work with some of Africa's most dynamic companies


  • Educational and professional experience, including transcript(s) (can be official or unofficial)
  • 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 - one reference is required, two is preferred


  • November 1, 2016: Round 1 (preferred) 
  • December 1, 2016: Round 2 (final) 

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 only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. There is no ethnicity requirement. 

2017 Fellowship timeline

key deadlines

Applications Open

Preferred (Round 1) Application Deadline

Final (Round 2) Application Deadline


U.S. Orientation

Travel to Respective Countries

In-Country Orientation & First Day at Work

In-Country Retreat

Three Month Fellows Return to U.S. 

African Leadership Network's Annual Gathering

Six Month Fellows Return to U.S. 


June 21, 2016

November 1, 2016

December 1, 2016


First week of June 2017

First week of June 2017

No later than June 15, 2017

August 2017

September 2017

November 2017

December 2017

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ABF Partners