2016 YALI Regional Leadership Center Fellowship Program for Southern Africans- Cohort 4 & 5 (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2016 23:59 SAST

The Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa is now receiving applications  for Cohort Four (15 August – 9 September 2016) and Cohort Five (19 September – 14 October 2016).

The YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (RLC SA) is hosted by the University of South Africa at the Graduate School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South Africa.  It serves as the regional hub across southern Africa to encourage transformational learning and enhance leadership skills.

The RLC SA aims to create critical thinkers who can solve complex, multidisciplinary problems; foster entrepreneurial and innovative thinking; and encourage cross-border communication and multicultural collaboration. The RLC SA develops the skills of young African leaders by providing core training in contemporary African issues, as well as specialized training in three key areas: Business and Entrepreneurship; Civic Leadership and Public Management and Governance.

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.


  • The RLC SA serves participants ages 18-35 from 14 countries in Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, The Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia,  The Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Selected participants will engage in leadership training in one of three tracks of study:

*   Business and Entrepreneurship
*   Civic Leadership
*   Public Management and Governance

The 4 week program includes:

*   Residential learning on-site at the Center in South Africa
*   Site visits and simulation exercises
*   Group and Individual project work

The program encourages applications from:
*   Rural based and economically disadvantaged communities
*   Young leaders living with disabilities
*   Women
*   People who are HIV positive or who are living with AIDS
*   Individuals that represent and advocate for the rights of LGBTIQ communities across the region
*   Other minority groups

There is no fee to apply for or attend the program.  Successful applicants will be provided round-trip transportation to the program, lodging, meals, and course materials thanks to our generous partners including USAID and the MasterCard Foundation. All personal incidentals such as passport fees, supplementary meals, entertainment, etc. will be at the expense of the participant.

The program is residential and requires a commitment to attend all sessions from 15 August – 9 September 2016 for Cohort 4 or all sessions from 19 September14 October 2016 for Cohort 5. Following the residential program, there is an online project component for three weeks.

Apply Now for the 2016 YALI Regional Leadership Center Fellowship Program for Southern Africans

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 YALI Regional Leadership Center Fellowship Program for Southern Africans


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