Deadline: 31st March, 2021

Application is now open for The Young African Leaders Programme 2021. The program provides a unique opportunity for policy experts from Africa to further develop their policy work and professional skills amidst international experts.

In the dynamic academic environment of the European University Institute in Florence, selected participants will take part in workshops, training and skills development sessions, conferences, study visits and field trips in Europe. Interaction with the other fellows, policy-makers and the academic community at the EUI will make this a truly unforgettable experience.

The three-month leadership programme will take place between September and November 2021 and places are fully-funded with a grant of € 2,500 per month. The African experts must live in the area of Florence for the duration of their stay. The language of the programme is English.   


The Programme expressly aims at ensuring a balanced mix within the participants in terms of gender, geographical origins, country’s income and fragility levels, mandate of the institutions they work for, past experiences, professional backgrounds, so as to represent the diversity of Africa and provide opportunities to less-advantaged applicants.  

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The STG will establish a Selection Committee, composed of EUI/STG and DG International Partnerships (INTPA) representatives, which will steer the selection process. In selecting potential beneficiaries, beyond quality and experience of each of the candidates, the Selection Committee will pay particular attention to gender balance, fair presence of the different categories of actors (authorities, civil society, international organisations, etc.), as well as good representativeness across sub-regional geographical areas in Africa, as well as looking at creating opportunities to candidates that have not joined such type of programmes in the past.


The leadership programme has a duration of 3 months: September – November 2021.

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The programme will be structured as follows:

  1. Executive Training Seminars, on thematic issues;
  2. Professional Development Workshops, providing a set of leadership skills, tools and concrete case studies;
  3. Study Visits to international organisations and EU institutions
  4. Final individual written assignment
  5. Award of the YALP certificate of attendance
  6. Connection to network of scholars and practitioners knowledgeable in relevant transnational governance 



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Candidates should submit the following documents in the English language and possibly in PDF:


Candidates are reviewed by a committee consisting of the staff of the programme, policy makers and academics. Shortlisted candidates may be requested an interview. Referees may be approached for additional information. Final approval is made by the EUI Executive Committee. The decision is final and there is no appeal. 

The application deadline for the 2021 fellowship is 31 March 2021 (12:00 noon CET).  No extensions will be granted and late applications will not be accepted.


Kindly, submit the requested documents and the name/contact of the referee together in only one email indicating “YALP Submission 2021” in the subject, to the email address: 

For more information visit the official webpage of young African Leaders Program 2021

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