Complete applications must be sent via e-mail to by Friday, November 11th 2016


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


Akili Dada awards year fellowships to young African women leaders between the ages of 23-30 who are driving transformative change in their communities and are looking to grow their projects to scale and sustainability. The fellowship is an opportunity for young women to design and implement solutions to the challenges faced by their communities. The fellowship provides opportunities for dynamic young women leaders to learn essential skills and apply those skills in the context of their communities.  To learn more about our current fellows visit our website


Fellows will be selected on the basis of

  • The strength of their social change project
  • Previous leadership initiative
  • Willingness to learn from peers and more experienced mentors
  • The ability to share their skills with peers and intended project beneficiaries

**All fellows need to have deep roots in the communities they seek to transform and be from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Selection is NOT based on past academic performance or qualifications

Young women engaged in social entrepreneurship in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) are encouraged to apply.


Akili Dada fellows will benefit from;

  • Access to a series of seminars from experts in the social change field
  • Site visits to successful social entrepreneurship and social impact organizations
  • Access to a dynamic network of Akili Dada Mentors
  • Access to the Akili Dada network of funding partners and social change agents
  • Access to Akili Dada’s office facilities.

On completion of the year-long program, fellows will possess the skills and resources required to lead a strong, healthy, accountable and sustainable organization that are bringing about measurable social change in their communities.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a young woman between the ages of 23-30
  • Be from an economically disadvantaged background.
  • Have a Social Enterprise (a business with a social impact) or a Social Innovation (an initiative that has social impact).
  • Demonstrate previous leadership initiative and experience.
  • Have been working on your project for at least two years preferably on a full-time basis
  • Be able to commit one year to the fellowship program (beginning January 2017 and ending December 2017)
  • Be able to attend trainings every other month for one week in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Must be able to communicate in English both written and verbal.

Young women from marginalized communities (women living with disabilities, pastoralists, Arid and Semi-Arid Land areas) are encouraged to apply


To be considered for the Akili Dada Fellowship, complete and submit the application form below


Name *

Street Address or P.O.Box, City, Country, Postal Code

Telephone/Mobile Phone Number *

e.g. 10th Dec 1990, Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi



Include their name, Phone number and email address

Describe your background and/or any significant experiences that help define you as a person.

Explain why you want to be an Akili Dada Fellow, and how both your personal and social change goals will be achieved through your participation in the fellowship. Include information about what motivates you, the community where you will be implementing your project and why you want to do so. Please describe in detail what you’ve been doing for your community or your social enterprise.

If you are awarded an AKili Dada Fellowship, it will be based on a project or enterprise that already exists in your community. Please describe your idea, where you want to implement it, the change you intend to contribute to in your community as a result of the project, the resources required both in the short term as well as after the fellowship to ensure that the project you implement grows and is sustainable.

Also submit two Letters of Recommendation from persons who are well acquainted with you, your commitment to social change work, demonstrated leadership initiative and experience, and your connection to the community where you intend to implement your fellowship project

Completed applications can be submitted via our website or sent via e-mail to by Friday, November 11th 2016.

**Proposal and letters of recommendation may be scanned and sent as e-mail attachments, or may be mailed separately. If you choose to mail a hard copy to Akili Dada, use the following address:

Joyce Ngumba, Director-Innovation in Leadership Program, Akili Dada P.O Box 27847-00100 Nairobi-Kenya

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