2024 Fellowship Program for Young African Women Leaders by MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development)

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development) Fellows Program.

This program is a forward-thinking initiative dedicated to the ongoing development of promising young leaders chosen as Fellows. Participants in the program will receive a blend of training, hands-on learning, and mentorship aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skills, building networks, and fostering a supportive environment for women’s leadership on critical issues. Additionally, the program connects determined young women with influential African leaders who are committed to inspiring and empowering the next generation. Importantly, Fellows will receive ongoing support and solidarity through the MILEAD Network.

A notable aspect of our program is the intentional inclusion of community service throughout the yearlong training. Each Fellow will spearhead a community change project, known as MiCHANGE, addressing a crucial issue in their community or affecting African women as a whole.

The MILEAD Program provides Fellows with top-notch knowledge, skills, values, and support systems essential for success as 21st-century women leaders. The program will be awarded to 25 exceptional young women who have demonstrated leadership potential in their community, organization, or profession.

MILEAD is seeking vibrant young women aged 19-25 who are interested in refining their transformative leadership abilities to address challenges facing women and girls in African communities. The program includes a three-week residential Summer Institute in Ghana and a community change project. Selected candidates may be full-time students or professionals during the program, except during the three-week summer institute.

Program Details:

– Each class of MILEAD Fellows comprises twenty-five exceptional young women from 25 countries who engage in yearlong transformative leadership training and community leadership projects with support and mentoring.

– The one-year curriculum consists of approximately 22 days of in-person training along with ongoing online sessions, as well as time dedicated to mentoring and community service projects.

– The MILEAD program encompasses a three-week summer institute, continuous online seminars, informal networking opportunities, mentoring, community leadership projects, and exchange programs with other professionals.

– The three-week summer institute is a residential training session comprising lectures, discussions, workshops, visits to institutions, meetings with key leaders, case studies of successful leaders, assigned readings, research, presentations, and internships.

Program Benefits:

Selected candidates will receive the following benefits:

– Acquisition of excellent skills in leadership, activism, research, mentoring, public speaking, and advocacy, among others.

– Recognition at national and global levels as one of Africa’s most promising women leaders.

– Access to opportunities and resources for educational, professional, leadership, and personal development, including support for admission to top universities.

– Knowledge of critical cutting-edge issues such as human rights concepts, women’s human rights, leadership concepts, gender equity, and social justice.

– Automatic membership in the Moremi Fellow’s Network upon successful completion of the program.

– Long-term support:

    – Promotion of fellows’ achievements and initiatives through partner networks and the media for visibility and exposure.

    – Access to readily available Moremi Initiative mentors, including some of the most outstanding African women leaders.

    – Support for fellows to implement personal community leadership projects on issues of importance to their peers, school, community, or country.


– For the three-week MILEAD Summer Institute, all selected fellows must commit to full-time participation from July 10 to August 2, 2024, and to participate in the rest of the program from their home country or country of residence.

– Scholarships & Fees: Only a limited number of selected candidates will receive full scholarships. The fee for the 2024 MILEAD Institute is $4,500, covering travel, accommodation, tuition, meals, site visits, local events, training materials, and program-related costs. The Moremi Initiative ensures the participation of all selected candidates regardless of their financial situation. However, to meet costs, participants are encouraged to seek partial sponsorship from local donors. Only a limited number of full scholarships are available.

Application Procedure:

– Complete application forms, along with a CV and two recommendation letters, must be submitted via email.


– February 1, 2024: Applications Open

– March 22, 2024: Application deadline.

– March-April: Applications review and shortlisting.

– May: Interviews with shortlisted candidates.

– May 30, 2024: Official Announcement of 2024 MILEAD Fellows.

– July 12-August 2, 2024: 2024 MILEAD Leadership Institute.

– September 2024-August 2024: Online Seminars & International Programs.

– October 2024: Fellows activate and launch MiCHANGE community projects.

– September 2024-September 2024: Implementation of MiCHANGE Projects.

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the MILEAD [Moremi Initiative Leadership Empowerment and Development] Fellows Program

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