Obama Foundation Africa Leaders Program 2018 for young Africans (Fully Funded to Johannesburg, South Africa)

Application Deadline: 6:00 PM EST on March 25, 2018.

The Obama Foundation Africa Leaders Program will inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from across Africa, through a core set of shared values and leadership skills, to build a new generation of active African citizens and positive role models prepared to create tangible solutions to the challenges in their communities, countries, and continent.

The Program seeks to identify emerging leaders in government, civil society, and the private sector who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good within their sphere of influence. The objective of the program is to build a growing network of innovative and ethical changemakers, who seek to drive change in their communities. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated potential for impact and a clear commitment to integrity.

Those who are selected to participate in the Africa Leaders Program will need to be available to be in Johannesburg, South Africa from July 14 through July 18 and able to participate in robust online programming activities throughout the year.

The Foundation is committed to recruiting a diverse cohort of Leaders, and encourages all individuals to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, or disability status.

Candidate Criteria

  • Citizen of an African country
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written)
  • Emerging leaders from all sectors approximately between 24-40 years of age
  • Available to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa from July 14 through July 18, 2018
  • Civically minded with a track record of impact
  • A clear commitment to integrity
  • A commitment to stay engaged with the Obama Foundation throughout the year and beyond
  • Ability and inclination to positively transform the future of Africa or their community


  • Please note that the Africa Leaders Program will cover costs related to economy class travel, lodging, and meals throughout the July program.

Application Procedure:

  • Please do not apply to this program if you are unable to commit to the full time required. Applications for the Africa Leaders program close at 6:00 PM EST on March 25, 2018.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. We will notify applicants via email on a rolling basis beginning on April 27, 2018.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Obama Foundation Africa Leaders Program 2018


  1. Congratulations!!! This is a very inspiring program that is long overdue. I was wondering whether the program in the future will consider men and women in their 50’s who are motivated and ready to work with the young leaders…..provide guidance, motivation, mentorship etc

  2. comment: Hello am kelvin mutiso from Kenya,i have an innovation and am interested in the program so as to showcase my ability in southafrica and the whole world,unfortunately i am aged 22 years thus contradict with the requirements to attend the conference in south africa.kind help me
    thank you

  3. Dear, i would like to take this opportunity to ask some questions; I am a human rights activist, a citizen of south sudan, a freelance writer and currently working with humanitarian organization, am i qualified to be taken for this program or not???

  4. Very unfortunate that i cant connect with my account again. and there is still enough time to apply for me.

  5. Comment: I’m blessed and honored to know about the Foundation
    im willing to be part of the Foundation,im based Swaziland in Manzini city

  6. Comment: I’m willing to be committed in the movement ,I am young man who is pastor and I read about you ,I want to be part of the Foundation,I send email about the project coming in please can you give me a chance to work with you.

  7. Africa as a continent indeed is ineed of thoughtful leadership skills transitioning. I therefore support the idea of the designed programs listed under this page as tools for leadership development for the youth. Give us the youth opportunities.

  8. hello,
    hope i find you well i started applying for africa leadership program which is going to take place in south africa,i did not finish my application the sad thing is that time i try to log in so i can finish up my application the page is not opening up.
    how do i recover my work and finish up my application

  9. I’m from Algeria. I am 18 years old and Iam in my last year in secondary shool. I want to study in the USA, Malaysia or London with a full grant because I can not afford the simplest fees

  10. I have been filling the online application for the July programme but when I reach the final stage of submission the page goes blank..I’m not sure what that means ..how do i know if my application has been submitted. I truly wouldn’t want to miss out this opportunity.thank you for your prompty reply.

  11. I have finished my application to Obama Foundation Africa Leadership program but why can’t I find where to submit? It’s not yet deadline and I really need to submit

  12. After filling the application I was unable to find the submit application icon. So I am finding it difficult to submit my application. What should I do?

  13. The application closes in 24 hours.
    I just completed my application, however, the submit button is not available.

    How do I submit my application?

  14. My name is Diana from Lagos Nigeria. Got to know about the application some days ago and i completed the form yesterday. Unfortunately, there was no icon to summit. Been on it from yesterday uptil now. What can i do to summit please.

  15. It is good to send your thoughts out there. A platform like this is a wonder ideas are born and futures generated as well.


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