Opportunities for Host Institutions for 2021 Fellowship

A group of people sit at a table, facing to the right toward a speaker who is off-camera.
2019 Fellows attending a Leadership in Business Institute at the University of Notre Dame listen to a speaker during a site visit.

IREX, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, is seeking a limited number of partners to complement an existing cohort of U.S. colleges, universities, and organizations who receive subawards to host 25 young African leaders for a non-credit, non-degree, six-week intensive executive-style leadership and professional development program.  Due to the ongoing global pandemic, and with the safety and well-being of Fellows and Partners as the highest priority, selected U.S. institutional partners will be relied upon to remain as flexible and responsive as possible in adjusting planning and programming to meet the needs of the Fellowship and individual Fellows.

Highlights of the 2021 Fellowship will include:

  • Promising young leaders between the ages of 25 and 35 will enhance their skills and expertise at selected U.S. colleges and universities through Leadership Institutes in one of three themes: Business, Civic Engagement, and Public Management.
  • Each Leadership Institute hosting a cohort of 25 Fellows from mid-June through July 2021 for a non-credit, non-degree, executive leadership style academic program.
  • An intensive Institute model that combines practical academic sessions, leadership training, site visits, professional networking opportunities, community service, and organized cultural activities to maximize professional adult learning and cultural exchange.
  • Programming that strengthens connections between the United States and Africa and establishes enduring partnerships between Fellows, local communities, and private businesses.

Applications are due by October 30, 2020.

Please contact Alison Boland-Reeves, Senior Program Officer, at abolandreeves@irex.org  with any questions.

Download the Request for Proposal Documents