MILEAD Fellowship Program for Young African Women Leaders, 2015

Moremi Initiative for Women Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) offer Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellowship Program for young African women between 19–25 years of age. The MILEAD Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. Applicants must agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD – beginning with a three-week residential Summer Institute in Ghana; and commit to a community change project. Applicants must be Africans, living on the continent or in the Diaspora.

Study Subject(s): Fellowship is awarded for leadership development.
Course Level: Fellowship is offered for one year long-term leadership development program.
Scholarship Provider: Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative)
Scholarship can be taken at: Africa

Eligibility: To participate applicants must:
-Be a young African woman (between 19 and 25 years of age);
-Demonstrate leadership potential and promise
-Show track record of interest in service to the community
-Demonstrate high academic potential- with ability to participate in vigorous under-graduate level program
-Have a working knowledge of the English language
-Outstanding personal qualities, including openness to interpersonal and multicultural experiences

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Applications are welcome from young women living in Africa (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, São Tomé and Príncipe, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

Scholarship Description: The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and thrive in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole. The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa. Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women. Moremi Initiative believes that the full and active participation of women in leadership is a pre-requisite for positive change and development in Africa.

Number of award(s): The MILEAD Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession.

Duration of award(s): It is a one year program.

Note: This one year program is not a full-time fellowship. Selected candidates may remain full time students or work full time for the program duration, except during the 3–week summer institute. The 3-week summer institute is an intensive and full-time residential program and all fellows will be required to attend. The rest of the program involves community-based, online and other distance activities.

What does it cover? The full cost of the summer institute is $4,500 and covers travels, accommodation, tuition, all meals, site visits, local events, training materials and all program related costs. Moremi Initiative will ensure the participation of all selected candidates regardless of their financial situation. Program benefits for selected candidates include:
-Fellows will gain excellent skills in leadership, activism, research, mentoring, public speaking and advocacy among others.
-National to global recognition as one of Africa’s most promising women leaders.
-Access to opportunities and resources for education, professional, leadership and personal development. Fellows are supported to get into top Universities for further education.
-Knowledge of critical cutting-edge issues such as human rights concepts, women’s human rights, leadership concepts, gender equity and social justice.
-Upon successful completion of the program, fellows become automatic members of the Moremi Fellow’s Network.
-Long term Support:
-Fellow’s achievements and initiatives are promoted through our partner network and the media for visibility and exposure.
-Fellows will have access to readily available Moremi Initiative mentors including some of the most outstanding African women leaders.
-Applicants are supported to implement personal community leadership projects on issues of importance to their peers, school, community or country.

Selection Criteria: Moremi Initiative is seeking young African women of all backgrounds and career interests who have the potential and commitment to make meaningful contributions as leaders in their communities, in politics, business, reproductive health and a host of other areas of development. Fellows are selected through a vigorous and highly competitive process. The MILEAD program places importance on recruiting applicants from communities that are under-represented in public leadership.

Notification: Following the interview, a list of admitted fellows will be finalized and posted on Moremi Initiative’s Website on May 28, 2015. A short list of additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list to fill any spots that may become available prior to the start of the program.All shortlisted applicants will be advised of their status by email by end of May.

How to Apply: Completed application forms must be submitted along with a CV and two recommendation letters. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 20th March, 2015.

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