2019 Kumvana Fellowship program for African Innovators and Leaders

Deadline: July 7, 2019.

Each year, the Kumvana Fellowship program provides 10 to 15 African innovators and leaders both regional and global opportunities to develop business and social skills and collaborate with like-minded leaders for improved social and economic impact.

The Kumvana program is designed to enable and support local innovations that lead to greater social and economic inclusion and sustainability. Kumvana Fellows contribute to a global community of EWB changemakers. Their exposure and interaction with Canadian entrepreneurs and innovation champions allow for knowledge transfer and connection.



Throughout the program, African entrepreneurs and business leaders connect with Canadian entrepreneurs and social innovation leaders to create diverse and interconnected networks for thought leadership.

The Kumvana Fellowship is designed to facilitate a deliberate and ongoing exchange of ideas and solutions to systemic social and economic problems. This includes:

  • An eight-week online learning course, and one week of leadership training in Toronto.
  • A leadership retreat held in East or West Africa to establish connections with other EWB Fellows and staff.
  • A month-long road show across Canada to connect with aspiring young leaders part of EWB’s student network and learn from business leaders across industries, including energy, healthcare. finance and agriculture.


As a Kumvana Fellow, you will:

  • Dedicate about 3 hours/week to an online learning course
  • Participate in a weekend African retreat to meet our community
  • Build relationships with African and Canadian leaders and changemakers during a 5-week intensive Canadian experience
  • Stay with a Canadian host family
  • Learn from relevant professional Canadian networks
  • Bring intention and reflection on your personal leadership journey



  • You are a citizen of, and currently working in, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Côte D’Ivoire, or Zambia
  • You have not previously taken part in a similar fellowship program.
  • You are proficient in English
  • You are able to travel to Canada in February 2020 for a full-time five-week experience
  • You can commit to an 8-week online course, taking about 3 hours of work per week
  • You are flexible in living conditions (sharing a room with another fellow of the same gender, living with a family, etc.)
  • You have the energy and drive to handle a fast-paced schedule while in Canada



The program is costs covered. All costs related to the program are either paid for directly by EWB (airfare, insurance, visas, etc.) or indirectly through a modest daily stipend, which covers basic living expenses (food, local travel) while in Canada.




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