Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI) Future Leaders Program 2022 for young South Africans


Application Deadline: 11th October 2021

The ASRI-Future Leaders Programme (FLP) recruits 30 candidates annually, for exposure to selected themes in politics, policy, democracy and governance in preparation for a career in politics, public (civil) service, civil society, business and the media. The aim of the programme is to develop the capacity, skills, aptitudes and attitudes of individuals who are interested in working in and strengthening the media, civil society, public service and government sectors, primarily.

In developing you as a young person, we enhance your social and human capital in a way that not only accelerates your personal growth but also translates into increased opportunities in the future. 

Graduates of the 2022 ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship Programme are anticipated, in the medium- to long-term, with ongoing support and mentorship from ASRI, to go on to become influential and prominent leaders in government and civil society, occupying a variety of positions in non-profit organisations; interest groups; policy institutes; media organisations; the public service and so forth. 

There is no financial cost to participants of the programme. Costs of data will be covered for participation online, along with a subsistence stipend.


Some of the themes explored in the programme include:

  • Introduction to selected themes in Politics, Democracy, The State and Government.
  • Introduction to Politics, Economics and Development
  • Ethics and Critical Thinking
  • Race, Redress, Redistribution, Reconciliation and Social Solidarity
  • Climate Justice and the Environment
  • Gender Justice
  • Law & Justice
  • Public Policy

Other focus areas include:

  • Project Management
  • Practical writing workshops
  • Practical speaking workshops
  • Practical technology applications

Programme Structure

The online component of the fellowship programme is 16 weeks long from February to May 2022 and fellows are required to be in attendance Monday to Thursday from 9am – 3pm. Due to the physical distancing constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic, the theoretical component taking place between February and May 2022 will be delivered online via Zoom webinars and breakaway rooms

Upon completion of the programme, you will take part in a 3 to 6 month work experience placement (externship) at an organisation in-line with your aspirations and interests. These will either be online or in-person, subject to the regulations of respective organisations. During this time online contact sessions will continue twice a week via zoom.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic: Students must have at least an undergraduate degree or diploma, with additional qualifications being an advantage
  • Community & leadership experience: Individuals should be active in their community, have some form of leadership experience and show potential for being a change agent in South Africa
  • Age limit: 35
  • Location: Gauteng, Johannesburg.
    • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the programme being conducted online, it has been possible to accommodate participants based in other provinces. Candidates from other provinces are thus, encouraged to apply. Once in-person residency is safely possible, classes will be held at the ASRI office in Johannesburg.
  • Right to live and work in South Africa: Candidates must have South African citizenship, or legal right to live and work in South Africa (i.e. residence permit)

Alumni requirements: Upon completion of the programme, participants are expected to remain active within the FLP Alumni network

Closing date & interviews: The closing date for applications is Monday 11th October 2021. Due to the high volume of applications received, ASRI are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by mid-November 2021.

To apply, please fill in the form below or click here: ASRI FLP 2022 Application

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ASRI Future Leaders Program 2022


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