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Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme 2019 for Young African Leaders

Deadline: December 15, 2018

The African Leadership Institute is accepting nominations for the Archbishop Tutu Fellowship Programme 2019. As AFLI’s flagship leadership development programme, the Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme welcomes an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young leaders, representing a wide range of sectors.

Offered on a part-time basis over six months, the Programme includes two 9-day Group Learning Modules with an impressive array of distinguished leaders and faculty. These are intensive interactive workshops; one at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility (South Africa), and the other split between Oxford University and London (UK).

The Programme has been designed specifically for African leaders in consultation with our African faculty and advisors and with Oxford, whose famous tutorial style has been adopted. It provides participants with an intensive learning and broadening experience on the principles and application of leadership, and an opportunity to explore the issues and specific characteristics of leadership in Africa, as well as the global challenges and dimensions of an African leader.

Upon completing the Programme, Tutu Fellows return to play active roles in their respective communities, countries and spheres of influence. Great value is placed upon becoming a member of an established exclusive and supportive network of Africa’s future leaders – the Tutu Fellows. As part of this network of global leaders, all Fellows are expected to attend AFLI alumni events, as well as function as ambassadors for the Fellowship across all segments of society.


As one would expect from a programme that targets the cream of Africa’s future leaders, who are deemed to bring about massive change throughout the continent, the selection of candidates for the Fellowship is rigorous and thorough.

  • The Awards are aimed at the cream of the continent’s future leaders, specifically targeting the next generation of Africa’s leaders in all sectors of society, between the ages of 25 and 39. (They must be under the age of 40 on 30 April of the year of the programme.)
  • Candidates must be citizens of an African country, and must be currently living in Africa, or temporarily placed abroad by their employer or completing further education abroad, or working on African projects for a global organisation. They should be committed to living in Africa and to actively contributing to its long-term success.
  • They are keen to seek outstanding candidates who may not otherwise have access to such a leadership training opportunity or who have not yet benefited from the variety of leadership initiatives now being offered by various institutions.

Selection Criteria

  • In terms of selection criteria, AFLI emphasizes integrity, strong values and responsibility, courage and a demonstrated ability to lead and inspire.
  • A candidate must demonstrate a commitment to Africa and to serving the greater community.
  • They seek leaders not managers.


  • Only nominated candidates will be considered for admission into the programme.
  • Nominators are required to complete the Nomination Form for a proposed candidate with a deadline for receipt of nominations of 15th December in the year prior to the programme.
  • Nomination forms will be reviewed and selected nominees invited to submit an application to AFLI.

Nominees recommendations are required to have been received by AFLI by 15 December 2018. Nominees are required to submit a formal application form by the 15th of January 2019, and we expect to announce the awards at the end of February. The 2019 Tutu Fellowship Programme starts at the end of April.

For more information, visit Tutu Fellowship

This article was originally published on OpportunityDesk.org

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