2022 Innocent Chukwuma African NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program

Deadline|: November 15, 2021.

The Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) in partnership with the Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) is pleased to announce this call for applications to the Innocent Chukwuma African NGO Leadership Transition Fellowship Program (ICLTFP), formerly known as the African NGO Leadership Transition fellowship Program (LTFP). The Fellowship is funded by the Ford Foundation.

The Africa Leadership Transition Fellowship Program (LFTP) began in 2018 under the moniker of the Nonprofit Leadership Transition Fellowship Program (NLTF Program), with support from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the Ford Foundation. It was started in recognition of the urgent need for an NGO leadership transition program to aid sector leaders – civil society and NGO leaders – who are considering transitioning out of their positions by creating a supportive infrastructure.

The program’s chief purpose is to help sector leaders prepare and position their NGOs to be sustainable, vibrant, and continue to thrive after their exit from the organization. The program enables both the leaders and organizations to successfully make the shift, and in so doing create spaces for a new generation of leaders in the social sector to not only emerge but also have platforms to apply their creative and youthful energies. Transitioning leaders would develop succession plans within their own organizations, contemplate their personal transition plans, and document their knowledge and experience.


I. Founder/Executive Director of an NGO in Africa, and from Africa, ‘actively’ seeking to transition away from their NGO/CSO.
II. Approval from the board to take a sabbatical from work from March – May 2022
III. Candidate must be above forty (40) years of age
IV. Candidate must have been in the executive leadership position for at least ten (10) years
V. Candidate must be a full-time paid staff of the NGO
VI. Medical fitness certified by qualified medical doctor


I. Stipend: $3,000 covering living support and associated expenses for one month in South Africa.
II. Accommodation: one single furnished bedroom either in a studio/one bedroom, or shared apartment with other fellows for one month in South Africa.
III. Economy class return ticket from home country to South Africa for in-person placements at CAPSI
IV. Visa application fees.
V. Travel Health Insurance


Applicants are required to apply for the Fellowship through the electronic application portal on the AROCSA website. Applications must include the following:
I. Completed electronic application forms
II. Copy of valid international passport (must be valid for six months from March 2022)
III. Curriculum Vitae
IV. Two letters of recommendation (including one from the NGO Board Chair indicating that the board is aware and approves of the applicant’s participation in the fellowship)
V. 3-5 page (double space, 12pt font with one-inch margins) personal statement that includes, but not limited to, the reason for participating in the fellowship and anticipated fellowship objectives that the applicant seeks to achieve


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