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Obama Foundation African Leaders Program 2024

Obama Foundation African Leaders Program (Fully-Funded To The US) 2024/2025

The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program is searching for emerging leaders with demonstrated potential for impact, a strong commitment to integrity, and who are in the early stages of their journey.

Application Deadline: February 9, 2024, at 12:00 PM United States Central Time (UTC-6).

Countries eligible: African nations

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

About the Program: While in the White House, the Obamas traveled throughout the African continent, witnessing inspiring stories of young African leaders driving positive change. Since then, they have established partnerships to broaden opportunities and forge new connections for dedicated leaders, beginning with the inaugural Leaders Africa program in 2018.

Leaders Africa is a six-month, virtual, non-residential leadership program for 35 emerging leaders from across the continent. The program focuses on developing values-based leadership skills and fostering strong relationships among cohort members.

The Virtual Leaders Africa program is designed to identify outstanding individuals in the public sector, civil society, and private sector who demonstrate a strong commitment to addressing specific issues and can demonstrate the impact of their efforts. Our objective is to establish a network of leaders grounded in values, fostering positive and innovative changes in their communities, across Africa, and globally.

Participants engage in the following key components of the program:

  1. Weekly Virtual Video Calls: These live virtual sessions serve as the primary platform for collective participation. Occurring approximately four times a month, these sessions include a variety of content such as conversations with experts, introductions to leadership frameworks, skill development, etc. Interactive small group work takes place in breakout rooms during these sessions.
  2. Monthly Community Group Leaders: Participants collaborate in peer learning groups, promoting deeper relationship building and shared learning. These groups offer opportunities to reflect on case studies of influential African leaders and discuss open questions arising from group sessions.
  3. Individualized Leadership Coaching: Each leader is paired with a coach to enhance self-awareness, clarify goals, brainstorm ideas, achieve development objectives, and unlock their full potential.

Type: Training


Location: The program is currently open to individuals residing in any country or territory within Africa.

Citizenship and Residency: To be eligible, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Citizen of an African country or territory
  • Permanent resident of an African country or territory
  • Have resided in an African country or territory for a minimum of 5 years, regardless of citizenship or permanent resident status

Geographic Focus: Your work should be centered on creating positive change for local communities, an African nation or territory, and/or the African region as a whole. You must demonstrate a strong commitment to continuing your work within the African region.

Leadership Experience: Applicants should be able to showcase a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in their respective fields.

Age: You must be between 24 and 45 years old as of August 26, 2024.

Linguistic Competence

You should possess professional proficiency in both spoken and written English.

Political Engagement: From the moment of acceptance into the program until May 1, 2025, participants are required to refrain from involvement in any electoral campaign as a candidate for political office. Selection decisions are anticipated to be communicated in July and August 2024.

Commitment to the Program: It is essential to commit to full participation throughout the six-month program. The Leaders Africa program is scheduled to commence the week of September 9, 2024, and conclude no later than May 1, 2025, with planned breaks. The exact dates are subject to change. Participants must be available for 8 to 12 hours of mandatory virtual programming each month, along with attendance at required leadership coaching sessions and active participation in community group discussions throughout the program.

Jurisdiction and Eligibility for a U.S.-Based Program: The Obama Foundation, hosting the program, is based in the United States. To partake in the program, individuals must not be subject to any legal or regulatory restrictions that would hinder their participation in the Foundation’s virtual programming or their ability to travel to the United States for potential in-person programming.

Number of Grants: unspecified

Grant Coverage: The Obama Foundation will handle expenses associated with economy class travel, accommodation, and meals for the entire duration of the program.

Application Procedure: All applications must be submitted through the program’s official webpage.

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