2019 Obama Foundation Leaders Program

Deadline: February 28, 2019.

The Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program is designed to 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 positive change in their communities. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated potential for impact and a clear commitment to integrity.



You must meet all of the following criteria to be accepted into the Leaders: Africa program.

  1. You must be a citizen of an African country.
  2. You must currently reside in an African country (it is okay to reside in an African country other than the African country of your nationality).
  3. You must be between 24-40 years old on February 28, which is the closing date of the application.
  4. You must be fluent in speaking, reading, and writing English.



The Foundation covers economy class airfare, ground transportation in South Africa, and shared dormitory accommodations during the dates of the in-person convening. Leaders are responsible for covering any costs related to acquiring a passport and obtaining a South African visa.



  • Leaders are required to participate in a 5-day convening from July 10th to July 15th in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2019;
  • Leaders are required to take part in intense online and virtual programming activities throughout the program year, for approximately eight hours per month. This includes interactive webinars, accountability group meetings, peer review of action plans, and discussions around the values-based leadership and challenges facing ethical leaders;
  • Leaders are committed to ongoing learning and peer mentoring through in-person gatherings;
  • As active stewards of the program, Leaders are expected to collaborate with the Foundation to evaluate and refine the program for future cohorts.




Obama Foundation Leaders Program

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