Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) calls for applications for the 2014 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program. The MILEAD Fellows Program is a long-term leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and thrive in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole.
Emerging African women leaders who have the passion and potential to help transform the continent are invited to apply. Please note that this one year program is not a full-time fellowship. Selected candidates may remain full time students or work full time for the program duration, except during the 3–week summer institute. The 3-week summer institute is an intensive and full-time residential program and all fellows will be required to attend. The rest of the program involves community-based, online and other distance activity

  • Each class of MILEAD Fellows consists of twenty-five young women who participate in a yearlong transformational leadership training and community leadership projects with support and mentoring. The one-year curriculum involves approximately 35 days of face-to-face and online training plus the time allocated to mentoring and community service projects.
  • The MILEAD program includes a three-week summer institute, quarterly online seminars, informal networking, mentoring, community leadership projects and exchange programs with other professionals.  The three-week summer institute is a residential training session comprised of lectures, discussions and workshops, visits to institutions, meetings with key leaders, case studies of successful leaders, assigned readings, research, presentations, and internships.

Worth of Awards
Program benefits for selected candidates include:

  • The full cost of the 2014 Summer Institute is $4,500 and covers travels, accommodation, tuition, all meals, site visits, local events, training materials and all program related costs. Moremi Initiative will ensure the participation of all selected candidates regardless of their financial situation. No qualified candidate will be denied participation due to financial need. However, due to the increasing demand for the programs, and for sustainability purposes, they are encouraging participants to approach local donors for partial sponsorship to meet their costs. All selected candidates get automatic partial scholarships.  A limited number of full scholarships are available.
  • The appointment as a participant in the MILEAD program carries no stipend.
  • Fellows will gain excellent skills in leadership, activism, research, mentoring, public speaking and advocacy among others.
  • National to global recognition as one of Africa’s most promising women leaders.
  • Access to opportunities and resources for education, professional, leadership and personal development. Fellows are supported to enter 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 Fellow’s Network.

Long term Support:

  • Fellow’s achievements and initiatives are promoted through partner networks 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.
  • Applicants are supported to implement personal community leadership projects on issues of importance to their peers, school, community or country.


  • The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa.
  • The MILEAD Program equips Fellows 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 between 19 – 25 years of age, living in Africa and the Diaspora.
  • To be eligible for the program, an applicant must be African, living on the continent or in the Diaspora; agree to participate in all required activities related to MILEAD – beginning with a three-week residential Summer Institute in Ghana; and commit to a community change project.
  • 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

The MILEAD Fellowship will be awarded to 25 outstanding young women who have exhibited leadership potential in their community, organization, and/or profession.
How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following materials

  • Completed “2014 MILEAD Application Form”.
  • Resumé/Curriculum Vitae (C.V.).
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional, community or academic referees.

Application Steps:

  • Step 1:Complete Application Form [Please download and fill out the application form as a word document]
  • Step 2: Submit your resume/ CV and two letters of reference together with your completed form by email. Resume and letters of recommendation can be submitted together with the application or separately. Reference letters can also be submitted directly by your Referees.
  • Step 3: Check online/emailin April to see if you have been invited to attend an interview. Sign up for a phone interview, if invited. Shortlisted candidates for interviews will be announced on our Facebook page in April.
  • Step 4: Participate in a 30-minute phone interview.
  • Step 5: Check online/email to see your acceptance status.
  • Step 6:If offered the Fellowship, accept or decline our offer by email or by phone.
  • Step 7: Participate in media related announcements at national level.
  • Step 8: Make logistical arrangements to attend summer institute in July/August 2014.
  • Step 9: Prepare for institute by reading materials and completing assignments.
  • Step 10: Identify and approach personal mentor.

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted by email.
Deadline: The deadline for completed MILEAD Fellows applications is Friday, March 14, 2014. Note: Applications will only be reviewed upon receiving all four documents.  All forms must be received by March 14, 2014 to be considered selection.  Selected candidates will be notified of the selection committee’s decision on May 28, 2014.
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