The Africa Business Fellowship 2015 Applications Open

The Africa Business Fellowship is a partnership between Econet, African Leadership Network (ALN), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). The program will match young American business professionals with paid 6-month placements in African companies. Its purpose is to strengthen relationships between the African and American business communities and provide future American business leaders with the hands-on experience they need to truly understand business in Africa.


  • Educational and professional experience, including official transcript(s)
  • 3 brief essay questions that help us understand your passions, skills and interests, as well as how the Fellowship ties to your career objectives
  • 2 minute video response which allows our candidates to share more about themselves
  • Written professional reference(s) from employer or other professional who can speak to candidate’s leadership experience and potential


  • October 1, 2015: Round 1 (preferred) application deadline
  • November 9, 2015: Round 2 (final) application deadline


We are looking for innovative and driven professionals, with strong leadership potential, who have a deep passion for learning about and experiencing first-hand business in Africa and promoting America-Africa business relationships.  The ideal candidate will have:

  • MBA and/or 5+ years of meaningful business experience
  • Track record of academic achievement and early professional success
  • Strong analytic and communication skills
  • Community-level leadership accomplishments
  • Personal traits that reflect their potential: humility, integrity, ability to engage others, and a long-term vision for their place in the world

The Fellowship is open to US citizens and permanent residents. There is no ethnicity requirement. 


First Day to Submit Application                                                           July 23, 2015
Preferred (Round 1) Application Deadline                                        October 1, 2015
Final (Round 2) Application Deadline                                                November 9, 2015
Interviews                                                                                                  November – December, 2015
Fellowships Offers Made                                                                        February 2016
US Orientation                                                                                         June 2016
Travel to Respective Countries                                                             Immediately after US Orientation (June 2016)
In-Country Orientation & First Day at Work                                    Few Days after Arrival
In-Country Retreat                                                                                 August 2016
ALN Annual Gathering & Return to US                                             November 2016

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