Application Deadline: January 15 2013
The Akili Dada Fellows program awards year-long, renewable fellowships to young women leaders engaged in social change projects of their design. The program serves as an incubator providing financial, intellectual, mentoring, and networking resources to young women as they grow their projects to scale and sustainability.
These fellowships were created in direct response to the absence of African women among the ranks of those celebrated in existing social entrepreneurship incubators.
Akili Dada is an international award winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the underserved is transforming their communities.
By selecting from and building the capacity of some of Africa’s most innovative young women change makers, the akili dada fellowship is meeting the urgent need for both more African women in leadership, as well as the overall need for transformative leadership across the continent.
To be launched in January 2013, the Akili Dada Fellowship program is an opportunity for African women to design and implement solutions to the challenges faced by their communities.
These one year fellowships (renewable for up to 3 years) will be awarded to young women leaders between the ages of 17-35 who are driving transformative change in their communities and are looking to grow their projects to scale and sustainability.
Fellows will be selected on the basis of the strength of their social change project, previous leadership initiative, willingness to learn from peers and more experienc
ed mentors, and the ability to share their skills with peers and intended project beneficiaries.
All fellows will need to have deep roots in the communities they seek to
transform and be from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In order to reach out to young women who may not have had access to formal education, selection will not be based on past academic performance.
Applications from young women engaged in social entrepreneurship are encouraged.
Akili Dada fellows will benefit from a modest stipend for the duration of the fellowship, a series of seminars from experts in the field, site visits to successful social entrepreneurship organizations, an assigned mentor, access to the Akili Dada network of funding partners and social change agents, and access to Akili Dada’s office facilities.
By the completion of the program we expect fellows to possess the skills and resources required to lead a strong, healthy, sustainable,and accountable organization that is bringing about measureable social change.
1.Be a woman between the ages of 17-35.
2. Be from an economically disadvantaged background.
3. Demonstrate previous leadership initiative and experience.
4. Be implementing or in the process of conceptualizing a social change project aimed at providing a solution to an identified challenge in their community. (3 page proposal expected with the application)
5. Demonstrate that they have deep roots in the communities they seek to transform.
Applicants are expected to submit the following:
2. A proposal that answers all the questions included in the application form.
3. Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals well acquainted with you, your
commitment to social change work, your demonstrated leadership initiative and
experience, and your connection to the community where you intend to implement your fellowship project.
How to Submit Your Application:
Send your completed application via e-mail to
. Your proposal and letters of recommendation may be scanned and sent as e-mail
attachments, or may be mailed separately.
If you choose to mail a hard copy to Akili Dada, use the following address:
Kavinya E. Makau
Director-Innovation in Leadership Program
Akili Dada P.O Box 27847 – 00100