The MILEAD Fellows Program is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole. The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them tackle issues affecting women in their communities and society as a whole- by equipping them with the world class knowledge, skills, values and networks they need to succeed as 21st century women leaders. Applications are welcome from young African women living in Africa and the Diaspora.

The MILEAD Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women with exceptional qualities who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession. To be eligible for the one-year program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEA- including a three-week residential Summer Institute in Ghana; and commit to a community change project. Applicant must be between 19 – 25 years of age. Specific requirements of the program and related dates are outlined in the application package. Please review program and application guidelines carefully, before completing your application.

Objectives of the MILEAD Fellows Program

  • To foster a cadre of young African women leaders empowered to promote social justice and transform their communities.
  • To enhance the capacity of women and girls as advocates and agents for advancing women’s rights and empowerment.
  • To develop leadership capacity in women and girls using different mentoring approaches, such as role modeling, shadowing, peer review, internships, and placements
  • To equip women and girls to build intra- and inter-generational solidarity that cuts across borders.
  • To empower women and girls to facilitate and lead research projects in the areas of leadership.
  • To develop a knowledge base that takes into account different leadership perspectives
  • To identify, strengthen, and maintain critical partnerships that facilitate the development of close links and networks among alumni and between them and other leaders and organizations across the globe.

Programme Benefits

They seek to increase the visibility of women and girls in African society, increase advocacy on women’s issues, and establish a strong international network to promote African women’s leadership. Benefits to selected candidates include:

  • Fellows will gain excellent skills in leadership, activism, research, mentoring, public speaking and advocacy among others.
  • Access to opportunities and resources for education, professional, leadership and personal development. Fellows are also supported to get into top Universities for further education
  • Knowledge of critical cutting-edge issues such as human rights concepts, women’s human rights, leadership concepts, gender equity and social justice.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows become automatic members of the Moremi Fellows network.
  • Fellows enjoy long-term support for both personal and leadership development through Moremi and its partner networks.
  • Fellows’ achievements and initiatives are promoted through our partner network and the media for visibility and exposure.
  • Fellows will have access to readily available Moremi Initiative mentors including some of the most outstanding African women leaders.
  • Fellows are supported to implement personal community leadership projects on issues of importance to their peers, school, community, or country.

How to Apply

Application forms are available online at their website or by request via email. Completed application form must be submitted with two letters of recommendation and CV. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email.

Deadline: March 15, 2012.

You can request application and recommendation forms from the MILEAD Programme Coordinator in Ghana by emailing: [email protected] or download it from their website through the link below

For more information, and to download the application forms (from the bottom of the page), click here

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