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School of Transnational Governance

Young African Leaders Programme

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Programme Description

The Young African Leaders Programme of the School of Transnational Governance provides a unique opportunity for policy experts from Africa to further develop their policy work and professional skills amidst international experts.

In the dynamic academic environment of the European University Institute in Florence, selected participants will take part in workshops, training and skills development sessions, conferences, and study visits in Europe. Interaction with the other fellows, policy-makers and the academic community at the EUI will make this a truly unforgettable experience.

Places in the three-month leadership programme are fully-funded with a grant of € 2,500 per month. The African experts must live in the area of Florence for the duration of their stay. The language of the programme is English.

The Programme targets mid-career, high potential policy-makers, diplomats, and professionals from Africa, working in national and local authorities, regional, continental, international organisations and development partners, civil society organisations, academia, media and private sector, in Africa. More precisely, the Programme is open to young female and male professionals, mid-career and executives alike, who are nationals of African countries, residing in Africa and are under the age of forty-five.

The first cohort

The first cohort of Young African Leaders joined the STG in September 2021. The 17 experts from across the African continent discussed with African, European and international policy leaders in a seminar series. The fellows also received skills training and took part in public events during their stay. 

In November, a study visit took the fellows to the cities of Berlin and Brussel. The visit proved a great learning and networking experience. Furthermore, during the study visit, all the stakeholders met, including the EU and African Union representatives, reiterated the appreciation for the high-level of interaction with the Fellows and relevant views and exchanges in relation to Africa development and Africa-EU Partnership.

Several extracurricular activities made the stay in Florence an unforgettable experience for the fellows.

Selection of Fellows

The STG will establish a Selection Committee, which will steer the selection process. In selecting potential beneficiaries, beyond quality and experience of each of the candidates, the Selection Committee will pay particular attention to gender balance, fair presence of the different categories of actors (authorities, civil society, international organisations, etc.), as well as good representativeness across sub-regional geographical areas in Africa, as well as looking at creating opportunities to candidates that have not joined such type of programmes in the past.


This programme is supported by DG International Partnerships of the European Commission.

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