The Young African Leaders Programme of the School of Transnational Governance 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 targets mid-career, high potential policy-makers, diplomats, and professionals from Africa, working in national and local authorities, regional, continental, international organisations and development partners, civil society organisations, academia, media and private sector, in Africa. More precisely, the Programme is open to young female and male professionals, mid-career and executives alike, who are nationals of African countries, residing in Africa and are under the age of forty-five.
We are looking for:
- Mid-career professionals (e.g. in politics, civil service, business, media and non-governmental organisations) from Africa, able to demonstrate both professional experience and potential for future excellence in the policy sphere.
- Potential beneficiaries should have at least seven years of relevant work experience and must be able to demonstrate competencies in professionalism, teamwork, client orientation, planning and organising and potential leadership.
- Potential beneficiaries must hold a Master’s Degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Development, Business Administration, Law, Finance or any other relevant field. To promote and help advance on strategic themes and policy areas relevant to transnational governance, including regional integration and regional governance, gender empowerment, environmental governance and climate change, cross border resource governance, diplomacy, digital politics, cross border economic governance, social sciences, and humanitarian disasters such as pandemics, which are crucial to deliver sustainable and locally-owned development in African countries, as well as to contribute to the effective implementation of the Africa-EU-Partnership and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
- Candidates must prove experience, knowledge or show interest in: (i) strategic planning and execution; (ii) negotiation and change management; (iii) policy formulation, and development implementation of new strategies and procedures; (iv) ability to communicate and interact with officials at all levels of government and to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community; (v) research/analytical work in relevant areas of transnational governance; (vi) working on multilateral, regional or continental African issues.
- Genuinely engaged individuals involved in policy issues, especially those related to transnational governance.
- Self-motivated people, able to present a clear work plan for the fellowship to show what the applicant will achieve and how this work will have a ‘multiplier’ effect after the training programme.
- Curious and engaged contributors. Participants are expected to be part of the EUI community on a daily basis and to participate in peer discussions on topics which may be beyond their expertise.
- People who are fluent in written and spoken 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.
The main language of implementation of the programme’s pilot phase will be English. But, in the longer-term the Programme aims to operate in French as well.
Selection of Fellows
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.
Candidates should submit the following documents in the English language and possibly in PDF:
- CV, including information on the date and place of birth, residency and contact details.
- Short biography. The bio serves the purpose of the selection process and will also be used for communications purposes if the applicant is accepted for the fellowship. It should be written in third person singular and be around 100-120 words (around 800 characters with spaces).
- Letter of motivation (max 1000 words) in PDF, describing the interests and/or links with transnational policy issues, the reasons to apply for the fellowship and future professional milestones.
- Note with title (max. 1000 words) in PDF, describing the expectations for the fellowship as well as which policy area in transnational governance (i.e. peace and security, gender, sustainability, migration, green transition and energy, digitalization) the candidate would like to focus during the fellowship. The note will be useful to tailor training courses, as well as will possibly prepare the fellow for the final fellowship assignment (i.e. policy paper/report/brief, an article, social media piece, etc.) The note must be clear and structured, with well-defined and realistic goals that can be achieved within the duration of the fellowship.
- A copy of the highest educational certificate and the medium of instruction this highest level education was offered.
- Name and contact details of one referee, preferably a person who has worked with the applicant, whom the EUI may contact. Preference should be given to non-academic referees.
The deadline for submitting the requested documents and the name/contact of the referee is 31 March 2021, 23h59 (Central European Time). 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: STG.Africa@eui.eu.
Before submitting your application, please read the Privacy Statement attached to the Call for Applications.
If in doubt or if in need of support, please contact STG.Africa@eui.eu before the deadline.
STG is an equal opportunity environment that is committed to inclusion and diversity. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. All fellowships are decided on the basis of qualifications, motivations and merit.
The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). English certificate is not requested as part of the application, but successful candidates may be invited for an interview in English and requested to provide a certificate/supporting document on registration. This can be one of the international certificates listed below, or another supporting document showing that the candidate’s level of English is sufficient for using it as a working language (for example, a certificate of attendance of English language schools, a degree in English as a foreign language, a proof of work at an English-speaking environment). Native English speakers are exempt of proof.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Cambridge English Examinations (CAE)
- Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)• Business English Certificate (BEC)
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.