The French-African Foundation Calls for Applications from Young People of Africa and France for its 2020 Young Leaders Program. Deadline: 3rd April, 2020, See Eligibility, Requirements, Selection Criteria, Application Guidelines and Procedures.
The French-African Foundation has launched the Young Leaders program in
response to the immense global challenges which require a new generation
of leaders whose ambition is to become true agents of change.
This program represents an exceptional opportunity to engage with
other candidates as well as with national and continental leaders in the
public and private sector, and to drive positive impact.
French-African Foundation gathers each year a class of Young Leaders
called to play an important role in Franco-African relations, on the
basis of a public call for candidates and a selection process by a
dedicated jury. Successful candidates will participate in two seminars
of five days each, alternately in France and on the African continent.
that the young people of Africa and France belong to a single
generation and that they bear shared responsibilities in a world in
common, the French-African Foundation wishes to identify, assemble and
nurture young talents, French and African, from all backgrounds –
economic, political, academic, social and cultural -, in order to
support the leadership and the commitment of this new generation, so
that it can drive positive impact on key issues for France and Africa.
French-African Foundation, and more particularly the organization of
the Young Leaders program, is supported by African and French public and
- Be between 28 and 40 years old as of October 31st, 2020;
- Have French nationality or the nationality of an African country;
in English is required. Fluency in French or a demonstrated interest to
learn French is highly beneficial and will be an advantage in the
- Demonstrated engagement across public and
private sectors, and across geographical borders. The application must
also demonstrate applied skills and experiences in any domain (which
could include manufacturing and industry, services, public
administration, agriculture, health, science, education, tech, culture
and art, media, sports and community);
- Demonstrate inclusive
leadership, commitment, and a sustained involvement (3 years minimum)
that impacts your community, country, or sub region.
- Display of a
privileged professional and / or personal and / or associative
relationship with France and Africa (at least two out of these three
points). This connection should be a lasting link of 3 years minimum.
This year, applications from candidates with a background in sports are particularly encouraged.
candidates must show the talent, passion and shared values that have
the potential to contribute to transformative change in Africa and in
- They must be committed and motivated to engage their
potential and leadership to drive this change, as part of the Young
Leaders program and Community.
How to Apply.
to download during the application process. Please note that they
accept all documents in either English or French. Please use the
language that you are most comfortable with.
- A copy of your passport;
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV);
- Submit a video (3 minutes maximum) answering the following three questions:
- Can you introduce yourself in a few words?
- Why do you want to join the French-African Young Leaders program?
would you describe your link with France and Africa and what is your
vision of the African continent and its relations with the world ?
two letters of reference maximum from people who know you well, and the
contact details of two people that we could reach and who could tell us
more about you.
Application online until April 3rd, 2020 (midnight, Paris time).