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African Leadership Academy (ALA) Fellowships

African Leadership Academy (ALA) Fellowships

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About the Academy

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting thousands of leaders for the continent over the next few decades. The Academy is founded on the philosophy that a new generation of ethical, committed leaders is the key to Africa’s development. ALA seeks to become training ground for these future leaders. Each year, ALA draws the most outstanding students from across Africa to its campus in South Africa. Here, they build a powerful intellectual foundation and develop their leadership capacity through ALA’s unique curriculum in Entrepreneurial Leadership. ALA then works with these young leaders throughout their lives as they enable lasting positive change on the African continent.

About the Role

ALA Fellowships are two-year posts for young professionals who have completed their undergraduate studies within the past five years. ALA Fellows work closely with talented and passionate students from across the African continent through teaching and/or professional staff supporting roles. Teaching Fellows collaborate with exceptional educators and mentors, teaching courses in areas of expertise and gaining broad practical experience in  teaching and learning. Staff Fellows assist in areas such as strategic relations or admissions, developing skills in project management. All Fellows participate actively in student life as resident advisors and coaches overseeing extracurricular activities, bringing energy and cultivating a vibrant culture of leadership, innovation, and international cooperation on campus. Fellows receive housing, a stipend to cover living expenses, and are eligible for a grant to enable one professionally relevant travel excursion during the course of the Fellowship.

Expected Responsibilities

  • Teach courses and/or lead projects directly serving the mission of ALA.
  • Actively contribute to holistic student life at ALA by leading extracurricular student groups such as sports teams, clubs, or other activities.
  • Serve as an advisor to a group of 6-8 students and tutor on duty in the dormitory one evening per week.
  • Participate in diverse professional development programs to support the overall mission of the Academy

Profile of Ideal Candidate

  • Creative and passionate about the field of education
  • Celebrates opportunities to interact with people from very diverse cultural and social economic backgrounds
  • Embraces a culture of leadership, international cooperation and excellence
  • Open-minded and willing to share expertise and experiences, and to learn from others
  • Loves to take on challenges and not afraid to work hard

Desired Experience

  • BA or BS degree from a leading university, with an excellent academic transcript and record of outstanding citizenship.
  • A track record of leadership and results in extracurricular or professional activities.
  • Experience working with young people in a mentoring, teaching, or coaching capacity.
  • Experience developing strong relationships with people from a variety of different ages, cultures, religions, and socioeconomic groups.
  • Experience in a boarding school or as a university Residential Advisor is a plus.
  • Fluent in English. Fluency or proficiency in other languages spoken broadly on the continent (French, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, Yoruba, etc.) is a plus.

Start Date and Compensation

Fellowships will begin in August 2017 and last for two years. Fellows will receive housing on campus and a stipend payment to cover living expenses. Fellows are also eligible for a modest Summer Exploration grant to enable one professionally relevant travel excursion during the course of Fellowship tenure.

Application Process and Timing

To watch a video about working at ALA, click here. To apply, complete the form below and attach your CV, cover letter and writing sample. Applications will be accepted through February 17, 2017.

Official Link


Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline17 February,2017



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