Archbishop Tutu Fellowships for Young African Leaders

Archbishop Tutu Fellowships for Young African Leaders


As AFLI’s flagship leadership development programme, the Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme welcomes an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young leaders, representing a wide range of sectors.

To be taken at (country): South Africa. Other locations will be split between Oxford University and London (UK)

About the Award:

Offered on a part-time basis over six months, the Programme includes two 9-day Group Learning Modules with an impressive array of distinguished leaders and faculty.

These are intensive interactive workshops; one at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility (South Africa), and the other split between Oxford University and London (UK).

The Programme has been designed specifically for African leaders in consultation with our African faculty and advisors and with Oxford, whose famous tutorial style has been adopted.

It provides participants with an intensive learning and broadening experience on the principles and application of leadership, and an opportunity to explore the issues and specific characteristics of leadership in Africa, as well as the global challenges and dimensions of an African leader.

The programme places emphasis on learning and experiencing, not teaching, offering a variety of formal and innovative informal learning opportunities to enhance the leadership capabilities of the candidate.

Emphasis is also placed on peer interaction and feedback, and the participants highly value being able to share pan-African perspectives and experiences. Overall it provides a unique environment for mid-career self reflection on one’s leadership journey in transforming Africa, and has been described as life changing by many participants.

Upon completing the Programme, Tutu Fellows return to play active roles in their respective communities, countries and spheres of influence.

Great value is placed upon becoming a member of an established exclusive and supportive network of Africa’s future leaders – the Tutu Fellows. As part of this network of global leaders, all Fellows are expected to attend AFLI alumni events, as well as function as ambassadors for the Fellowship across all segments of society.

Selection Criteria:

In terms of

selection criteria, AFLI emphasizes integrity, strong values and responsibility, courage and a demonstrated ability to lead and inspire. A candidate must demonstrate a commitment to Africa and to serving the greater community. We seek leaders not managers.

Selection Process:

Competition is extremely tough for the 20 fellowship places available; each year we receive over 200 top quality nominations from all over Africa, which are put forward by our existing Fellows, Partners and network of influential leaders.Only once candidates have been nominated, may they submit an application to AFLI.

Number of Awardees: 20

Value of Fellowship:

  • Entry into awards
  • Thought-leadership and speaking opportunities
  • Advocacy opportunities
  • Networking opportunities and network memberships
  • Access to projects, causes and campaigns
  • Collaborating with like-minded peers on projects
  • Job opportunities
  • Pan-African exposure
  • Attendance of multi-country meetings
  • Leadership of, and participation in, multi-country organisations and projects
  • International exposure
  • Opportunities for ongoing debate and
  • knowledge-exchange
  • Profiling in the media
  • Peer to Peer accountability
  • Selected as board members or trustees to high profile companies/organisations

    Duration of Fellowship:

  • 1 year

    How to Apply:

  • Only once candidates have been nominated, may they submit an application to AFLI.
  • Award Provider: African Leadership Institute (AFLI)
  • For more information and scholarships, fellowships or Internships application details, see; Archbishop Tutu Fellowships for Young African Leaders


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