Africa Business Fellowship 2017 – Six Months Placements in African Comapnies for Young American Business Professionals.

Application Deadline: December 1st 2016

The Africa Business Fellowship is a partnership between Econet, African Leadership Network (ALN), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). The program will match young American business professionals with paid 6-month placements in African companies. Its purpose is to strengthen relationships between the African and American business communities and provide future American business leaders with the hands-on experience they need to truly understand business in Africa.

The Africa Business Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity for American professionals to gain invaluable insight and hands-on experience in African businesses. It is a career development opportunity, an inter-cultural exchange program, and a networking platform. The ABF will develop high-potential American business professionals into leaders who have a sophisticated understanding of how business is done in Africa. In the long run, it will transform business relations between the United States and Africa.


  • Educational and professional experience, including official transcript(s)
  • 3 brief essay questions that help us understand your passions, skills and interests, as well as how the Fellowship ties to your career objectives
  • 2 minute video response which allows our candidates to share more about themselves
  • Written professional reference(s) from employer or other professional who can speak to candidate’s leadership experience and potential


  • November 1, 2016: Round 1 (preferred) application deadline
  • December 1, 2016: Round 2 (final) application deadline

Ideal candidate Profile

ABF are looking for innovative and driven professionals, with strong leadership potential, who have a deep passion for learning about and experiencing first-hand business in Africa and promoting America-Africa business relationships.  The ideal candidate will have:

  • MBA and/or 4+ years of meaningful business experience
  • Track record of academic achievement and early professional success
  • Strong analytic and communication skills
  • Community-level leadership accomplishments
  • Personal traits that reflect their potential: humility, integrity, ability to engage others, and a long-term vision for their place in the world

The Fellowship is open to US citizens and permanent residents. There is no ethnicity requirement. 

2017 Fellowship timeline

key deadlines

  • Applications Open:June 21, 2016
  • Preferred (Round 1) Application Deadline: November 1, 2016
  • Final (Round 2) Application Deadline : December 1, 2016
  • U.S. Orientation:First week of June 2017
  • Travel to Respective Countries: First week of June 2017
  • In-Country Orientation & First Day at Work: No later than June 15, 2017
  • In-Country Retreat: August TBD
  • Three Month Fellows Return to U.S. : September 2017
  • African Leadership Network’s Annual Gathering: November 2017
  • Six Month Fellows Return to U.S. :December 2017



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