Applications for the 2016 Gap Year Intake Now Open

Complete applications must be sent via e-mail to

About Akili Dada

Akili Dada is an international award-winning leadership incubator nurturing a generation of young African women from underprivileged backgrounds whose commitment to the underserved will transform their communities.  Our leadership development curriculum creates the foundation on which young women ages 13-35 build their skills and earn the essential qualifications they need to access key decision-making roles and leadership positions.  By selecting from and building the capacity of some of Africa’s most innovative young women change makers, we are meeting the urgent need for both more African women in leadership as well as the overall need for transformative leadership across the continent. For more information visit our website

About the Gap Year Program

Akili Dada Gap Year recruits high school graduates to take part in a 9 month program that targets girls aged 17-20. The program is an opportunity for these girls to learn essential skills that would prepare them for the transition to university and beyond. Through intensive skills development training, internship placement and community service engagement, the Gap Year provides a space for these girls to build their capacity as young women leaders. First priority will be given to girls from the following Akili Dada partner schools: The Kenya High School, Precious Blood Girls High School Riruta, Mary Hill Girls High School and Loreto Limuru Girls High School.

Program cost per student is 7,000 Kenya Shillings per month.

If you identify yourself as a self-determined student interested in making most of your gap year , complete and submit the application below. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.


To be considered for the 2016 Gap Year Program, complete and submit the application form below

Applicant’s Name *
Applicant’s Name
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth

e.g. Kenya High, Precious Blood, Mary Hill and Loreto Limuru

Grades for previous forms and terms


Indicate the Name, Mobile Number and Address.


Kindly complete the following questions (be as detailed as possible)

Why would you like to join the Akili Dada Gap Year Program? Please describe the skills you would like to acquire during your Gap Year. Also describe 2 things that you would like to achieve before your transition to university and indicate how you plan to achieve them.


What course would you like to pursue in University/College? Indicate whether or not you would like to pursue your university education outside Kenya.


Did you have any leadership role in high school? If yes, please describe one challenge that you faced as a leader and how you solved this challenge.


Please give an example of a successful community initiative/project that you were involved in and describe your role in this initiative.


Please describe your greatest achievements/strengths (outside academics) from your time in high school.


The total cost for the Gap Year is 63,000 KES per student

Completed applications can be submitted via our website or sent via e-mail to

If you choose to mail a hard copy to Akili Dada, use the following address:

Doris Mugambi,

Gap Year Program Lead,

Akili Dada P.O.Box 27847-00100 Nairobi-Kenya

Due to the high volume of applications, only short listed candidates will be notified.