Applications from Young Nigerians for its 2022 Kashim Ibrahim Fellows Programme. Deadline: 14th March, 2022,
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Are you a young Nigerian graduate between the ages of 25-35 and interested in public service? Apply now for the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship 2020. The one-year programme aims to create a network of high potential young Nigerians who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in the public sector and other spheres of activity over the next decade.
Established in 2018, KIF is an initiative of the Kaduna State Government (KDSG). The Fellowship is named after Sir Kashim Ibrahim, the first post-independence Governor of the Northern Region (1962-1966) who was known for his passion for education and selfless leadership which he demonstrated not only as Governor, but also as a Minister at various times.
The programme’s objective is to develop and nurture leadership ability across Nigeria, with specific focus on the promising leaders of the future. The one-year programme aims to create a network of high potential young Nigerians who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in the public sector and other spheres of activity over the next decade. The overall mission of the non-partisan programme, as envisioned by His Excellency, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, is in his words, “to raise the next generation of leaders who will most likely be absorbed into the Nigerian public sector having had a first-hand experience of its workings and challenges”.
To be eligible as a Kashim Ibrahim Fellow, applicants must demonstrate a public interest orientation.
The programme will admit twenty-four (24) Fellows representing diverse
ethnic, religious, and gender backgrounds, with varied educational and
economic environments; working from all angles and with different
perspectives to strengthen their communities and civic life.
established record of self-discipline, punctuality, dedication,
respect, confidentiality and integrity as Fellows MUST embody the change
they wish to see in the society.
- Commitment to engaging in crucial issues and to making a difference at the national level.
- Promise of a future career of leadership and notable impact.
- Special capacity for critical, creative, entrepreneurial, and strategic thinking.
- Commitment to a rigorous programme of activities and to full-time residence in Kaduna for the ENTIRE duration of the programme.
- Fellowships are available for individuals who are working to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways.
- Proficiency in English: Fellows must be fluent in spoken and written English as all programmes will be conducted in English.
- Applicants must be Nigerian citizens between 25 to 35 years of age.
graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree programme from a
recognised University and have completed the National Youth Service Corp
salary and benefits equivalent to that of Special Assistant to the
Governor from the Ministry, Department or Agency for which Fellows work.
- Accommodation in a nicely furnished one-bedroom apartment for the duration of the programme, and breakfast
Kashim Ibrahim Fellows Programme comprises of four components, namely;
- Work PlacementEngagement
in the work of Kaduna State Government lies at the heart of a Kashim
Ibrahim Fellowship. Work assignments can offer unparalleled experience
working with senior administration officials on ever changing issues and
challenges. Fellows will spend a year as full-time, paid assistants to
senior Government House Staff, Cabinet members and other top-ranking
government officials in State Departments and Agencies.
- Job Assignments:
Fellows responsibilities would range from supporting public service
delivery, interagency meetings and designing and implementing state
government policies, to drafting speeches for government principals to
representing their agencies outside Kaduna State. Fellows’ assignments
demand a capacity for quick learning and a willingness to work hard,
often on issues outside of their area of expertise.
in consultation with heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies
(MDAs) on the basis of interviews conducted during “Placement Week”.
Fellows will receive salary and benefits equivalent to that of a
Special Assistant to the Governor from the Ministry, Department or
Agency for which they work. Kashim Ibrahim Fellows cannot receive
compensation from any other source during their year of government
service. Additionally, accommodation will be provided throughout the
course of the programme.
- Job Assignments:
- Education ProgrammeThe
mandatory Education Programme serves as an important aspect of the
Fellowship as it is intended to augment and enhance the work placement
experience. Fellows are expected to fully undertake the Education
Programme which would include speaker series, domestic policy trips, an
international policy trip and Aspen Institute style quarterly seminars.
During this process, a balance is maintained between personal
development, self-reflection and the Nigerian context of leadership. The
values and ethics of leadership also form a major component of the
The Education Programme increases the
Fellows’ exposure to renowned leaders from the public and private
sectors. Each class will meet with notable global individuals who will
improve and enrich their understanding and experience of public service.
These sessions generally take place during the week, and are
off-the-record, lively and frank.
Study of government policies in
action across the country is at the heart of the Education Programme.
Kashim Ibrahim Fellows are expected to undertake several policy study
trips during the year. They will travel throughout Nigeria to study a
range of issues such as education, healthcare, security and
transportation, energy, economic development, local governance and
urbanisation. These studies provide participants with an intensive
learning and broadening experience on the principles and application of
leadership, and an opportunity to explore the issues and specific
characteristics of African leadership, as well as the global challenges
and dimensions of same.
- Community ServiceCommunity
service is a key component of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellows Programme.
Fellows have a strong legacy of service to their communities and
participate in community service projects throughout their year in
Kaduna Metropolis. Fellows will be expected to pursue projects to assist
the urban poor with solid waste management and recycling system,
volunteer teaching, mentoring secondary school students, assisting
Nigerian Legion members, or participating in the clean-up of local
- FellowshipPerhaps the
most enriching component of the programme is class fellowship, which
often results in enduring friendships and collaborative ventures. Alumni
will convene at yearly meetings in Kaduna hosted by the Governor, to
eagerly welcome new Fellows into what we hope would be one of the most
prestigious networks of professionals and leaders in the state and our
In return for the privilege of participating in the
Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to apply what they have learned by
contributing to Kaduna State and the nation as greater leaders in their
respective communities, professions, and in public service. Fellows are
expected to return to their former or new occupations more experienced
in public policy decision-making and better prepared to contribute to
state and national affairs, thereby fulfilling the mission of the
How to Apply
are required to submit a Résumé/Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages), an
essay (word document of 1000 words maximum), and two letters of
An important part of the application is the essay
where you have the opportunity to demonstrate what you have accomplished
and what your goals are for the future as we want to see people who
have had a track record of imbibing change and are looking forward to
making change as they move forward.
The most important criterion
is to have a real commitment to put your new leadership skills into use
to benefit your community, State and Nigeria upon the successful
completion of the Fellowship.
14th March, 2022.