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Young African Leaders Programme

Programme Start Date





Palazzo Buontalenti

Applications are closed.

Applications Deadline:

The application deadline for the 2023/2024 fellowship is 22 February 2023 (15:00 Italian time, CET)

Applications must be submitted through the online application form. There are no paper forms to complete or to mail – hard copy or email applications will not be accepted.

There are two distinct phases in the application process:

  1. Register your application
  2. Submit your application by 22 February 2023 (15:00 Italian time, CET)

Once you have registered your application, you may continue to work on the details and attachments until the deadline. Submit the application only when you have filled in all the information correctly and have successfully uploaded the final version of the attachments.

After submission, it will not be possible to update or modify your application.


Candidates should submit the following documents in the English language and in PDF:

  • A CV in PDF of maximum 3 pages.
  • A short biography in the application form: the bios serves in the selection process and will also be used for communications purposes if the applicant is accepted for the fellowship. Please write the bios in third person singular using maximum 1000 characters including spaces. Where possible, it should point out the work or studies the candidate has carried out on EU-Africa relations, which will be an asset in the selection process.
  • A statement of purpose, in PDF: in the statement of purpose, you explain who you are and why you deserve to be part of the Young African Leaders Programme and the EUI-STG. Use the statement to elaborate your views and perspectives on the link between your participation in the programme and the EU-Africa partnership and relations. It gives the admissions committee a chance to get to know you and understand how you could add value to the programme.

    The statement of purpose needs to be maximum four pages and include:
    • Introduction – a brief introduction of yourself and your background relating to your motivation to apply for the Young African Leaders Programme.
    • Body, stating your:

1) relevant experience and accomplishments related to your field of work

2) professional goals as they relate to the programme

3) reason of interest in the programme

4) your added value to the programme, also in relation to the Africa-EU partnership

    • Conclusion – summarising the statement including key pointers as to why the admission committee should select you.
  • A short summary (minimum 1000 characters in the dedicated box in the application form) of the statement of purpose mentioned above.
  • A copy of the highest educational certificate/ transcript and language in which this highest level of education was achieved.
  • Name and contact details of one referee, preferably a person who has worked with the applicant, whom the EUI may contact. Give preference to non-academic referees.

The expected level of English proficiency is level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

An English certificate is not requested as part of the application, but successful candidates may be invited for an interview in English and requested to provide a certificate/supporting document on registration. This can be one of the international certificates listed below, or another supporting document showing that the candidate’s level of English is sufficient for using it as a working language (for example, a certificate of attendance of English language schools, a degree in English as a foreign language, a proof of work in an English-speaking environment). Native English speakers are exempt of proof.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English Examinations (CAE)
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
  • Business English Certificate (BEC)

*including special TOEFL Home Edition Test, for candidates who are unable to take the test at a test centre due to public health concerns.

By registering/ submitting application, you give your consent for processing the data as specified in the Privacy Statement for Application and Selection Procedures for EUI Post-Doctoral Programmes/Fellowships and in accordance with the EUI’s Data Protection Policy outlined in the EUI Data Protection Policy (Decision of the President No. 10 of 18 February 2019)

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