The Africa Business Fellowship is a partnership between Econet, African Leadership Network (ALN), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). The program will match young American business professionals with paid 6-month placements in African companies. Its purpose is to strengthen relationships between the African and American business communities and provide future American business leaders with the hands-on experience they need to truly understand business in Africa. We believe that by exposing high-achieving American professionals to African business at this stage in their careers, we are setting the stage for increased American-African investment and more meaningful collaboration.

The Africa Business Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity for American professionals to gain invaluable insight and hands-on experience in African businesses. It is a career development opportunity, an inter-cultural exchange program, and a networking platform. The ABF will develop high-potential American business professionals into leaders who have a sophisticated understanding of how business is done in Africa. In the long run, it will transform business relations between the United States and Africa.

The Fellowship is open to US citizens and permanent residents. There is no ethnicity requirement. 


  • Educational and professional experience, including official transcript(s)
  • 3 brief essay questions that help us understand your passions, skills and interests, as well as how the Fellowship ties to your career objectives
  • 2 minute video response which allows our candidates to share more about themselves
  • Written professional reference(s) from employer or other professional who can speak to candidate’s leadership experience and potential


  • October 1, 2015: Round 1 (preferred) application deadline
  • November 9, 2015: Round 2 (final) application deadline

Ideal candidate Profile

We are looking for innovative and driven professionals, with strong leadership potential, who have a deep passion for learning about and experiencing first-hand business in Africa and promoting America-Africa business relationships.  The ideal candidate will have:

  • MBA and/or 5+ years of meaningful business experience
  • Track record of academic achievement and early professional success
  • Strong analytic and communication skills
  • Community-level leadership accomplishments
  • Personal traits that reflect their potential: humility, integrity, ability to engage others, and a long-term vision for their place in the world

key DEADLINES dates

First Day to Submit Application –                                                                 July 23, 2015
Preferred (Round 1) Application Deadline                                               October 1, 2015
Final (Round 2) Application Deadline                                                        November 9, 2015
Interviews                                                                                                              November – December, 2015
Fellowships Offers Made                                                                                  February 2016
US Orientation                                                                                                     June 2016
Travel to Respective Countries                                                                     Immediately after US Orientation (June 2016)
In-Country Orientation & First Day at Work                                             Few Days after Arrival
In-Country Retreat                                                                                             August 2016
ALN Annual Gathering & Return to US                                                       November 2016




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