Akili Dada Fellowship for Young African Women Leaders, 2017

Akili Dada Fellowship for Young African Women Leaders, and applications are submitted till Friday, November 11th 2016Applications are invited for Akili Dada fellowship from young African Women  leaders between the ages of 23-30. fellowship is available for those who are driving transformative change in their communities and are looking to grow their projects to scale and sustainability. Applicants must be from an economically disadvantaged background and be able to commit one year to the fellowship program (beginning January 2016 and ending December 2016). Applicants must be able to attend trainings every other month for one week in Nairobi, Kenya are eligible. Full details: 

School(Institutions/ Country): | Kenya (to attend training every other month for one week), Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi

Level: This is a one year fellowship program

Field(s): Fellowship is awarded to design and implement solutions to the challenges faced by their communities. It provides opportunities for dynamic young women leaders to learn essential skills and apply those skills in the context of their communities.

Deadline: Friday, November 11th 2016

Funded By: Akili Dada, Kenya

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Akili Dada Fellowship is targeted for Young women from marginalized communities (women living with disabilities, pastoralists, Arid and Semi-Arid Land areas) are encouraged to apply

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Not Specified

Scholarship Duration: Fellowship is awarded for a period of one year.

Scholarship covers: Akili Dada fellows will benefit from

  • Access to a series of seminars from experts in the social change field
  • Site visits to successful social entrepreneurship and social impact organizations
  • Access to a dynamic network of Akili Dada Mentors
  • Access to the Akili Dada network of funding partners and social change agents

Access to Akili Dada’s office facilities.


‣ Akili Dada is an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the underserved will transform their communities.

‣ This leadership development curriculum creates the foundation on which young women ages 13-35 build their skills and earn the essential qualifications they need to access key decision-making roles and leadership positions.

‣ By selecting from and building the capacity of some of Africa’s most innovative young women change makers, they are meeting the urgent need for both more African women in leadership as well as the overall need for transformative leadership across the continent.


Have what it takes to avail Akili Dada Fellowship ?

‣ Be a young woman between the ages of 23-30

‣ Be from an economically disadvantaged background.

‣ Have a Social Enterprise (a business with a social impact) or a Social Innovation (an initiative that has social impact).

‣ Demonstrate previous leadership initiative and experience.

‣ Have been working on your project for at least two years preferably on a full time basis

‣ Be able to commit one year to the fellowship program (beginning January 2016 and ending December 2016)

‣ Be able to attend training every other month for one week in Nairobi, Kenya

‣ Must be able to communicate in English both written and verbal.

Selection Criteria for Akili Dada Fellowship

Fellows will be selected on the basis of

‣ The strength of their social change project

‣ Previous leadership initiative

‣ Willingness to learn from peers and more experienced mentors

‣ The ability to share their skills with peers and intended project beneficiaries

All fellows need to have deep roots in the communities they seek to transform and be from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Selection is NOT based on past academic performance or qualifications.


‣ Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Completed applications can be submitted via website or sent via e-mail to apply-at-akilidada.org.

‣ Here 's the Online Application

‣ Also submit two Letters of Recommendation from persons who are well acquainted with you, your commitment to social change work, demonstrated leadership initiative and experience, and your connection to the community where you intend to implement your fellowship project.

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on Friday, November 11th 2016

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about Akili Dada Fellowship


2016 Africa FellowshipsKenyaRwandaTanzaniaUgandawomen November deadline

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