A high school graduate
  • A person who has demonstrated potential for leadership and ability to collaborate;
  • Able to commit to five months of programming with a time commitment of about 2-3 hours each week;
  • Able to access the internet and online platforms
  • Keen on research and passionate about African development topics
  • Keen to take action for political, economic and social change in your local community; 
  • Willing to spread the word about Future Africa and our activities;
  • Committed to long-term collaboration with the Future Africa network.


The purpose of the program is to empower youth leaders across the continent to lead advocacy projects and campaign actively for the implementation of policies and agreements drafted at national, regional and continental levels.